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: Ken Reinert - Senior Application Engineer

                  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 Requires 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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                      How to Insert a Printed Circuit Board in SOLIDWORKS

                      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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                        How to Handle Multi-Part Components in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

                        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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                          How SOLIDWORKS Electrical and PCB Get Rid of the Guesswork

                          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on March 22, 2017

                          How do companies use SOLIDWORKS Electrical and SOLIDWORKS PCB to solve all of their designing needs? From the very beginning of the idea process, SOLIDWORKS can help electrical and mechanical engineers design every detail leading to the finished product.

                          One of the most important aspects of working in SOLIDWORKS Electrical and SOLIDWORKS PCB is being able to work together in completing a project. Electrical and Mechanical engineers must be able to communicate thoroughly and smoothly every step of the way. Luckily, SOLIDWORKS makes that process easy by getting rid of the guesswork between electrical and mechanical design teams.

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                            PCB Design Revolution with Altium and SOLIDWORKS

                            Joel Desilets by Joel Desilets on January 31, 2017

                            Multidisciplinary engineering teams are working together more today than ever
                            before to develop products. This is because products now neePCB Design Revolution with Altium and SOLIDWORKSd to wirelessly connect and communicate with other devices, spurred by the rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) within consumer electronics, manufacturing, healthcare, and automotive industries.

                            If you use Altium Designer, you can now maintain your preferred workflow and realize the value of the SOLIDWORKS PCB Connector, engineered specifically to bridge the gap between your electrical design in Altium and your mechanical design in SOLIDWORKS.  

                            There are several advantages that both Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and SOLIDWORKS designers will notice given the ease of moving models back and forth between Altium Designer and SOLIDWORKS.  

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                              A New Way to Design Printed Circuit Boards

                              Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 17, 2017

                              A-new-way-to-design-printed-circuit-boards1Understanding the lay of the land is extremely important when mechanical and electrical engineers are working on a design. Even when using the same CAD system, a back and forth disconnected process can leave room for error and create major setbacks.

                              Many engineers experience the headache of having significant changes made in a design and feeling like they have to start from scratch. Even simple changes in a design can completely alter the routing of circuits and connectors in a PCB.

                              If you’ve ever found yourself in this scenario, help is a click away. You can now use SOLIDWORKS PCB, powered by Altium. This intuitive software will help eliminate your frustrations associated with changes in circuit board design.

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                                SOLIDWORKS 2017 Packs in New Electrical Functionality

                                David Hofer by David Hofer on December 7, 2016

                                “SOLIDWORKS Electrical – what’s all this 2017 stuff anyway?” is how Bob Pease, the famous integrated circuit design expert and technical author, may describe the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017. He had a great way of explaining complex technical concepts and making them relatable to the general engineering population (us mere mortals).

                                I’m no Bob Pease by any stretch of the imagination, but in putting together descriptions of the electrical features and presentation content for Fisher Unitech’s recent SOLIDWORKS 2017 product launch events, I took system design concepts and related them to a simple robot that our technical team used as a platform to demonstrate the top new enhancements and features in SOLIDWORKS 2017. I think Bob would have appreciated this straightforward, albeit entertaining, approach.

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                                  SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017 - Collaboration Made Simpler

                                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 2, 2016

                                  Teamwork is tried and true regardless of the industry you work in. In product development, the relationship between electrical engineers and mechanical engineers is highly dependent on how well they can collaborate on a project. Having the right tools to work effectively and efficiently not only controls the quality of product designs but the production time frame as well.

                                  SOLIDWORKS Electrical is one such powerful tool for engineers. It not only displays a design to the very last detail but also makes communication extremely easier on both the mechanical and electrical ends of the project.

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                                    Join Us at a SOLIDWORKS 2017 Launch Event Near You

                                    Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on September 7, 2016

                                    sw17cropWe are excited to announce that Fisher Unitech and our friends at Prism Engineering will be hosting a series of SOLIDWORKS 2017 launch events beginning next month on October 5th. With hundreds of new enhancements and features, the newest version of SOLIDWORKS promises to be the most powerful release yet.

                                    So if you’re just as geeked out about SOLIDWORKS 2017 as we are you’ll fit right in! Join us at one of our live launch events to engage with our experts and gain some tips and tricks, along with a deeper understanding of how industry-specific tools can address your personal designing needs.

