Superior Graphite Customer Story

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  If you’ve been in business for over a century like Superior Graphite, you might have seen a few CAD programs come and go. As a chemicals manufacturing company, Superior Graphite thermally purifies graphite and calcined petroleum coke for use in multiple applications, from smartphone and electric car batteries to lubricant and loss of circulation material. Superior Graphite has expanded throughout the years with multiple versions of CAD software, with a clear need for better organization of their files as […]

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

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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

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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: Electrical – Shortcuts to Project Design, Data Reuse

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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

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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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Sutphen Corporation – Setting the standard for the fire apparatus industry

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Sutphen sets the standard for engineering excellence, technology, innovation, and durability in the fire apparatus industry. Sutphen was founded in 1890; making it the oldest continuously owned and operated fire apparatus manufacturer in the country.  Never reorganized, owned, or operated by anyone other than a Sutphen, the family atmosphere is unmistakable. Sutphen produces all types of fire related vehicles on their own chassis including the usual engines, ladders, tankers, and rescues but also provides bodies for commercial chassis applications. The company strictly produces […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Electrical – Considering Different Workflows

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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 Keyboard Shortcuts

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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

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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: Utilizing the Power of Macros in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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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 […]

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