SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – PCB Enhancements – #SW2019

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There are some exciting new features in SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019. The mechanical oriented workflow has several enhancements, including the ability to define placement and component size constraints. The Collaboration now features copper and silkscreen representation, along with some other enhancements such as supporting multi-contour holes and patterning. Mechanical Workflow Inside of SOLIDWORKS, you can define any required PCB constraints such as placement and height restrictions. Also, the collaboration will communicate whether components can be moved. ‘Fixed’ components in SOLIDWORKS will […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – The Schematic Magnificent Seven – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS Schematic 2019 is looking to bring several User Interface enhancements to the table that will increase ease of use and productivity with the software. I will briefly list out a few of the more notable ones of from the list and you will see this is just a few of the many. The rest you will have to ride into a DI event or catch one of the DI Online events. There is also a livestream event in case you aren’t able to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – CircuitWorks – #SW2019

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CircuitWorks has been around for a number of years, and is a great tool for generating board assemblies based on ECAD data exported from other board layout software. It also has the ability of generating CircuitWorks data from a SOLIDWORKS assembly so you can import that data into your layout software. There are a few improvements this year on the latter form of communication. When you export SOLIDWORKS board files to CircuitWorks using the CircuitWorks Export Wizard, the wizard will […]

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SOLIDWORKS Schematic: Future Upgrades and Disaster Recovery

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Data is the most important aspect of your SOLIDWORKS Schematic setup. Server or Computer hardware can fail. Data can become corrupted. Downtime during a critical project or worse, suffer a data loss and you could feasibly end up re-doing everything you’ve ever done. If you can remember all the things you have changed, setup, or added to the system! With a new release of software coming around the bend as well as service packs that might be the next upgrade, […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Adding Rows and Columns to Title Blocks

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When setting up a title-block in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, you can import an existing dwg to reduce the amount of work needed to create it. The drawing portion will be done. Navigate to Library→Titleblock Manager→Import DWG. After importing you’ll need to delete any text that will change from one project to the next (or even one page to the next), replacing it with attributes instead. Where some people find difficulty is setting up the rows and columns. There is a #ROW […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Adding Item Numbers to your Bill of Material

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I’ve had many questions from many SOLIDWORKS Electrical users on if they could have item numbers in the Bill of Materials (BOM). This is something that is traditionally only needed in mechanical BOMs, since the electrical counterparts have the component marks to differentiate parts. However, some people still like item numbers, and I’ve always said, “sorry, but we don’t have that capability yet”. That was apparently not true! A user on the electrical forum figured out some SQL magic that […]

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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: Update & Replace Data makes Schematic Updates Quick and Easy

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Not everyone can make complete, 100% correct schematics on the first go. Changes and modifications happen often during life of a project. Thankfully, SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a strong tool to make some of those changes seamless and easy. The Replace Data command is a tool that will quickly replace manufacturer parts. For example, if you decided later that, what was initially chosen, isn’t really going to work, then Replace Data is the tool for you. Another use is that it can replace all of […]

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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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