SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Keyboard Shortcuts

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There are many SOLIDWORKS Electrical users who try to use the mouse as little as possible. While we can’t totally eliminate the need for a mouse in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, we can add a plethora of keyboard shortcuts, customized to your preference. In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, to add keyboard shortcuts, right click on the Quick Access Toolbar and select “Customize Quick Access Toolbar.” In the resulting window, select the “Keyboard” tab. The category dropdown corresponds to whatever tabs are available on the […]

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Battle of the Boards: CircuitWorks vs SOLIDWORKS PCB

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You need to get SOLIDWORKS assemblies made of your PCBs. What is the best method to do that? There are two options: CircuitWorks and SOLIDWORKS PCB. Which is best for you? What’s the difference? CircuitWorks CircuitWorks is just a bridge to allow SOLIDWORKS to open files produced by other ECAD PCB design software. It requires an intermediary file format be used, referred to as IDF files. IDF (Intermediate Data Format) is an open file format that has gone through a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Defining PLCs with Racks and Modules

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The PLC manager is accessed through Project > PLCs. It allows you to add and modify PLCs in the project. You can add PLCs individually, or you can set them up as Racks with Cards (modules). In this article, I’ll walk through setting up a PLC with a rack and modules. We’ll focus on how to set up the slots of the rack and specify in which slots the cards are installed. Setting up the PLC First, click on Add […]

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Solidworks Electrical: Import a BOM to start a project

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Sometimes your project workflow may be such that it starts with a Bill of Material. For that, SOLIDWORKS Electrical has the “Import Data” feature. This populates the component tree of your project in an easy, quick and simple way. Start with creating your BOM in Excel. It can be saved in xls or xlsx format. Then run the “Import Data” command found on the Import/Export tab in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. By selecting this option, you go through the following steps. Start […]

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Setting Default Root Marks in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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Whenever you place a symbol in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, it will automatically assign it a component designator. The designator by default is made up of a root mark, followed by an order number. The default root marks are determined by the class of the symbol. For example: motor symbols are in the motors class, which has a property that says all symbols should be labeled with “M,” so the third motor would become M3. Maybe at some point, you have had […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Import a BOM to start a project

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Sometimes your project workflow may be such that it starts with a Bill of Material. For that, SOLIDWORKS Electrical has the “Import Data” feature. This populates the component tree of your project in an easy, quick and simple way. Start with creating your BOM in Excel. It can be saved in xls or xlsx format. Then run the “Import Data” command found on the Import/Export tab in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. By selecting this option, you go through the following steps. Start […]

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Introducing the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer

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If you have a seat of SOLIDWORKS PCB, but would like managers, design reviewers, or other designers to be able to view the schematics or layouts of boards without using that seat, then you’ll be happy to know that there is now a free SOLIDWORKS PCB viewer. You will no longer have to produce PDF documentation for a review. They can view all of the PCB files in their native format, and just produce the PDFs for release documentation. The […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – PCB Enhancements

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Duplicate Pad Designators Traditionally, PCB designers would make their PCB footprints with mounting holes and label those holes as pad 0. Multiple mounting holes would all be labeled pad 0. And pretty much every PCB design software doesn’t have an issue with that. SOLIDWORKS PCB hasn’t had an issue with that either, except for when it comes to the collaboration with SOLIDWORKS CAD. We couldn’t handle it on the mechanical end and required people to label every pad with a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Electrical: Report Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 has some great improvements to the report outputs that we can generate. Report Enhancements for Fields and Templates 2019 saw the addition of table views to the SQL Query tab in the report properties. That makes it a lot easier to make custom reports or modifications, not having to worry as much about the FROM statement in the query. In 2020 we have some further enhancements. Out of the box we have reports that allow you to […]

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SOLIDWORKS PCB: Workflows and Conflicts Using Subversion

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When using SOLIDWORKS PCB there is built-in Subversion to mediate the ECAD collaboration. SOLIDWORKS has come a long way since I wrote the last blog about this in March. There is now a PDM connector that will let you check your projects into PDM. However, you may still want to utilize SVN, and I felt that I needed to go into more detail on how that can look. Here are a couple of different workflow scenarios where there are two […]

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