Project Macro: Add Wire Styles

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“Do you remember that project you did last year? Well, we have a similar project, but only all the wire styles need to change as it is a new customer.”  You, the designer, were just told that in a meeting and you’re having visions of needing to re-create that whole project.  The one you spent 3 weeks on.  But what if there was a way to carry over the wire styles from an existing project that has all the new […]

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Gaining Insight to the little “tells” of SOLIDWORKS Schematic

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A tell is any body language, facial tic or another physical signal that betrays what a person is thinking. Poker players use tells to determine an opponent’s hand strength.  Performers use tells to “read” people’s minds.  In other words, a person unconsciously or consciously reveals as to what they are thinking through the various body or facial signals and these are called “tells”.  SOLIDWORKS Schematic has several tells throughout the User Interface that will give the user some insight as […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Electrical Leader Lines

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Text and balloons with leader lines are a common method to convey design notes. SOLIDWORKS Schematic 2020 introduces leader lines for text and balloons. Creating a balloon layout or annotating a layout to better call out information has been something users have been looking for quite some time! Now you can create leader lines with blocks and notes in 2D panel layouts and harness drawings.  Users can add in these annotations with dedicated commands and a leader style manager. You […]

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SOLIDWORKS Schematic: Configuring Language Options

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Have you ever found that you needed to translate your SOLIDWORKS Schematic project work to another language? Would you like to print out a translated copy of the project but keep the original in your preferred language? What if I said that is all possible with a few simple menu picks? I sure grabbed your attention on that one, didn’t I. Si! Ja! SOLIDWORKS Schematic has the ability to specify up to 3 different languages that can be displayed, using attributes, […]

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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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