SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Course Now Available


SOLIDWORKS Electrical training course

Great product designs are often achieved through the combined efforts of various engineering disciplines. While SOLIDWORKS has historically been known to produce world-class mechanical CAD software, there has always been a need for mechanical design and electrical design to work closely together. With the release of SOLIDWORKS Electrical, SOLIDWORKS now offers a world-class solution specifically for electrical designers and helps to bring the collaboration between electrical and mechanical design closer together than ever, with the integration of its 2D Schematic software, and the SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D add-in for SOLIDWORKS. In this course release we focus on the 2D Schematic software functionality to get you up to speed quickly with developing 2D schematics, wiring line diagrams, and mixed scheme drawings that combine the two.

One of the fundamental components of working in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, is the use of Symbols to develop and detail your electrical designs. Symbols are powerful. You can place symbols on your schematic and line diagram drawings to represent the components you will be using, and draw wires to represent the physical wires and cables to establish their connection information, but what’s more, is that as you place symbols on your drawings, you can actually associate them with the manufacturer part numbers that you will be using along with their properties, including visual indicators that ensure the symbols shown on your drawing accurately reflect the connections that are available on the physical component that will be used.

As you build up your schematics with symbols, a components list in the side panel is populated with all of the physical components in the design, and it organizes them based on the physical locations in the project, whether you’re working within a single location, or many physical locations in the overall design. The component information, of course, connects directly to the mechanical design in the SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D add-in, but even in the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic software, report drawings can be added with just a couple of clicks to include things like bills of materials, lists of wires and cables, connection information between components and quite a few other types of report drawings.

Learn SOLIDWORKS Electrical at your own pace

In this course we walk you through the details of how these concepts can be used in your electrical projects. We start with a deep dive into the user interface and how projects and the various drawing types work, and then move into the specifics of developing and detailing your designs with things like symbols, wires and cables, PLC’s, and terminals. You will learn how to take advantage of the power of associating manufacturer component data to items, generating reports, and bills of materials. You will also learn how to set up custom templates, macros, and add and customize manufacturer parts and cables in the library. With some exposure to those fundamental concepts and a bit of practice, you will be up to speed with SOLIDWORKS Electrical in no time.

To get the most from this course, we suggest you continue your education with SOLIDWORKS Electrical through our SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D Course. Learn more about it here!

The new SOLIDWORKS Electrical course is included in SolidProfessor Premium for SOLIDWORKS.

John Farmer
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