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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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: 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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Battle of the Boards: CircuitWorks vs SOLIDWORKS PCB

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You need to get SOLIDWORKS assemblies made of your PCBs. What is the best method to do that? There are two options: CircuitWorks and SOLIDWORKS PCB. Which is best for you? What’s the difference? CircuitWorks CircuitWorks is just a bridge to allow SOLIDWORKS to open files produced by other ECAD PCB design software. It requires an intermediary file format be used, referred to as IDF files. IDF (Intermediate Data Format) is an open file format that has gone through a […]

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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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