SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Insert Any Image Type Into SOLIDWORKS Electrical – With Video Instructions

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In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, inserting a picture (rather than attaching one) requires the photo to be of type BMP or DIB. Inserting is a better method than attaching because if the original image gets moved to a different location on your hard drive or network, and you’ve merely attached the image, your document will no longer show the picture. Traditionally, we have always thought that the only way to insert non-supported pictures was to convert the image types by opening the […]

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Documenting Twisted Pairs Within a Cable on SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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Continuing with my twisted pair theme from my last blog, Twisted Pair in Electrical 3D, let’s talk about how to document twisted pairs within a cable. When you add a cable to your cable library within SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, that has twisted pairs, under the Cable cores section of the Cable reference properties, you will notice a Group icon. This icon is greyed out until you “Ctrl” select a pair of wires to group. So, you simple select all the […]

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Backing up SOLIDWORKS Electrical Automatically with Windows Task Scheduler

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical is a great tool for collaboration, standardizing schematic documentation, and saving time in project creation, but all these benefits rely on a developed environment and library.  This puts increased value on ensuring our environment is secure and backed up should the worst happen.  Not a problem. We can just back up the server applications folder and SQL database, right?  Not quite.  If a server were to go down, a simple restore of that server would not be sufficient […]

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Magical Schematic Pages in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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Generating reports and the automatic generation of tables is one of the more widely known uses of the information in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic.  I feel one of the most underused and most useful applications of the same schematic information is in a connection label.  The ability to display information in any form desired is a powerful tool. A connection label is a representation of a device in terms of connections and various other pieces of information desired to be shown.  […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Server Migration: How To

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Sometimes the need arises that your SOLIDWORKS Electrical Server needs to be moved to a new machine. We get questions about how to migrate the electrical database. SOLIDWORKS Electrical makes it pretty straightforward to backup/restore the database environment, so we will use that to make the server move as painless as possible. Open SOLIDWORKS Electrical on any client machine that is connecting to the existing server and run the environment archive command, selecting to archive all objects. The time it […]

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Ever want to show wires as a twisted pair in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D?

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Within SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic 2D you can specify wires are a twisted pair with a symbol. But how do you show a twisted pair within SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D if you need to take it to that level? I came up with a couple methods that may work for you. When you route wires, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D creates a routing subassembly for each wire style. The above methods will work for showing a twisted pair of same wire style or wires within […]

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Reporting on the path of your wires with SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D

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With SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic and SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, we can autoroute the wires in our panel.  This allows us to report on all the lengths of our wires, confirm inventory, and even balance out duct ratio fill as needed.  The question becomes how we use this functionality to standardize and communicate how a panel is routed.  We could certainly suppress wire styles and show color coded snapshots for every wire style, but this is not enough information to communicate each […]

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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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