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SOLIDWORKS: Utilizing the Power of Macros in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Utilizing the Power of Macros in SOLIDWORKS Electrical   Macros in SOLIDWORKS Electrical are a way to utilize objects several times. In a way, it’s a fancy way of doing a copy and paste. A macro can contain everything from circuits to block. Within the software there are several areas where macros are utilized but the most common one is located in the macros window:     To create a macro, we want to first create a group for us to house the macro in an easily accessible area. Simply right-click the empty space in the macros window and select “New Group”:     From here you can create a

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SOLIDWORKS: Macros Redux For the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Project

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Macros Redux For the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Project   Several years past, I took a look at macro functions within the SOLIDWORKS Schematic tool.  Macros are a predefined section of symbols and circuits that speed up our design with reuse of existing work. The advantage being that instead of having to open an existing project and copy – paste, users can simply place a macro on any project from the library panel and place on a page.   A new addition to the software in recent years is the Project Macro. Project macros fill in the gap where regular scheme macros fall short. A project macro can be made up

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15 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2017 #SWW17

15 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2017 #SWW17   With SOLIDWORKS World just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend SOLIDWORKS World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology, MCAD Technologies, InFlow and our customers are giving you 14 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI, MCAD and InFlow have 11 different presentations and we have 3 customers who are presenting their own material.   If you are not familiar with SOLIDWORKS World, it is SOLIDWORKS‘ annual 3 day conference that you can join more than 5,000 of your peers and select from

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Process and Instrumentation Diagrams, P&IDs

Process and Instrumentation Diagrams, P&IDs   One of the most unknown features in SOLIDWORKS Electrical is the ability to create P&ID schematic diagrams. Process and instrumentation diagrams consist of many different mechanical elements for process flow. A complete P&ID schematic will show the connection of the process equipment and all of the instrumentation used to control it. The data within these designs can vary from simple to complex but can contain elements such as names of the equipment, control inputs and outputs, process piping, control systems, and much more.   Simple P&ID example   SOLIDWORKS Electrical is designed to help organize this data in P&ID drawings and combine these drawings

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Cannot Connect to Database

Cannot Connect to Database   A common error that may arise when using SOLIDWORKS Electrical is that it cannot connect to database.     Before I get started, there could be many reasons why this error could occur. I am going to explain three common fixes that normally take care of the problem. Additionally, if you have any hesitation about digging into this error, I highly recommend contacting your VAR for assistance.   1. Check to see that the SQL server is running. You can do this by right clicking on the windows start menu –> computer management –> Services and Applications –> Services.     Navigate to the above

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SOLIDWORKS: Electrical Schematic Testing & Connectivity to Servers

Electrical Schematic Testing & Connectivity to Servers Have you been trying to get that one client upgrade to a Service Pack, or maybe it has upgraded and will not seem to connect? I dug into my old bag of tools and found this one that seems to point in the direction of the problem. PDM Connectivity Test Tool   Using the tool is a few simple clicks and the log file it generates will usually point to the problem area very quickly. Note: ensure .NET4 and Telnet client is installed on the system before running tests.   Specify tests to run: Check the areas you want to pinpoint.   Archive

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide Part 6 – PCB

Installation Guide Part 6 – PCB   SOLIDWORKS PCB has 3 parts.   SOLIDWORKS PCB is the Application used to design PCBs.   SOLIDWORKS PCB Services is the ‘bridge’ that connects PCB to SOLIDWORKS and allows users to be set up.   SOLIDWORKS PCB Add-in is the SOLIDWORKS Add-in that allows you to work with the data within SolidWorks. This is automatically installed in SolidWorks provided you’re running 2016 SP3 or newer.   If Installing a new instance, you can choose the Individual option:   If adding SOLIDWORKS PCB to an existing installation you will choose the ‘Modify the individual installation (on this computer):’ option:     After clicking ‘Next’

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide Part 3 – Electrical

Installation Guide Part 3 – Electrical   SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be broken down into two parts SQL Meta Data and Electronic Program Data   SQL Meta Data   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 SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. The installation manager is a simplified process that will help guide you

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Speed Up Your Symbols Search!

Speed Up Your Symbols Search!   Often times we overlook simple tools that can make a world of difference when put to use. In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, one of these simple tools that can help save us time is the symbols palette. This tool can be activated by opening a schematic sheet and then going to the view tab, dockable panels, and selecting the symbol palette icon:     This will open up the symbols palette with a few default tabs. The first tab “Find” is used to quickly locate symbols based on their description. This can be very helpful when you need to locate a symbol such as a three-phase

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What’s New 2017: SOLIDWORKS Electrical | Super Parts – #SW2017

SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Super Parts With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2017, several enhancements of the software have been created. This includes the development of new features in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017. Of the many new features, one of these enhancements is the introduction of super parts. Often times when developing in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, we come across manufactured parts that require several auxiliary parts. This means during our design, we need to add these extra parts to our components to ensure that they will exist on our automated bill of materials. Although there are methods to expedite this selection process, we found that this process felt too manual for our users. So, in

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