SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Adding Item Numbers to your Bill of Material

I’ve had many questions from many SOLIDWORKS Electrical users on if they could have item numbers in the Bill of Materials (BOM). This is something that is traditionally only needed in mechanical BOMs, since the electrical counterparts have the component marks to differentiate parts. However, some people still like item numbers, and I’ve always said, “sorry, but we don’t have that capability yet”. That was apparently not true! A user on the electrical forum figured out some SQL magic that […]

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Setting up a Library to Group Objects in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

Often times in training or consulting I get asked how to group manufacturer’s part data objects together to make searching for them easier. For instance, if a designer wants to search for items in an approved supplier list or from specific distributors. In the search filter, you can set several filters, but one of the most overlooked filters is the library filter. Creating a library is one of the more easier functions in SOLIDWORKS Schematic. The library feature is not […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Update & Replace Data makes Schematic Updates Quick and Easy

Not everyone can make complete, 100% correct schematics on the first go. Changes and modifications happen often during life of a project. Thankfully, SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a strong tool to make some of those changes seamless and easy. The Replace Data command is a tool that will quickly replace manufacturer parts. For example, if you decided later that, what was initially chosen, isn’t really going to work, then Replace Data is the tool for you. Another use is that it can replace all of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic: Exporting to PDF

Several times over the past couple of years I have run across more and more cases where users have tried to export drawings from their project to a PDF file only to have it fail. Often times there may be several reasons for it, but ultimately the printer service is not installed. SOLIDWORKS Schematic uses PDFCreator to print or export to PDF files. At the time of this blog, the application still requires PDFCreator to create PDF files.   Getting […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Representing Terminal Bridges

SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a great tool for representing your terminal strips, and it automatically makes your terminal strip drawing for you! An important note for this tool to work correctly, is representing your bridges correctly. Many users know how to define them in the terminal strip editor, but don’t realize that you can also represent them in the schematic. If you draw wires jumpering the terminals together SOLIDWORKS Electrical detects that a bridge is being defined on that same connection, and […]

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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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