SOLIDWORKS PCB 2017 – ECAD to MCAD and Back – Printed Circuit Board Design

In SOLIDWORKS 2017 we introduce a new product in our line up called SOLIDWORKS PCB and PCB Connector. The development of printed circuit boards has been a part of the SOLIDWORKS design process on the mechanical side for quite some time now. However, we didn’t step into the actual development process of printed circuit board(PCB) schematics and layouts until now. In this process, we begin to bridge the gap between ECAD and MCAD design. Instead of working in multiple design […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Natural sort options for marks – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Natural sort options for marks – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018, we continued our development in controlling how we create marks for components. With the natural sort options for marks, our projects can view components and adhere our marks in an intelligent manner. We can access the options for the natural mark sorting by going to Configurations > Project > Mark: Sort by Mark mode provides control over all lists of marks in […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical – Global Project Drawing Styles, Multi-level terminals – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Global Project Drawing Styles, Multi-level terminals – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018, we introduce a new way to ensure consistency of drawing across all of your schematic output documentation. Global project drawing styles allow us control and customize our styles across our schematics without having to perform manual updates. To access these drawing styles we enter into the project configurations: This development area of SOLIDWORKS Electrical works with layers, linetypes, and text styles. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – CircuitWorks – Recognize SW Features – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – CircuitWorks – Recognize SW Features – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS 2018 we introduce the ability to export SOLIDWORKS board files into CircuitWorks. This wizard import supports: Fillets, chamfers, holes as well as the hole wizards, patterns (linear, sketch, curve, and circular), and blocks in sketches. Let’s take a look at the CircuitWorks Wizard: With the board model above, we can see the development process of the board with SOLIDWORKS part model features. We’ll select “Export to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – CircuitWorks Opening ECAD Files – #SW2018

In SOLIDWORKS 2018, we introduce the ability to open ECAD files directly into SOLIDWORKS. With this new option in CircuitWorks, we can build a CircuitWorks file as a SOLIDWORKS part which previously only allowed us to build the CircuitWorks file as an assembly. Let’s take a look at an example: First we’ll open a board file directly using File > Open: This action will open up the file into Circuitworks where we can select “Build Model as Part”: This translation […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Electrical – Shortcuts to Project Design, Data Reuse

Electrical – Shortcuts to Project Design, Data Reuse     How do we increase the speed that you are able to produce projects? In SOLIDWORKS Electrical there are many different methodologies that help us develop and design projects. As we build up projects, we inherently become faster and faster at design based on the tools we learned and the experience we gain from understanding where the tool are for design. The work you do in these projects, even if it’s […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Electrical – Considering Different Workflows

SOLIDWORKS Electrical – Considering Different Workflows   The development of SOLIDWORKS Electrical was ground with the idea of being a collaborative software. Built from the ground up, initially as an electrical schematic tool, it developed into SOLIDWORKS Electrical: 3D has opened the doors to many new workflows that can be implemented into teams that consist of both electrical and mechanical designers.   Within the SOLIDWORKS software, the basic design workflow begins with an electrical design, helps develop the mechanical aspects, integration […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Electrical – Organizing Your Parts with Locations

Organizing Your Parts with Locations   Locations – Why do we use them?   In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, there’s an organization tool called locations. What are locations used for? Well, its primary function is to help you shuffle components in your project into manageable areas. When you have a project that being collaborated with a mechanical team, there are a few best practices that you can use to make sure that your organization is optimized.   Locations can first be developed […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Utilizing the Power of Macros in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Utilizing the Power of Macros in SOLIDWORKS Electrical   Macros in SOLIDWORKS Electrical are a way to utilize objects several times. In a way, it’s a fancy way of doing a copy and paste. A macro can contain everything from circuits to block. Within the software there are several areas where macros are utilized but the most common one is located in the macros window:     To create a macro, we want to first create a group for us […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Process and Instrumentation Diagrams, P&IDs

Process and Instrumentation Diagrams, P&IDs   One of the most unknown features in SOLIDWORKS Electrical is the ability to create P&ID schematic diagrams. Process and instrumentation diagrams consist of many different mechanical elements for process flow. A complete P&ID schematic will show the connection of the process equipment and all of the instrumentation used to control it. The data within these designs can vary from simple to complex but can contain elements such as names of the equipment, control inputs […]

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