Introducing the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer

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If you have a seat of SOLIDWORKS PCB, but would like managers, design reviewers, or other designers to be able to view the schematics or layouts of boards without using that seat, then you’ll be happy to know that there is now a free SOLIDWORKS PCB viewer. You will no longer have to produce PDF documentation for a review. They can view all of the PCB files in their native format, and just produce the PDFs for release documentation. The […]

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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 2020 What’s New – Reimport Electrical Data for Wires, Cables, and Harnesses

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Previously, in SOLIDWORKS Electrical / SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, if you wanted to remove a wire from a route you would need to clear the unwanted wire, cable, or harness from your Schematic and delete the route to be able to successfully remove the wire from the 3D model. Now in 2020 we have the capability to remove a wire or core from electrical routes, cables or harnesses in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, then re-import that model, and the software removes the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – PCB Enhancements

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Duplicate Pad Designators Traditionally, PCB designers would make their PCB footprints with mounting holes and label those holes as pad 0. Multiple mounting holes would all be labeled pad 0. And pretty much every PCB design software doesn’t have an issue with that. SOLIDWORKS PCB hasn’t had an issue with that either, except for when it comes to the collaboration with SOLIDWORKS CAD. We couldn’t handle it on the mechanical end and required people to label every pad with a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Electrical: Report Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 has some great improvements to the report outputs that we can generate. Report Enhancements for Fields and Templates 2019 saw the addition of table views to the SQL Query tab in the report properties. That makes it a lot easier to make custom reports or modifications, not having to worry as much about the FROM statement in the query. In 2020 we have some further enhancements. Out of the box we have reports that allow you to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Rx

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Administration enhancement of SOLIDWORKS has improved the process of gathering files using the RX Tab. It has been expanded to support gathering files from Composer and Electrical to help trouble-shoot hardware and or software issues. The Problem Capture tab in SOLIDWORKS Rx now collects files adding videos and settings for SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Composer and SOLIDWORKS Electrical from the source pull down if they are running the 2020 version. 1. In the Capture section, choose the SOLIDWORKS Composer source selection: 2. Records the […]

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SOLIDWORKS PCB: Workflows and Conflicts Using Subversion

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When using SOLIDWORKS PCB there is built-in Subversion to mediate the ECAD collaboration. SOLIDWORKS has come a long way since I wrote the last blog about this in March. There is now a PDM connector that will let you check your projects into PDM. However, you may still want to utilize SVN, and I felt that I needed to go into more detail on how that can look. Here are a couple of different workflow scenarios where there are two […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS Schematic: Connectors and Components

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When designing our systems in SOLIDWORKS Schematic we are sometimes faced with a component that has a connector associated with it. Another design situation is that we have components that we are designing the harness to connect them all together with. One solution would be to graphically document each portion with a symbol. That may work for some, but prove cluttered or busy to others. It also has the unwanted distinction that they have not connected the symbol to symbol. A […]

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Schematic Drawing & Viewing: Two Tricks to Improving Readability

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For a while now, Nodal Indicators have been an option to use in SOLIDWORKS Schematic.  I initially thought they were a nice feature, but never really used them at all.  In fact, most of the time in my classes that I taught or in consulting engagements I overlooked using or completely dismissed it.  That all changed when I start working on a project that really had me working with my routing and connections from the schematic.  I found myself flipping […]

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