SOLIDWORKS Electrical: How to Flip the Horizontal Terminal Strip Drawing

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When inserting terminal strip symbols in the schematic, the red arrow designates which side is pin 1. In the final terminal strip drawing that gets produced, if you have it draw vertically, pin 1 ends up on the left; if drawing horizontally it is on the bottom. That means for horizontal strip drawings, the red arrow indicates the load/field side, while for vertical strip drawings it indicates the opposite. How can we change that so the red arrow still indicates […]

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Insert Any Image Type Into SOLIDWORKS Electrical – With Video Instructions

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In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, inserting a picture (rather than attaching one) requires the photo to be of type BMP or DIB. Inserting is a better method than attaching because if the original image gets moved to a different location on your hard drive or network, and you’ve merely attached the image, your document will no longer show the picture. Traditionally, we have always thought that the only way to insert non-supported pictures was to convert the image types by opening the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Server Migration: How To

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Sometimes the need arises that your SOLIDWORKS Electrical Server needs to be moved to a new machine. We get questions about how to migrate the electrical database. SOLIDWORKS Electrical makes it pretty straightforward to backup/restore the database environment, so we will use that to make the server move as painless as possible. Open SOLIDWORKS Electrical on any client machine that is connecting to the existing server and run the environment archive command, selecting to archive all objects. The time it […]

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Demystifying the SOLIDWORKS PCB Repository

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Repositories are a background area where all of SOLIDWORKS PCB project files are backed up for version control purposes, as well as facilitating the collaboration between ECAD and MCAD. This article will attempt to clear up any confusion on how they are used, and whether they are necessary. Do I need repositories? Yes! When you install SOLIDWORKS PCB Services, there will automatically be one “Default Repository” created. You need to have at least one repository, but you can have more […]

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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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