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 between the two designs, and then finalizing to a manufacturing team. This “normal” workflow has been disrupted with how SOLIDWORKS Electrical is developed. Because the system is tied together on
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 in: Project > Locations In this location, you’ll want to think about how your project will be structured. Are you designed an electrical cabinet? A harness? A pneumatic/hydraulic
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 to house the macro in an easily accessible area. Simply right-click the empty space in the macros window and select “New Group”: From here you can create a
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 and outputs, process piping, control systems, and much more. Simple P&ID example SOLIDWORKS Electrical is designed to help organize this data in P&ID drawings and combine these drawings
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. The first tab “Find” is used to quickly locate symbols based on their description. This can be very helpful when you need to locate a symbol such as a three-phase
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 will exist on our automated bill of materials. Although there are methods to expedite this selection process, we found that this process felt too manual for our users. So, in
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 the product line to help electronics and mechanical designers collaborate during the development of printed circuit boards. This tool allows and introduces a new workflow for the design of PCBs.
(SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016| Last edited August 5, 2015 – V1.0) SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic uses a unique method to generate documentation during the schematic design process. By linking information together, changes made within a project can propagate to different areas of the project automatically. With this in place, it is possible to modify the language output of the project. This allows us to communicate our designs on an international platform. SOLIDWORKS Electrical, as an interface, has support with the following languages: Figure 1. Supported Schematic Languages Figure 2. Application Interface Languages When considering what languages can be used, Figure 2 shows what languages are available within the schematic design itself. The