Removing Combs from PLCs

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In this blog we will discuss a common issue with combs and channel grouping we’ve seen while creating PLCs in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. We will not go over the basics of how to set up a PLC, for that information please view: https://www.cati.com/blog/2020/02/solidworks-electrical-defining-plcs-with-racks-and-modules/ When creating a project within SOLIDWORKS Electrical you will frequently use Programmable Logic Control for automation. You can easily insert a PLC into your SOLIDWORKS Electrical project utilizing the PLC manager. The PLC is located on the Project […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Add Bounding Box Length to a Linked Design Table in a Drawing

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When utilizing a design table there are times you may want to add it to link it in your drawings to have an up to date table of all your dimensions within your model. Unfortunately, since bounding box length is a driven measurement you are unable to add this dimension to your design table. You can add a sketch on the the face of the flat pattern and then insert a dimension to show this in the design table but […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Reimport Electrical Data for Wires, Cables, and Harnesses

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Previously, in SOLIDWORKS Electrical / SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, if you wanted to remove a wire from a route you would need to clear the unwanted wire, cable, or harness from your Schematic and delete the route to be able to successfully remove the wire from the 3D model. Now in 2020 we have the capability to remove a wire or core from electrical routes, cables or harnesses in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, then re-import that model, and the software removes the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Converting Between Baseline and Chain Dimensions

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In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can easily modify Baseline Dimensions into Chain Dimensions or vice versa. To convert a chain dimension to a baseline dimension: Right-click any dimension in the set and click Convert to Base.   To convert a baseline dimension to a chain dimension, right-click any dimension in the set and click Convert to Chain.   I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2020. Please […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 3 – Electrical Installations

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be broken down into two parts SQL Meta Data and Electronic Program Data. SQL Meta Data has All data about everything… (All the CAD document data is contained here.) Electronic Program Data Program Files – The application, (without this the program will not run). Program Data – The data, (without it the program will run…but will have no content) Licensing scheme for SOLIDWORKS Electrical: SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional (limited to 1 PC) […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Undefined Color Properties in Animation Library – #SW2019

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In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS Composer for Flash or Setcolor animations you were forced to select a predefined color for that animation. In SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 you can now specify the color parameter of the predefined Flash and SetColor motions properties to Undefined. This parameter lets you avoid changing the color of the selected actor during this step of the animation. Note: The ability to set a predefined color is still available in this version of the Software. I hope this part of the What’s […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Interference Detection in Multi-Body Parts – #SW2019

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One of the most frequently utilized evaluation tools in assembly modeling is Interference Detection. Interference Detection identifies interferences between components and helps you to examine and evaluate those interferences. Interference detection is useful in situations where it may be difficult to visually see if two components interfere with each other. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2019 this evaluation tool is available for use in Multi-body parts to visually detect interferences between multiple solid bodies as you would with multiple components within an assembly. […]

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