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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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Electronics Cooling Part 2: PCB & Two-resistor Components

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Welcome back to this discussion about the SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Electronics Cooling Module. Find a link to Part 1 Here. In part one we discussed Joule heating. Using my neat CATI Printed Circuit board model we were able to simulate the heat generated from electrical power flowing through PCB busses. In that study, we left the heat generated by the IC chip out of the analysis. The purpose of this blog is to take the analysis a bit further. We […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Two Easy Organizing Tips

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Working with different customer requirements, users could face some clutter or search issues when creating repeatable content.  Also, creating that content on drawings might take a bit of time to sort through.  Here are two tricks to hopefully help you work with your libraries and macros.  In the SOLIDWORKS Schematic application, there is a project configuration tab for Libraries and Palettes. Our first tip would be that when you have a project that is using the IEC standard and you only want to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic: Classifications, Don’t skip this setup!

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New with the 2018 release of SOLIDWORKS Schematic, users are now able to create custom classifications and sub-classes in the environment. This was such a huge improvement to the setup of the company’s environment, yet it is one area so often overlooked. There are several ways that SOLIDWORKS Schematic can use classification to speed or create consistency in design. One way is in the creation of component marks. Organizing the Library of Manufacturers parts, symbol organization and use as a filter […]

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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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