SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Natural sort options for marks – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Natural sort options for marks – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018, we continued our development in controlling how we create marks for components. With the natural sort options for marks, our projects can view components and adhere our marks in an intelligent manner. We can access the options for the natural mark sorting by going to Configurations > Project > Mark: Sort by Mark mode provides control over all lists of marks in […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical – Global Project Drawing Styles, Multi-level terminals – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Global Project Drawing Styles, Multi-level terminals – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018, we introduce a new way to ensure consistency of drawing across all of your schematic output documentation. Global project drawing styles allow us control and customize our styles across our schematics without having to perform manual updates. To access these drawing styles we enter into the project configurations: This development area of SOLIDWORKS Electrical works with layers, linetypes, and text styles. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Distributed Mode – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Distributed Mode – #SW2018 If you have a server/client installation, you may have noticed that those large projects can start to lag. Distributed mode should take care of that issue. On the Process tab, there is a new group of commands called Deferred Update Mode. Select Activate, and then go about your business working on the project. When you are ready, select Update Connections to push all your changes to the server. This […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Project Level Attribute Styles, Symbol Editor – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Project Level Attribute Styles, Symbol Editor – #SW2018 Project Level Attribute Styles In SOLIDWORKS 2018, editing the way you want your attributes to appear on your schematic has never been easier. In the past if you wanted to change how all of your component marks were displayed – such as making them blue– you had to open up every single symbol in your schematic and edit the properties of the Mark attribute. Now […]

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SOLIDWORKS SCHEMATIC 2018 What’s New – Terminal Blocks – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS SCHEMATIC 2018 What’s New – Terminal Blocks – #SW2018 New in 2018 SOLIDWORKS Schematic is the ability for Manufacture parts can now be added directly to the top-level terminal strip.  Parts that need to be included in the BOM like accessories are now even easier to add.  Accessories that need to be added to BOM, terminal strip drawings or to the 2D Cabinet Layout drawing, like end stops and spacers, can be added directly to the strip editor.  Both of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Connection Point and Global Wire Mark Display – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Connection Point and Global Wire Mark Display – #SW2018 Connection Point Display Connection points on schematic symbols are a great help to know where wires need to get connected. It is fairly straightforward to see in this symbol where the wires should get connected because it was drawing with lines representing the pins. But what about this symbol? It can be difficult to know where exactly the wires need to be lined up. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Custom Classifications – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Custom Classifications – #SW2018 I was teaching a SOLIDWORKS Schematic class back in 2013, way back in the day right? At one point during the class, I was asked, “how do you create your own classifications?” and until now there was good no answer for that question.  With the upcoming 2018 release of Schematic, we now have the ability to create custom classifications and sub-classes! SOLIDWORKS Schematic can use classification in creating component marks and typically that is the […]

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Helping yourself….with SOLIDWORKS Electrical

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself” (Chinese proverb). I often get asked in training classes or presentations where there may be some extra help or if there are any tutorials available. The short answer is yes and the long answer is this blog! SOLIDWORKS Electrical has several tutorials, in fact, a whole panel of tutorials waiting for you to explore in the application itself. There are also other ways of getting additional help and insight into Electrical Schematic, ie, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Electrical – Shortcuts to Project Design, Data Reuse

Electrical – Shortcuts to Project Design, Data Reuse     How do we increase the speed that you are able to produce projects? In SOLIDWORKS Electrical there are many different methodologies that help us develop and design projects. As we build up projects, we inherently become faster and faster at design based on the tools we learned and the experience we gain from understanding where the tool are for design. The work you do in these projects, even if it’s […]

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The Makings of a Readable PCB Schematic

We draw a schematic to define the connections that are going to be made on the PCB layout, and so we sometimes get lost in that purpose, forgetting that when everything is done there are good odds that someone else is going to have to reference what we’ve drawn and decipher it. We understand it, and it works well enough to get the netlist created for the routing, but can someone else look at it to do troubleshooting or understand the […]

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