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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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Speed Up Your Symbols Search!

Speed Up Your Symbols Search!   Often times we overlook simple tools that can make a world of difference when put to use. In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, one of these simple tools that can help save us time is the symbols palette. This tool can be activated by opening a schematic sheet and then going to the view tab, dockable panels, and selecting the symbol palette icon:     This will open up the symbols palette with a few default tabs. […]

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What’s New 2017: SOLIDWORKS Electrical | Super Parts – #SW2017

SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Super Parts With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2017, several enhancements of the software have been created. This includes the development of new features in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017. Of the many new features, one of these enhancements is the introduction of super parts. Often times when developing in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, we come across manufactured parts that require several auxiliary parts. This means during our design, we need to add these extra parts to our components to ensure that they […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS PCB – #SW2017

SOLIDWORKS PCB   In SOLIDWORKS 2017 there are several new features and products entering into the SOLIDWORKS product environment. With electro-mechanical design, we often see a disconnect between electrical and mechanical designers. To bridge this gap, we have added innovative tools to unify design under the SOLIDWOKS umbrella. With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3.0, we are proud to introduce a new product for the design of printed circuit boards called SOLIDWORKS PCB.     SOLIDWORKS PCB was added into […]

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