Connection Labels: Extra Info in Your Schematics

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a nice tool for displaying the connections to a component, through the use of the Connection Labels command. A connection label is simply a symbol that looks like a table and contains a multitude of attributes. It is frequently used similarly to what is shown below, as a means of displaying the destination for each wire on a connector. Something that I’ve seen that is a pretty neat idea, is to take those symbols a step further […]

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Importing Manufacturer Part Data

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Adding your own list of content definitions to the Library of parts data is not a difficult process. SOLIDWORKS Schematic has a feature allowing data to be imported in the form of Excel files or text files for part and attribute creation. Step 1: Importing the Data You are able to select the type of files (text or Excel file) as the data source and to be imported. Step 2: Definition of a Data Range Pick the Data range for data to […]

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Hot Tip: Import SOLIDWORKS PCB Library from Ultra Librarian

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I’ve gotten some questions about whether SOLIDWORKS PCB can import the files generated by Digikey’s Ultra Librarian tool. Just recently I learned how to do it, so here is the official answer: you can download any component from Ultra librarian into SW PCB 2017 and newer without the use of any script. Navigate to the part you need to download in Ultra Librarian, and select to download the PCADV15 file under the Altium grouping. Might as well check to download […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 3 – Electrical Installations

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be broken down into two parts SQL Meta Data and Electronic Program Data. SQL Meta Data has All data about everything… (All the CAD document data is contained here.) Electronic Program Data Program Files – The application, (without this the program will not run). Program Data – The data, (without it the program will run…but will have no content) Licensing scheme for SOLIDWORKS Electrical: SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional (limited to 1 PC) […]

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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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