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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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Defining PLCs with Racks and Modules

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The PLC manager is accessed through Project > PLCs. It allows you to add and modify PLCs in the project. You can add PLCs individually, or you can set them up as Racks with Cards (modules). In this article, I’ll walk through setting up a PLC with a rack and modules. We’ll focus on how to set up the slots of the rack and specify in which slots the cards are installed. Setting up the PLC First, click on Add […]

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43 Reasons to Attend 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020

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3DEXPERIENCE World is just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend 3DEXPERIENCE World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology and InFlow are giving you 43 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI and InFlow have 43 different presentations this year. If you are not familiar with 3DEXPERIENCE World, formerly SOLIDWORKS World it is SOLIDWORKS’ annual 3 day conference that you can join […]

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Setting Default Root Marks in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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Whenever you place a symbol in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, it will automatically assign it a component designator. The designator by default is made up of a root mark, followed by an order number. The default root marks are determined by the class of the symbol. For example: motor symbols are in the motors class, which has a property that says all symbols should be labeled with “M,” so the third motor would become M3. Maybe at some point, you have had […]

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Gaining Insight to the little “tells” of SOLIDWORKS Schematic

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A tell is any body language, facial tic or another physical signal that betrays what a person is thinking. Poker players use tells to determine an opponent’s hand strength.  Performers use tells to “read” people’s minds.  In other words, a person unconsciously or consciously reveals as to what they are thinking through the various body or facial signals and these are called “tells”.  SOLIDWORKS Schematic has several tells throughout the User Interface that will give the user some insight as […]

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