As we've been exploring how to build a better electrical parts library in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, we've looked at set up of libraries, classification and how to import external or custom data. Having all your project-specific or company-specific data in one place helps you speed up your design process and also makes it easier to have access to all your part details. But how do you stay in control of who views or edits your libraries? How can you keep them organized? In part three of this series, we walk through the steps to relocate data within libraries, delete certain data and manage access permissions.
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical comes with a huge default library of common parts right out of the box, which is very helpful in getting started right away. However, there could come a time where you will need to expand this library with more parts that better fit your project needs. Fortunately, there are different import options that allow you to easily add data to your SOLIDWORKS Electrical libraries. In this article, we will go over how to download, import and manually enter new part data.
SOLIDWORKS Electrical uses libraries to keep data in a centralized area for access during the design process. It will assist with keeping data organized and aids designers when searching for a specific piece of data. One of the great things about this software is that SOLIDWORKS has a database of over half a million manufacturing parts for you to use when designing so you can shrink development time by reusing many common circuits and symbols without having to add them from scratch each time. In part one of this new series, we go over how to set up your libraries and classifications to hold all this data.
With SOLIDWORKS Electrical, design engineers have the ability to import DWG or DXF legacy designs from another electrical CAD tool. The software contains 2D drafting tools that allow for the editing of electrical drawings. With SOLIDWORKS Electrical, engineers can reduce design time. In this article, I show you how to import legacy designs into SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
Having backups or duplicate copies of files is crucial to any workflow. We cannot predict everything that will happen on a machine, but we can attempt to prepare for everything that will happen. SOLIDWORKS Electrical is managed by SQL, so we cannot just copy and paste files to a backup location. Instead (and luckily), SOLIDWORKS Electrical comes equipped with a backup process that saves all pertinent information (libraries, projects, etc.) to a single file. This can make life much easier for you should anything happen to your hardware.
When it comes to designing a project, it is important to use revision management to track and control any changes that were done. Revision notes are important in the design process because they will specify who designed, approved and validated each revision in the project. This blog article explains how to use revision control which is beneficial for the user to track project design changes, making for a clear understanding of past, current and future designs.
SOLIDWORKS Electrical can generate various reports for a project. Reports in this case are sets of data that show information applied in the specific project. Some of the most common reports are bill of materials (BOMs), list of wires, list of cables and drawing list. Users may want to modify a report to present data in a different format to better meet their needs and to provide additional information. Knowing how to alter a report is very important because it can enable the user to read and understand data easily. In this blog article, I will show you some tips and tricks to modify reports inside SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
December 2, 2019
Having spent some time working at a local battery company started from Carnegie Mellon, I saw firsthand as a SOLIDWORKS user how companies in the energy sector utilize the software. It would be very narrow-minded to exclude the totality of this industry. There are many products in the SOLIDWORKS portfolio, if leveraged properly, that can be powerful for those in the industry, from oil/gas, hydroelectric power generation, hydrogen power and many more. During my time at the battery company, I utilized the SOLIDWORKS mechanical design suite of products including the basics with sketching, product and assembly design to the more advanced capabilities and SOLIDWORKS validation products. In this blog, I go through a very high-level overview of the tools most likely to be used by a designer in this field.
Electrical and mechanical engineers can collaborate to design printed circuit boards (PCBs) that fit and function in SOLIDWORKS assemblies, bridging the collaboration gap between Electrical Computer Aided Design (ECAD) and Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD). Using add-on tools, such as CircuitWorks, designers and engineers have the ability to read ECAD files in SOLIDWORKS. In this blog, we'll go over what CircuitWorks is and the benefits of using this add-on.
September 30, 2019
For mechanical designers, SOLIDWORKS Electrical is the yin to their yang. In one cohesive environment, Electrical CAD (ECAD) and Mechanical CAD (MCAD) designers can work side by side, innovating easier and getting their designs out the door faster than ever before. To all the MCAD guys and gals out there here’s why SOLIDWORKS Electrical is such a powerful tool that enables productivity and collaboration between you and your ECAD counterparts.
August 7, 2019
Nano Dimension announces the new DragonFly LDM 3D printer for manufacturing electronics. This unique system brings a specialized Lights-Out Digital Manufacturing (LDM) technology and additional diagnostic automation which enables the system to run around-the-clock with little to no monitoring. This is the first of it's kind for Nano Dimension and enables 24/7 uninterrupted 3D printing for greater production output which results in a significant decrease in time and labor cost for realizing in-house printing of electronics.
With the latest advancements in additive manufacturing, it is now possible to 3D print insulative and conductive material together, enabling the rapid on-demand production of printed circuit boards (PCBs), antennas, flexible electronics and other functional freeform electronics. In this article, Simon Fried, President of Nano Dimension USA, answers the top five frequently asked questions about this new technology. You will learn about the benefits of 3D printing electronics in-house, understand how inkjet deposition technology works, examples of how to design parts for electrical prototypes and watch examples of 3D printed parts being created using the DragonFly 2020 Pro electronics 3D printer.