Connecting the Dots, I Mean Terminals

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Wire styles are an important piece of the design set up in a project in SOLIDWORKS Schematic.  In each project, we have these styles set up to denote our particular wire sizes, wire information, and also the wire numbering.  They are an important piece to a proper template set up. Many times with companies new to the SW Schematic tool, users have done a fantastic job of creating their wire styles.  They have them filled in with all their required […]

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SOLIDWORKS Schematic: Connectors and Components

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When designing our systems in SOLIDWORKS Schematic we are sometimes faced with a component that has a connector associated with it. Another design situation is that we have components that we are designing the harness to connect them all together with. One solution would be to graphically document each portion with a symbol. That may work for some, but prove cluttered or busy to others. It also has the unwanted distinction that they have not connected the symbol to symbol. A […]

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Cable Information

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Often times in SOLIDWORKS Schematic training and consulting I receive questions regarding marks or labels on cables or wires. What is better, which do you prefer or what is the norm in use by others? The short answer is yes, both are used all over in users designs. It really boils down to what information to display and what the users need to detail. More importantly, is how many steps to take or where to take them. Cable marks are great […]

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Project Templates: Building a project baseline

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In a recent post, Schematic Designs: Work Faster and Smarter From Your Own Content Library, I wrote about setting yourself up for some consistency and speed in your initial design steps.  The beginning of that process is using a project template. In SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic that base template or project starting point is where we are looking to take initial information and leverage it up and down the project. Wire styles, page numbering, component numbering, unit system and title blocks used […]

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Schematic Designs: Work Faster and Smarter From Your Own Content Library

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One of the first things I often talk about at the beginning of training classes is increasing the speed of your design while maintaining a level of consistency.  In SOLIDWORKS Schematic there are several ways to accomplish that.  Many have found more ways, but I am going to hit my favorite three, project templates, project macros, and macros. As we create content and build up projects in our day to day work, we have been creating a “design library” of […]

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Schematic Drawing & Viewing: Two Tricks to Improving Readability

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For a while now, Nodal Indicators have been an option to use in SOLIDWORKS Schematic.  I initially thought they were a nice feature, but never really used them at all.  In fact, most of the time in my classes that I taught or in consulting engagements I overlooked using or completely dismissed it.  That all changed when I start working on a project that really had me working with my routing and connections from the schematic.  I found myself flipping […]

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SOLIDWORKS Schematic: Drawing an Easier Document, in Style!

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Changing up the look and feel of your project documentation pages is a snap with drawing styles.  Added with the 2018 release of SOLIDWORKS Schematic, a drawing style configuration allows you to affect each drawing of the project. Areas that you can control are the layer definitions, the line types and the text styles. All these customizations are stored in a configuration file which you can edit. Only one configuration file is associated with the project.  By using this feature, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Two Easy Organizing Tips

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Working with different customer requirements, users could face some clutter or search issues when creating repeatable content.  Also, creating that content on drawings might take a bit of time to sort through.  Here are two tricks to hopefully help you work with your libraries and macros.  In the SOLIDWORKS Schematic application, there is a project configuration tab for Libraries and Palettes. Our first tip would be that when you have a project that is using the IEC standard and you only want to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic: Classifications, Don’t skip this setup!

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New with the 2018 release of SOLIDWORKS Schematic, users are now able to create custom classifications and sub-classes in the environment. This was such a huge improvement to the setup of the company’s environment, yet it is one area so often overlooked. There are several ways that SOLIDWORKS Schematic can use classification to speed or create consistency in design. One way is in the creation of component marks. Organizing the Library of Manufacturers parts, symbol organization and use as a filter […]

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Importing Manufacturer Part Data

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Adding your own list of content definitions to the Library of parts data is not a difficult process. SOLIDWORKS Schematic has a feature allowing data to be imported in the form of Excel files or text files for part and attribute creation. Step 1: Importing the Data You are able to select the type of files (text or Excel file) as the data source and to be imported. Step 2: Definition of a Data Range Pick the Data range for data to […]

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