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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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Import a BOM to start a project

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Sometimes your project workflow may be such that it starts with a Bill of Material. For that, SOLIDWORKS Electrical has the “Import Data” feature. This populates the component tree of your project in an easy, quick and simple way. Start with creating your BOM in Excel. It can be saved in xls or xlsx format. Then run the “Import Data” command found on the Import/Export tab in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. By selecting this option, you go through the following steps. Start […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Electrical Leader Lines

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Text and balloons with leader lines are a common method to convey design notes. SOLIDWORKS Schematic 2020 introduces leader lines for text and balloons. Creating a balloon layout or annotating a layout to better call out information has been something users have been looking for quite some time! Now you can create leader lines with blocks and notes in 2D panel layouts and harness drawings.  Users can add in these annotations with dedicated commands and a leader style manager. You […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Reimport Electrical Data for Wires, Cables, and Harnesses

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Previously, in SOLIDWORKS Electrical / SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, if you wanted to remove a wire from a route you would need to clear the unwanted wire, cable, or harness from your Schematic and delete the route to be able to successfully remove the wire from the 3D model. Now in 2020 we have the capability to remove a wire or core from electrical routes, cables or harnesses in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, then re-import that model, and the software removes the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – PCB Enhancements

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Duplicate Pad Designators Traditionally, PCB designers would make their PCB footprints with mounting holes and label those holes as pad 0. Multiple mounting holes would all be labeled pad 0. And pretty much every PCB design software doesn’t have an issue with that. SOLIDWORKS PCB hasn’t had an issue with that either, except for when it comes to the collaboration with SOLIDWORKS CAD. We couldn’t handle it on the mechanical end and required people to label every pad with a […]

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