Helping yourself….with SOLIDWORKS Electrical

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself” (Chinese proverb). I often get asked in training classes or presentations where there may be some extra help or if there are any tutorials available. The short answer is yes and the long answer is this blog! SOLIDWORKS Electrical has several tutorials, in fact, a whole panel of tutorials waiting for you to explore in the application itself. There are also other ways of getting additional help and insight into Electrical Schematic, ie, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Report Short Cuts, I Mean Links

Report Short Cuts, I Mean Links   Work faster with keyboard shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS Electrical; one benefit of using them is time.   There have been studies that show that using keyboard shortcuts allows computer users to work 10 times faster than working with the mouse. The time you spend looking for the mouse and then getting the cursor to the position you need is lost time! Reducing the working time by 10 brings you greater efficiency.   I seem to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – New Formula Manager UI #SW2015

When tasked to blog from the SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New PDF, the Schematic enhancement that jump out was to the formula manager.  Just recently I blogged on Device Wiring: Using formulas to deliver specific wire numbers.  That blog used the formula manager which is now very easy to find and use. Highlights of the improvement in Formula Management: Refined UI now includes recently used and favorite formulas for reuse. Over 40 more variables throughout the various formula managers allow for […]

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Device Wiring: Using formulas to deliver specific wire numbers

SOLIDWORKS Electrical uses variables that sends information to the data base, (Component marks, wire numbers…). This information in the variables can then be utilized via the formula manager so that it can be displayed in your documentation. For example: Equipotential number coming from the database: "5" This value is stored in the variable "EQU_NO" If you want to present this information on your drawing as "005" (N° displayed with 3 characters), you will need to use the following formula: STRZ(VAL(EQU_NO), […]

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Quick VFD With Black Box Symbols – SOLIDWORKS Electrical

One of the lesser known or used symbols in SOLIDWORKS Electrical is the black box.  I am going to show you how to create a VFD for your schematic page with just that symbol.   Start by having your motor branch drawn out.  Along with that, have control circuits that you want to use drawn in as well.  You can do these in separate objects or as shown here, one black box symbol.   With the branch and control drawn, you can […]

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Automatic Circuit Arrows in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Origin and destination arrows in SOLIDWORKS Electrical let you create a continuity link between wires in different schematic drawings, or in the same drawing if required.  It could also be for cables in line diagrams or wires in schematics.  Placing these can be done automatically, saving yourself a couple of steps. This command is used to automatically generate the origin-destinations between wires with the same number.   A specific symbol is placed at the end of the wire and a configurable […]

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CATI Electrical Blog Series #5, Terminal Strips & Report Drawings

In last week's series topic we explored some of the navigation features of SOLIDWORKS Electrical and this week's look is at one of many ways to generate documents from our work up to this point: Terminal strip drawings and drawings containing information generated from the included report manager. SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a complete terminal strip management system, from the insertion of terminals in drawings, to the automatic generation of the terminal strip drawings, to cabling the terminals. The Terminal strips manager will […]

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CATI Electrical Blog Series #4, Goto….Multiple pages

In last week's series topic of macros and data reuse, we saw several ways to create many pages of diagrams. So how does someone find a certain symbol location or create continuity links to the other pages?  SOLIDWORKS Electrical has several features that make that a simple click. The Origin & Destination arrows command creates those links for you. For navigation of multiple pages, SOLIDWORKS Electrical has the ability to jump to different locations of the project directly from symbols and […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Series, #3 – Data Reuse & Macro’s

In last week's series topic of symbols, we took a look at the symbols and their use in the SOLIDWORKS Electrical application. Using the symbols and schematics, we now have completed diagrams that we can reuse in later projects. SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a library allowing you to store parts of schemes, called "Macros". Grabbing your favorite motor starter circuit or others that you reference repeatedly is now at your mouse pointer in the side panel. Every time you insert a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Series, #2 – Symbols

In last week's blog, we briefly looked at several schematic tools available in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. This week I would like to look at symbols and their use in the SOLIDWORKS Electrical application. The comprehensive electrical symbol library is used differently from the single line tool when creating 2D schematic diagram. For these diagrams it utilizes the traditional electrical symbols. These electrical symbols are handled much the same way as other electrical schematic capture tools giving SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2D schematic design […]

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