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                                      ELECTRICAL TECH TIP: Adding Part Numbers to Electrical Components

                                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on March 4, 2014
                                      Many users of SolidWorks Electrical need to add their own information to the library of parts. To execute this, there are a few steps required.
                                      First you have to enable the additional ERP data capabilities to add fields to manufacturer’s parts and cables.
                                      Go to Library > ERP database connection.
                                      Electrical Tech Tip


                                      Turn on Authorize connection to management data database. Leave the default database as the SolidWorks Electrical database.
                                      If you’d like the field to be labeled Part No. (or anything else), select Customize under User data for manufacturer parts.
                                      Electrical Tech Tip
                                      Select the first user data field on the left and change its English label on the right. After you turn this on, you’ll see a Part No. field on every manufacturer part in its Properties. The field is also available as an attribute for symbols.
                                      You will then need to add the Part Number data to the Manufacturer Parts Manager.
                                      Electrical Tech Tip
                                      Locate the component that you want to add the data to; double-click on it to open it.
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                                      Add the Part Number in the ERP Data section on the righthand side.
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                                      Once the field is enabled, you can decide where you would like that information to show up.
                                      If you need it on individual symbols: go to the Symbols manager...
                                      Electrical Tech Tip
                                      ...locate the symbol you need to modify...
                                      Electrical Tech Tip
                                      ...double-click on the symbol to open it...
                                      Electrical Tech Tip
                                      ...choose Attributes insertion...
                                      Electrical Tech Tip
                                      ...expand the folders to locate the new Part Number ...
                                      Electrical Tech Tip
                                      ...add that new attribute to the symbol..
                                      Electrical Tech Tip
                                      ...and update any existing symbols to have the new information.
                                      Electrical Tech Tip

                                      If you would like the information on your BOMs in Electrical, you need to customize the BOM template Open Reports from the Project Toolbar.


                                      Electrical Tech Tip

                                      In the Report Manager, choose Add to add in the BOM - or, if you have a BOM already, select it and choose Properties.


                                      Electrical Tech Tip

                                      In the Properties window, choose the column tab and then Column Management.


                                      Electrical Tech Tip
                                      Check off the box for User Data 1.
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                                      Change the title to whatever you like. Adjust the column width to ensure that all the data will still fit on one page.
                                      Electrical Tech Tip
                                      Hopefully this gets you on your way. Good luck!

                                      For more training and tutorials on the many 3D CAD Modeling solutions in the SolidWorks family of products and add-ons, register for an upcoming Event or look into our SOLIDWORKS training.

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                                      SolidWorks Electrical Joins the Fisher/Unitech Family of SolidWorks Products

                                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on August 6, 2012

                                      FISHER/UNITECH Now Provides SolidWorks Electrical

                                      Troy, MI - FISHER/UNITECH, leading reseller of SolidWorks® 3D design software, will now offer SolidWorks Electrical, a new product developed by Dassault Systemes.  SolidWorks Electrical applications include an innovative system level 2D schematic design tool and a powerful 3D electrical modeling add-in to SolidWorks.  All project design data is synchronized with real-time, bi-directional updates.  The new product provides a range of electrical system design functionality to meet the needs of design professionals.
                                      "SolidWorks Electrical brings an exciting new application to our customers that will enable them to further leverage their investments in SolidWorks and source additional productivity and cost savings.  This new product supports the fast growing field of mechtronics that many companies have already recognized the need to automate and support,” said Charlie Hess, President and CEO of FISHER/UNITECH.
                                      SolidWorks Electrical provides new capabilities and is offered in three applications – SolidWorks Electrical, SolidWorks Electrical 3D and SolidWorks Electrical Professional.  All three offer an easy solution for mechanical and electrical engineering teams to collaborate, reduce delays, lower costs and get to market faster. SolidWorks Electrical includes 2D schematic design tools and 3D component models. Automated management tools streamline design of complex PLC connections. With SolidWorks Electrical 3D users can integrate electrical schematic design data from SolidWorks Electrical with the 3D model of a machine or other product. Users can place all electrical components in 3D, then connect everything and determine lengths of wires, cables, and harnesses. SolidWorks Electrical Professional is a single package that combines the 2D electrical schematic functionality of SolidWorks Electrical and the 3D integration of SolidWorks Electrical 3D.
                                      SolidWorks Electrical is now available as of August 2012.
                                      For more information on SolidWorks Electrical, its capabilities, and how to buy it, visit www.fisherunitech.com.

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