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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SOLIDWORKS: Electrical – Considering Different Workflows

SOLIDWORKS Electrical – Considering Different Workflows   The development of SOLIDWORKS Electrical was ground with the idea of being a collaborative software. Built from the ground up, initially as an electrical schematic tool, it developed into SOLIDWORKS Electrical: 3D has opened the doors to many new workflows that can be implemented into teams that consist of both electrical and mechanical designers.   Within the SOLIDWORKS software, the basic design workflow begins with an electrical design, helps develop the mechanical aspects, integration […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Report Short Cuts, I Mean Links

Report Short Cuts, I Mean Links   Work faster with keyboard shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS Electrical; one benefit of using them is time.   There have been studies that show that using keyboard shortcuts allows computer users to work 10 times faster than working with the mouse. The time you spend looking for the mouse and then getting the cursor to the position you need is lost time! Reducing the working time by 10 brings you greater efficiency.   I seem to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Keyboard Shortcuts

One of the hurdles of learning new software is figuring out (and remembering) which menus all the commands are in. Keyboard shortcuts that you define can definitely help save some time hunting around the ribbon. Even if you are familiar with where to find all of the commands in SOLIDWORKS Electrical you would probably benefit from shortcuts just for convenience sake. Here’s how you can set them up. At the top of the window is the quick access toolbar. Choose […]

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Down to the Wire in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Have you ever had to troubleshoot an electrical system and tried to track the myriad of wires going everywhere so you can pull the right one? Labels certainly would be nice. Labeling wires is no fun though. Especially when you have a lot of wires in your project. Or rather, I should say is is traditionally no fun. With SOLIDWORKS Electrical it is something we barely have to think about. How many wires do you typically have in your electrical […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Electrical – Organizing Your Parts with Locations

Organizing Your Parts with Locations   Locations – Why do we use them?   In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, there’s an organization tool called locations. What are locations used for? Well, its primary function is to help you shuffle components in your project into manageable areas. When you have a project that being collaborated with a mechanical team, there are a few best practices that you can use to make sure that your organization is optimized.   Locations can first be developed […]

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Design Reuse in SOLIDWORKS Electrical (Part 3)

Previously I went over the ways that we have used macros for the last couple years, creating a user library of circuits that allow you to quickly finish your system designs by utilizing the work you put in on previous projects. Macros are a very powerful tool, especially when combined with the intelligence that SOLIDWORKS Electrical brings, renumbering components and wires, in a way that can’t be accomplished with simple drawing blocks that engineers have traditionally used to try to […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Manage Circuits in Part Definition with SOLIDWORKS Schematic

How to Manage Circuits in Part Definition with SOLIDWORKS Schematic   Having the right part definition is extremely important to round out components and complete a project.  In a past blog, I took a look at the way content (Content is King) can be added or created within the SOLIDWORKS Schematic tool.  More specifically, I want to take a look at how importing a list of part references and new functionality can help you round out your parts list.   Import from the Manufacturer […]

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