Everything New in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020: User Rights, Reports, and More

    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 11, 2019

    SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020SOLIDWORKS Electrical is a powerful tool that lets you design and place electrical schematics and components in an easy-to-use, collaborative environment. SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 has added new features and functionality for reports, leader lines, user rights, and more. Learn more about these new enhancements and find out more about what SOLIDWORKS 2020 has to offer here. 

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      Electronic Fit, Function, and Validation: Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 7)

      Mark Talbott by Mark Talbott on September 12, 2019

      Electrical design to manufacturingSpring cleaning has come and gone, yet the clutter persists.  In the act of redeeming a missed opportunity for bettering our work environment, the Application Engineering team at Fisher Unitech has sprung into action to create some elbow room, while hard at work servicing manufacturing.  An all-in-one wireless charging phone stand and headset holder takes center stage. We recently saw two design possibilities: The Holster and the Transporter, which both have been designed using a variety of tools and functionality within SOLIDWORKS.

      In both of these designs, we were able to overcome a few challenges that involved loads, stresses, and tolerances. We used 3D scanning, motion analysis, simulation, and 3D printing, among others to put us back on track. In today’s addition to our Design to Manufacturing Series, we detail the electrical aspects required for the scope of this project and the tools used to assist in our product development efforts.

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        Newly Announced SQL Server Updates for SOLIDWORKS Customers

        Tom Starks by Tom Starks on July 26, 2019

        SQL Server Updates SOLIDWORKS recently announced that it will no longer support SQL Server 2014 with version 2021 service pack 5. What does this news mean to SOLIDWORKS PDM or SOLIDWORKS Electrical customers? It means you’ll need to upgrade to SQL 2016 or greater no later than October 2021. In this blog, I’ll answer some frequently asked questions regarding this announcement.

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          Improving Design Cycle Times & Collaboration with Mechanical and Electrical Design Software

          Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on July 23, 2019

          electrical design softwareCreating well-designed electrical systems take time, skill, and strong communication between mechanical and electrical engineers; unfortunately, the design process doesn’t always flow as smoothly as we’d like. Waiting on another person to give feedback and make improvements can quickly become frustrating, and even the best communicators can forget details as designs pass from person to person. Seemingly minor oversights and bottlenecks in productivity can become lengthy design cycles that put projects behind schedule.

          One way to avoid these potential pitfalls is through the use of electrical design software, like SOLIDWORKS Electrical, that improves ECAD and MCAD collaboration through intuitive tools and features.

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            How to Import Symbols into SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

            Ken Reinert by Ken Reinert on October 29, 2018

            SOLIDWORKS Electrical SchematicIf you’ve used SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Professional or Standard then you know how easy it is to develop your electrical systems thanks to the integrated library database which houses thousands of symbols and tools that can be used throughout your design. However, it is sometimes necessary to import a symbol into the symbol library in lieu of creating a symbol from scratch or modifying an existing symbol.

            In this quick tip, I’ll show you how to import symbols into SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic quickly and easily so you can continue your electrical design without a hitch. Let’s get started.

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              Smart Products & Design for the Internet of Things

              Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on October 16, 2018

              smart productsIf you’ve worked in business you’ve probably heard that it’s important to “fail fast,” but what exactly does this mean? It certainly doesn’t mean that your business should fail quickly, or you should fire an employee at the first sign of trouble. Instead, “failing fast,” should be about embracing small tests, moving quickly, and pivoting if you fail. This is especially true in experimental areas like the Internet of Things (IoT), which is spreading rapidly across industries and driven by innovation. Companies that can create new applications for IoT and the smart products that support them will ultimately be the winners in a market expected to reach a value of $267 billion by 2020.

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                Enable Collaboration & Streamline Workflow with SOLIDWORKS Electrical Training

                Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on July 17, 2018

                SOLIDWORKS Electrical trainingIn an increasingly digital world, electronics have become a critical part of the way we communicate and get work done. Whether we notice it or not, electrical systems and printed circuit boards surround us every day.

                In order to meet demand, designers and engineers have to create new products while continuously driving innovation and staying ahead of the competitive curve. Their success lies in their ability to design smarter products and unify the electrical and mechanical processes, but this is not always easy. Leveraging SOLIDWORKS CAD and improving communication between the different teams is crucial to improving workflow and lowering costs.

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                  Joining Forces: Design in Parallel with SOLIDWORKS Electrical and PCB

                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on March 6, 2018

                  SOLIDWORKS Electrical Electrical systems and printed circuit boards are all around us, embedded in an endless number of items. Your cell phone, computer, television, the lamp on your desk, the key fob in your pocket; even the very room you’re sitting in. Increasingly, anything you interact with contains a circuit board, and every circuit board needs a supply of electricity.

