SOLIDWORKS SCHEMATIC 2018 What’s New – Terminal Blocks – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS SCHEMATIC 2018 What’s New – Terminal Blocks – #SW2018 New in 2018 SOLIDWORKS Schematic is the ability for Manufacture parts can now be added directly to the top-level terminal strip.  Parts that need to be included in the BOM like accessories are now even easier to add.  Accessories that need to be added to BOM, terminal strip drawings or to the 2D Cabinet Layout drawing, like end stops and spacers, can be added directly to the strip editor.  Both of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Custom Classifications – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Custom Classifications – #SW2018 I was teaching a SOLIDWORKS Schematic class back in 2013, way back in the day right? At one point during the class, I was asked, “how do you create your own classifications?” and until now there was good no answer for that question.  With the upcoming 2018 release of Schematic, we now have the ability to create custom classifications and sub-classes! SOLIDWORKS Schematic can use classification in creating component marks and typically that is the […]

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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: How to Manage Circuits in Part Definition with SOLIDWORKS Schematic

How to Manage Circuits in Part Definition with SOLIDWORKS Schematic   Having the right part definition is extremely important to round out components and complete a project.  In a past blog, I took a look at the way content (Content is King) can be added or created within the SOLIDWORKS Schematic tool.  More specifically, I want to take a look at how importing a list of part references and new functionality can help you round out your parts list.   Import from the Manufacturer […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Macros Redux For the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Project

Macros Redux For the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Project   Several years past, I took a look at macro functions within the SOLIDWORKS Schematic tool.  Macros are a predefined section of symbols and circuits that speed up our design with reuse of existing work. The advantage being that instead of having to open an existing project and copy – paste, users can simply place a macro on any project from the library panel and place on a page.   A new […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Electrical Schematic Testing & Connectivity to Servers

Electrical Schematic Testing & Connectivity to Servers Have you been trying to get that one client upgrade to a Service Pack, or maybe it has upgraded and will not seem to connect? I dug into my old bag of tools and found this one that seems to point in the direction of the problem. PDM Connectivity Test Tool   Using the tool is a few simple clicks and the log file it generates will usually point to the problem area […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS Electrical I/O Wire Numbering – #SW2017

Mark Wires with the Same Value as I/O Address Connected   Rollout the red carpet for this highly requested enhancement.   Many users had the need to name their wires based off of the PLC channel or terminal they are connected to.  Rather than the manual method by editing each wire name individually, with SOLIDWORKS 2017, you can now run the necessary rule to get the desired result.   In a previous blog, Device Wiring , I showed you how to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D Assemblies – #SW2017

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D Assemblies   New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 Schematic is the ability for users to associate existing (external) SOLIDWORKS assembly files to the project or locations needed.  We no longer have to create a brand new assembly file with some random number just to work with SW Electrical (Read my previous blog here). We can simply point to an existing assembly.   The SOLIDWORKS cabinet layout tool in the Process tab is renamed to SOLIDWORKS assembly.   This is […]

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3D Assemblies for SOLIDWORKS Schematic – Rename

When you are at the point in your process and you are creating 3D content, you are adding SOLIDWORKS assembly files to the project.   You are able to create an assembly for each location and the top level project assembly (Read my previous blog here).  While the descriptions of the assembly will appear in the document browser, they will be named an arbitrary numbered name in the SOLIDWORKS Schematic. That assembly name might not work well with your process or […]

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