SolidWorks Electrical: The Archive Environment, Part 1

Article by Delvin Masilamani updated June 28, 2013


Shao Liu regularly contributes to the documentation for our Electrical Team here at Javelin Technologies. The article below is a useful section from his work.

SolidWorks Electrical has a powerful SQL back end and uses an archiving process for packaging all parts or project information. When creating customized electrical component which may include schematic symbols, manufacture information and 3D content, SolidWork Electrical has the advantage of automating the process with ease. 

The Archive Environment has two methods in which it is used:

1) Packaging a select list of Manufacturing parts (or Symbols or TitleBlocks or Cables or Macros)

2) Packaging the Database

First of all, it is necessary to transfer all the 3D files into the default location of SolidWork Electrical at

C:\ProgramData\SolidWorks Electrical\SolidWorks\sldPrt.

This will ensure that newly added 3D content is registered in the software.

Note: This Process of copying parts to local machine may vary for Enterprise PDM environment and Client Server SW Electrical Setup. Kindly consult your CAD administration for more details.

Packaging a select list of Manufacturing parts

Inside the application, create a user defined library, this will be easier to manage later when archiving content. A new library can be created in Libraries manager.

A User can add manufacture information or choose an existing part to add or edit information inside Manufacture parts manager.


Once the manufacture information and the 3D files are in place, a user can simply link the two together. Open Manufacturer parts manager, right click on a Part to properties. In 3D part, browse inside sldPrt folder and selecting the correct 3D file.


Once all the parts have the complete information and 3D file linked, they are ready to be packaged.

Click Archive in Manufacturer parts manager, and save the archive file.

This Manufacturing Parts list can now be shared with other SolidWorks Electrical users outside your network/ environment. This process can be repeated with any of the other Library managers in the application. Read more in Archiving Part 2

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Delvin Masilamani

Delvin is ‎Senior Solutions Expert at Javelin and is based in our Oakville, Ontario office.