Magical Schematic Pages in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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Generating reports and the automatic generation of tables is one of the more widely known uses of the information in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic.  I feel one of the most underused and most useful applications of the same schematic information is in a connection label.  The ability to display information in any form desired is a powerful tool. A connection label is a representation of a device in terms of connections and various other pieces of information desired to be shown.  […]

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Creating Multiple Drawings with Ease in SOLIDWORKS 2021 Release

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There may be projects that are small and start with just a couple of pages.  Then later on in the process, the project grows in scope and additional pages need to be added.  If that number of pages is large, those steps can be a bit boringly repetitive. With the 2021 release of SOLIDWORKS Schematic, you can now add multiple folders and all the styles of pages at once.  Now you can also get this functionality with a project macro.  […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SCHEMATIC ELECTRICAL VIEWER

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For quite some time users have been hoping for a viewer that can look at the projects created in SOLIDWORKS Schematic.  The wait is finally over with version 2021 and the Electrical Viewer is now available. This is a tool to view the project documents, but they are not able to be modified. The viewer is packed with some decent functionality that you would expect from a viewer.  Printing pages, creating a PDF, or exports of certain pages to name […]

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Using Alternate Symbols in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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Laying out symbols and wire connections is a snap with SOLIDWORKS Schematic.  There are several ways you can get repeating steps set up for speed in your drawing. One of my tricks is to go to the old standby being “Execute last command”. I have set up 2 keystroke combinations that allow me to quickly redo the last function I had selected. When laying out my wire styles, it is a snap to lay out several paths. Adding symbols can […]

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Upgrading your Schematic software

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Planning an upgrade to the SOLIDWORKS Schematic software in the near future? Here is a checklist of items and the general steps to review before upgrading: Environmental Archive (less projects) Environmental Archive (only projects) Review client counts for any changes to server setup Download appropriate service pack software Upgrade license server software Upgrade server software Upgrade client software Steps 1 & 2: What is the Archive Environment function? Review this previous blog regarding archives. Within SOLIDWORKS Electrical, an Environmental Archive […]

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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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