SolidWorks Electrical & SolidWorks Electrical 3D – Let's take a closer look… by John Lieber

SolidWorks Electrical and SolidWorks Electrical 3D provide not only an intuitive new schematic design tool but one that is modern and easy to use.

SolidWorks Electrical

SolidWorks Electrical is more than just a tool for creating schematics, it has a wide range of reporting tools to create BOM’s, Lists of Cables and Wires SolidWorks Electrical is composed of two unique but joined technologies.  The first part, which we call “SolidWorks Electrical Schematic”, is a standalone application designed for an Electrical Engineer or someone that is responsible for the design of wiring circuits typically found in organizations that do not differentiate between the different engineering disciplines.  It is capable of creating both single and multi-line diagrams similar to what is commonly found in today’s marketplace.  What makes this product unique is that it is a multi-user/multi-project platform that allows multiple users to work on a single project or allowing several different projects to be open at the same time so circuits and information can be copied between them or used as reference material.  It also allows a seamless real-time link into the second product “SolidWorks Electrical 3D”, later in this post.

SolidWorks Electrical is more than just a tool for creating schematics, it has a wide range of reporting tools to create BOM’s, Lists of Cables and Wires even create lists of unreferenced symbols or children symbols without parents.  But the best thing about its reporting capabilities is that it is all being pulled from a SQL database structure so that you can control, modify or create your reports exactly the way you need them.

Everything is associative, when you place symbols into your diagrams the system will automatically generate names, we call them ‘Marks’.  For example, if you place a contactor relay onto page one of your schematics and then you place the relay on another page, all you have to do is tell the software when placing the second symbol that it uses the same mark as the relay and they will be associated.  Any part numbers or other changes will propagate to the other symbol.

Wizards are available to import data from other electrical systems.  Some of the wizards included are for importing already created schematics, import of symbols from other systems and manufacturing part information from an ERP system or Excel and text documents.

SolidWorks Electrical 3D

This side of the tool allows you to incorporate the electrical project into your mechanical designs.  With real time access to the parts list (BOM) that is created in the schematic, SolidWorks users can place or associate SolidWorks Models and Assemblies so users can use the automated routing tools for Wires, Cables, and Harnesses.

There are additional tools for creating drawings for use in the electrical project as well as creating or updating the reports to include lengths and mechanical parts in the BOM.  There is an easy to use wizard for updating SolidWorks parts to include electrical properties.

Having the electrical information in SolidWorks also provides users with additional functionality that SolidWorks provides its users.  Interference checks, thermal analysis and calculating mass, are just some of the tools that you will have access to.

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About John Lieber

Johnathen is a Sr. Applications Engineer at our GoEngineer Corporate HQ in Utah with over 15 years of technical experience, 13 of which has focused on SolidWorks. He has a unique perspective of having worked as a SolidWorks Application Engineer and Trainer, which fosters an understanding of the user requirements with the system capabilities, allowing for quick resolution to business problems. Johnathen has experience in business process development, configuration, administration, training, installation, software development, and troubleshooting. His training style is focused on simplicity for the end user and administrators while providing excellent functionality.

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