Navigating Content with Links in SOLIDWORKS Schematic

In an earlier post, I introduced links in reports. Navigating and finding that “one” component or reference can seem like a big task. SOLIDWORKS Schematic has several easy ways to find them, and one simple trick is to add links to content in reports you have added to your project. We will need to be in the report manager to view the content of our project. The Reports manager allows you to manage the reports you wish to use in the […]

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Adding SOLIDWORKS Schematic Content – Electronic Content Portal

Beginning with the SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016 software, the ‘Local content’ folder for manufacturing parts is no longer available. To help ensure that customers use the most up-to-date manufacturer parts information, you must now log in to the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Content Portal (ECP) and download the latest content from there.   Default access to content will be to silver libraries.  Schematic users will be able to gain access to the ECP gold libraries through the “Update Subscription” feature. There is a general […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical – Propagation Labeling

Many people like to label their wires with the PLC Channels they are attached to. Some like to label the terminals with the wire numbers that are attached to them. If you have special requirements such as this, then you’ll appreciate the new “Propagate Data to Connected Objects” command that was added in 2017 to SOLIDWORKS Electrical. The “Propagate Data to Connected Objects” function allows you to propagate component data onto the wiring or neighboring terminal. This saves a lot […]

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Adding 3D Component Information

Adding 3D Component Information in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Wondering what your panel layout looks like or deciding how to lay out components before ever turning a screw can quite the imagination exercise.  Fortunately for some of us, we have the SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D add-in for our SOLIDWORKS software.  Components in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic are represented by many different symbols as well as SOLIDWORKS parts or assemblies.  Components that have manufacturers part definition assigned to them also have a corresponding 3D part […]

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Import DWG files into SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

Import DWG files into SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Many times during a project design phase you have reference drawings or past projects that are in another file format that are needed in the current design.  With SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, you can import any file type into the project as a data file, but DWG files offer up a few more options in the Schematic tool.  These DWG files can now be supporting documents or scheme drawings using the import DWG tool.  […]

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Starting Projects with SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

Starting Projects with SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Starting up a project is not a difficult process in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic.  Adding sheet templates or title blocks is usually a first step in getting your drawings down the road to completion.  When adding sheets or drawings pages to your project, there are parameters that are being filled in or used from many different sources.  The Project configuration parameters let you personalize the drawing and make the results and processes work for you. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 3 – Electrical Installations

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 3 – Electrical Installations SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be broken down into two parts SQL Metadata 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 […]

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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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