Simplified Wire Routing with SolidWorks


On Thursday, Jan. 29th, I’m hosting an online discussion on the differences between using SOLIDWORKS Routing (available in SOLIDWORKS Premium) and SOLIDWORKS Electrical (combination of Schematics and 3D add-in) in accomplishing wire routing.  While the end result is typically the same, the two methods provide different advantages to your design goals.

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Creating Cables with the SWE Dynamic Connector Tool

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One of the advantages of using a schematic tool that integrates into your mechanical design, like SOLIDWORKS Electrical (SWE) is that you can visualize your electrical design in a 3D space.  This allows for your schematic symbols and lines to translate into components and wires.  While the software comes with some predefined components for your use, the typical process may entail manufacture

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SOLIDWORKS Tips You Should Know – for January


Here are some tips from our Application Engineers to help you in SOLIDWORKS!

1. “Lock rotation on ALL concentric mates by right-clicking the Mates folder in the design tree and selecting Lock Concentric Rotation.”

  - Catherine Wagner, Albany, NY

2. “A great way to double-check your component properties while in an assembly is with Assembly Visualization; add the property columns you

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Block Attributes in DraftSight


Blocks are typically symbols; a collection of geometry for one purpose or another. Block Attributes are text that can easily be updated when a block is inserted. The text may refer to the model number of a part, a person’s name, or any number of details. The number of attributes present in a block are virtually limitless. You may even decide to create an entire drawing format that include

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Goldilocks and the Bend Parameters


When I look at the many SOLIDWORKS sheet metal bend parameter options, I feel a little like Goldilocks stumbling into the bear’s cottage. I have all these options and it’s hard to decide which one is, “just…right.”  To make this decision, you need to communicate with the manufacturer of your sheet metal parts and know your options. In this post, I am

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