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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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Keyboard Shortcuts

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There are many SOLIDWORKS Electrical users who try to use the mouse as little as possible. While we can’t totally eliminate the need for a mouse in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, we can add a plethora of keyboard shortcuts, customized to your preference. In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, to add keyboard shortcuts, right click on the Quick Access Toolbar and select “Customize Quick Access Toolbar.” In the resulting window, select the “Keyboard” tab. The category dropdown corresponds to whatever tabs are available on the […]

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Upgrading your Schematic software

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Planning an upgrade to the SOLIDWORKS Schematic software in the near future? Here is a checklist of items and the general steps to review before upgrading: Environmental Archive (less projects) Environmental Archive (only projects) Review client counts for any changes to server setup Download appropriate service pack software Upgrade license server software Upgrade server software Upgrade client software Steps 1 & 2: What is the Archive Environment function? Review this previous blog regarding archives. Within SOLIDWORKS Electrical, an Environmental Archive […]

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Project Macro: Add Wire Styles

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“Do you remember that project you did last year? Well, we have a similar project, but only all the wire styles need to change as it is a new customer.”  You, the designer, were just told that in a meeting and you’re having visions of needing to re-create that whole project.  The one you spent 3 weeks on.  But what if there was a way to carry over the wire styles from an existing project that has all the new […]

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Removing Combs from PLCs

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In this blog we will discuss a common issue with combs and channel grouping we’ve seen while creating PLCs in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. We will not go over the basics of how to set up a PLC, for that information please view: https://www.cati.com/blog/2020/02/solidworks-electrical-defining-plcs-with-racks-and-modules/ When creating a project within SOLIDWORKS Electrical you will frequently use Programmable Logic Control for automation. You can easily insert a PLC into your SOLIDWORKS Electrical project utilizing the PLC manager. The PLC is located on the Project […]

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