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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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Install Guide – Part 3 SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be broken down into two parts: SQL Metadata and Electronic Program Data. SQL Metadata 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) Use the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Excluding parts from bill of materials in Electrical Schematic 2D

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Within the properties of a manufacture part, there is a new option to Exclude from bill of materials. You can also access Exclude from bill of materials within the <Symbols properties> < Manufacture part and circuits > or <Components properties > <Manufacture part and circuits > To exclude these parts from a BOM report, you will notice built in filters within the reports I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SCHEMATIC ELECTRICAL VIEWER

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For quite some time users have been hoping for a viewer that can look at the projects created in SOLIDWORKS Schematic.  The wait is finally over with version 2021 and the Electrical Viewer is now available. This is a tool to view the project documents, but they are not able to be modified. The viewer is packed with some decent functionality that you would expect from a viewer.  Printing pages, creating a PDF, or exports of certain pages to name […]

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Demystifying the SOLIDWORKS PCB Repository

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Repositories are a background area where all of SOLIDWORKS PCB project files are backed up for version control purposes, as well as facilitating the collaboration between ECAD and MCAD. This article will attempt to clear up any confusion on how they are used, and whether they are necessary. Do I need repositories? Yes! When you install SOLIDWORKS PCB Services, there will automatically be one “Default Repository” created. You need to have at least one repository, but you can have more […]

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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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Populating SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2D Schematic Libraries

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You have SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2D Schematic installed and you are browsing the content in the default libraries. You find you need to add to the libraries required for your project. Where do you start? The first place to look is in the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Portal. The portal allows you to search for manufacturers, manufacturer part numbers, and manufacturer part descriptions. When you are searching within a specific manufacturer, the portal will display what the manufacturer is sharing with the SOLIDWORKS […]

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Using Alternate Symbols in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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Laying out symbols and wire connections is a snap with SOLIDWORKS Schematic.  There are several ways you can get repeating steps set up for speed in your drawing. One of my tricks is to go to the old standby being “Execute last command”. I have set up 2 keystroke combinations that allow me to quickly redo the last function I had selected. When laying out my wire styles, it is a snap to lay out several paths. Adding symbols can […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical:Drawing Styles

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When creating a project template within SOLIDWORKS Electrical, one area that is commonly overlooked is the configuration. This is a tool where you can save your company’s standard Layers, Linetypes, Text styles, and Leader styles in one location. To access the Drawing style manager, select located in the list of project configurations. From within the Drawing styles manager, you have the option to modify the properties of either of the 2 default Drawing styles or create a new one. If […]

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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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