SOLIDWORKS Schematic: Connectors and Components

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When designing our systems in SOLIDWORKS Schematic we are sometimes faced with a component that has a connector associated with it. Another design situation is that we have components that we are designing the harness to connect them all together with. One solution would be to graphically document each portion with a symbol. That may work for some, but prove cluttered or busy to others. It also has the unwanted distinction that they have not connected the symbol to symbol. A […]

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Schematic Drawing & Viewing: Two Tricks to Improving Readability

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For a while now, Nodal Indicators have been an option to use in SOLIDWORKS Schematic.  I initially thought they were a nice feature, but never really used them at all.  In fact, most of the time in my classes that I taught or in consulting engagements I overlooked using or completely dismissed it.  That all changed when I start working on a project that really had me working with my routing and connections from the schematic.  I found myself flipping […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Two Easy Organizing Tips

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Working with different customer requirements, users could face some clutter or search issues when creating repeatable content.  Also, creating that content on drawings might take a bit of time to sort through.  Here are two tricks to hopefully help you work with your libraries and macros.  In the SOLIDWORKS Schematic application, there is a project configuration tab for Libraries and Palettes. Our first tip would be that when you have a project that is using the IEC standard and you only want to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic: Classifications, Don’t skip this setup!

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New with the 2018 release of SOLIDWORKS Schematic, users are now able to create custom classifications and sub-classes in the environment. This was such a huge improvement to the setup of the company’s environment, yet it is one area so often overlooked. There are several ways that SOLIDWORKS Schematic can use classification to speed or create consistency in design. One way is in the creation of component marks. Organizing the Library of Manufacturers parts, symbol organization and use as a filter […]

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Connection Labels: Extra Info in Your Schematics

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a nice tool for displaying the connections to a component, through the use of the Connection Labels command. A connection label is simply a symbol that looks like a table and contains a multitude of attributes. It is frequently used similarly to what is shown below, as a means of displaying the destination for each wire on a connector. Something that I’ve seen that is a pretty neat idea, is to take those symbols a step further […]

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Importing Manufacturer Part Data

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Adding your own list of content definitions to the Library of parts data is not a difficult process. SOLIDWORKS Schematic has a feature allowing data to be imported in the form of Excel files or text files for part and attribute creation. Step 1: Importing the Data You are able to select the type of files (text or Excel file) as the data source and to be imported. Step 2: Definition of a Data Range Pick the Data range for data to […]

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Hot Tip: Import SOLIDWORKS PCB Library from Ultra Librarian

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I’ve gotten some questions about whether SOLIDWORKS PCB can import the files generated by Digikey’s Ultra Librarian tool. Just recently I learned how to do it, so here is the official answer: you can download any component from Ultra librarian into SW PCB 2017 and newer without the use of any script. Navigate to the part you need to download in Ultra Librarian, and select to download the PCADV15 file under the Altium grouping. Might as well check to download […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 3 – Electrical Installations

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be broken down into two parts SQL Meta Data and Electronic Program Data. SQL Meta Data 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) […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – PCB Enhancements – #SW2019

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There are some exciting new features in SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019. The mechanical oriented workflow has several enhancements, including the ability to define placement and component size constraints. The Collaboration now features copper and silkscreen representation, along with some other enhancements such as supporting multi-contour holes and patterning. Mechanical Workflow Inside of SOLIDWORKS, you can define any required PCB constraints such as placement and height restrictions. Also, the collaboration will communicate whether components can be moved. ‘Fixed’ components in SOLIDWORKS will […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – The Schematic Magnificent Seven – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS Schematic 2019 is looking to bring several User Interface enhancements to the table that will increase ease of use and productivity with the software. I will briefly list out a few of the more notable ones of from the list and you will see this is just a few of the many. The rest you will have to ride into a DI event or catch one of the DI Online events. There is also a livestream event in case you aren’t able to […]

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