SOLIDWORKS Schematic Speed Boost: Adding Content Shortcuts

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Fairly often, I see users struggle with laying down schematic lines and symbols. They are usually having to bounce back and forth between line styles to get what they want “just right”. They then spend more time trying to get the look of their content cosmetically right while missing out on a couple of easy steps that would speed them up. SOLIDWORKS Schematic has a couple of tricks to speed that up! Laying down multiple wire styles on a drawing can […]

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Setting up a Library to Group Objects in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

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Often times in training or consulting I get asked how to group manufacturer’s part data objects together to make searching for them easier. For instance, if a designer wants to search for items in an approved supplier list or from specific distributors. In the search filter, you can set several filters, but one of the most overlooked filters is the library filter. Creating a library is one of the more easier functions in SOLIDWORKS Schematic. The library feature is not […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic: Exporting to PDF

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Several times over the past couple of years I have run across more and more cases where users have tried to export drawings from their project to a PDF file only to have it fail. Often times there may be several reasons for it, but ultimately the printer service is not installed. SOLIDWORKS Schematic uses PDFCreator to print or export to PDF files. At the time of this blog, the application still requires PDFCreator to create PDF files.   Getting […]

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Navigating Content with Links in SOLIDWORKS Schematic

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In an earlier post, I introduced links in reports. Navigating and finding that “one” component or reference can seem like a big task. SOLIDWORKS Schematic has several easy ways to find them, and one simple trick is to add links to content in reports you have added to your project. We will need to be in the report manager to view the content of our project. The Reports manager allows you to manage the reports you wish to use in the […]

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Adding SOLIDWORKS Schematic Content – Electronic Content Portal

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Beginning with the SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016 software, the ‘Local content’ folder for manufacturing parts is no longer available. To help ensure that customers use the most up-to-date manufacturer parts information, you must now log in to the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Content Portal (ECP) and download the latest content from there.   Default access to content will be to silver libraries.  Schematic users will be able to gain access to the ECP gold libraries through the “Update Subscription” feature. There is a general […]

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Adding 3D Component Information

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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