                  The pace at which these technologies develop is rapid, and to meet that demand and deliver the latest and greatest products to market, electrical and mechanical designers and engineers must work in parallel; in a collaborative environment with seamless communication.

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                    SOLIDWORKS 2018 Series - What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018

                    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 21, 2017

                    SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018-1We bet you’re just as excited about SOLIDWORKS 2018 as we are. This blog series will walk you through the entire what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018 portfolio. We’re kicking off the first of this blog series with SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018.

                    Electrical design changes can often feel like a huge setback due to the amount of rework and tedious updates and edits commonly involved for each symbol, wire, and title block. SOLIDWORKS Electrical has addressed these pain points so that corrections can be made in a snap.

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                      You Can Take SOLIDWORKS Electrical for a Virtual Test Drive

                      Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on September 11, 2017

                      You-Can-Take-SOLIDWORKS-Electrical-for-a-Virtual-Test-Drive-1Are you tired of managing countless spreadsheets and CAD drawings to document your electrical design projects? Is collaboration with other team members clumsy and cumbersome at best? If you have these product development pains, you need to reconsider the tools you are using. Today, you don’t need to sacrifice valuable time and effort with your electrical design work.

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                        CIMdata Highlights Automation Alley Event on Designing Smart Products for the IoT

                        Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on August 4, 2017

                        CIMdata Highlight Designing Smart Products for the Internet of Things 1
                        The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing how manufacturers design and develop products. From industrial and medical equipment to consumer goods, the products we use today are becoming increasingly connected and smart. While the IoT brings new revenue opportunities for manufacturers, there are also new product development challenges that can eat into profitability.

                        Product development experts Peter Bilello, President of CIMdata, and David Hofer, Electrical Technical Specialist at Fisher Unitech recently spoke about how to address such challenges at an Automation Alley Industry 4.0 Tech Takeover event in Troy, Michigan on July 19th. In this blog, we provide an excerpt from CIMdata’s commentary summarizing the event and topics discussed.

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                          Meet our Experts: Senior Application Engineer Ken Reinert

                          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on July 26, 2017

                          Power of Our People Application EngineerMeet our expert and Senior Application Engineer Ken Reinert. Ken is based out of our office in Horsham, Pennsylvania and has a slew of knowledge on Electrical 3D CAD software with over 18 years experience.

                          After gaining his degree in Specialized Technology and Mechanical Engineering from York Technical Institute, Ken jumped right into the industry and has been a leader, trainer, and technical supporter ever since.  Keep reading to learn more about Ken and his focus on helping companies reduce cost and design better and smarter products.

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                            Designing Smart Products: A Smarter Approach

                            David Hofer by David Hofer on July 10, 2017

                            Designing-Smart-Products-Requires-a-Smarter-Approach-1Today many of our daily interactions involve connected devices and connectivity is shaping the economy. Gartner predicts that the total number of smart or connected “things” will reach 20.4 billion by 2020.

                            Designing smart products for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 requires a smarter approach. In order to stay competitive business leaders need to assess their product development processes to ensure that they are striving for best-in-class performance. This includes keeping an eye on the ever-evolving state of product design tools.

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                              SOLIDWORKS: How to Insert a Printed Circuit Board

                              Ken Reinert by Ken Reinert on June 14, 2017

                              As I was walking around town recently, I noticed a woman pushing a baby stroller that had USB ports. Her phone was plugged into one and a travel mug was plugged into another. It occurred to me that so many things today are designed with a printed circuit board, even something like a baby stroller.

                              Designers today have to consider not only the aesthetics of products, but how to integrate all the electronics that go with it. Trying to document that integration can be challenging without the proper tools. When you select the “Insert Printed Circuit Board” icon in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, you are given four options. Keep reading to find out what each of those options mean.

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                                SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Handling Multi-Part Components

                                David Hofer by David Hofer on March 31, 2017

                                I was recently working with a SOLIDWORKS Electrical project that a customer had developed, and I ran across a situation that I see quite often. Users that develop components that are made up of multiple parts, often run into issues when associating symbols to them in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic.

                                Often the problem goes unnoticed until the project is moved to SOLIDWORKS CAD using the Electrical 3D add-in and the wires and cables are routed. Generally, the routing analysis will display an error having to do with the connection points.

                                In this blog I’m going to show an example where this can easily happen and a way to spot the issue and fix it before entering the CAD environment.

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