SOLIDWORKS Electrical Custom Library Design Rule Check

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical is a powerful schematic package that is built on a SQL database.  This comes with lots of benefits including real time project collaboration and part organization.  As a result of this architecture, we can even create virtually any report and design rule check that we may need for our projects. Although we can create any design rule check to verify the consistency and accuracy of our projects, one specific check of note is verifying that we are using […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Taking the Guesswork Out of Terminals

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a robust terminal strip manager and terminal strip drawing generator; however, there is not a lot of training or reference content on the many functions and features available within the tool.  In this blog, we will dive into some common features of terminals in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. Above you can see several terminals in a terminal strip.  These are grouped by different use cases that we will work through. In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, we have a terminal strip manager […]

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Backing up SOLIDWORKS Electrical Automatically with Windows Task Scheduler

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical is a great tool for collaboration, standardizing schematic documentation, and saving time in project creation, but all these benefits rely on a developed environment and library.  This puts increased value on ensuring our environment is secure and backed up should the worst happen.  Not a problem. We can just back up the server applications folder and SQL database, right?  Not quite.  If a server were to go down, a simple restore of that server would not be sufficient […]

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Reporting on the path of your wires with SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D

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With SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic and SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, we can autoroute the wires in our panel.  This allows us to report on all the lengths of our wires, confirm inventory, and even balance out duct ratio fill as needed.  The question becomes how we use this functionality to standardize and communicate how a panel is routed.  We could certainly suppress wire styles and show color coded snapshots for every wire style, but this is not enough information to communicate each […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Adopting a Library System

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Did SOLIDWORKS Electrical come with library content that you may never use?  Are you having trouble distinguishing between company parts and other non-company parts?  Are some of your used parts not quite completed in SOLIDWORKS Electrical while others are?  Are you tired of having to always filter for your company created content?  If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, then this blog is for you. SOLIDWORKS Electrical allows you to create your own libraries for organizational […]

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Configure Your Assembly with SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Excel Automation

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Yes, you read that correctly. We are going to use SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic to configure our mechanical assembly. SOLIDWORKS Electrical is a collaborative design tool that allows you to build a project across both the mechanical and electrical design environments. This collaboration allows you to parametrically build and edit a project from either discipline instead of creating independent documents that go toward a finished project. This level of collaboration requires SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Professional, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, and any seat of SOLIDWORKS mechanical. […]

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Excel Automation: Configuring Selectable Wire Styles in a SOLIDWORKS Electrical Project

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Does your company have a lot of wire styles in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic? Is selecting which wire style you need cumbersome?  Does your project template have more wire groupings than you need in any given project? Do you find yourself constantly adding missing wire styles or groupings to projects? If you have answered yes to any one of these questions, then excel automation might be the answer to your frustration.  Excel automation is a built-in tool within SOLIDWORKS Electrical that […]

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