Adding 3D Component Information

Adding 3D Component Information in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Wondering what your panel layout looks like or deciding how to lay out components before ever turning a screw can quite the imagination exercise.  Fortunately for some of us, we have the SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D add-in for our SOLIDWORKS software.  Components in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic are represented by many different symbols as well as SOLIDWORKS parts or assemblies.  Components that have manufacturers part definition assigned to them also have a corresponding 3D part […]

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Import DWG files into SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

Import DWG files into SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Many times during a project design phase you have reference drawings or past projects that are in another file format that are needed in the current design.  With SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, you can import any file type into the project as a data file, but DWG files offer up a few more options in the Schematic tool.  These DWG files can now be supporting documents or scheme drawings using the import DWG tool.  […]

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Using the CircuitWorks Add-in

Using the CircuitWorks Add-in Earlier this year Dennis blogged about the CircuitWorks Add-in and get started with the add-in.  I would like to add on to his blog and show you some features for working within the tool by opening a design file and then exporting the file with some changes made.  For our example, we are going to be looking at the same design, specifically the mounting holes and then make a change to them so that we can […]

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Starting Projects with SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

Starting Projects with SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Starting up a project is not a difficult process in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic.  Adding sheet templates or title blocks is usually a first step in getting your drawings down the road to completion.  When adding sheets or drawings pages to your project, there are parameters that are being filled in or used from many different sources.  The Project configuration parameters let you personalize the drawing and make the results and processes work for you. […]

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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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