SolidWorks Electrical Piping & Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) – Part 1

Article by Delvin Masilamani updated June 25, 2014


Piping & Instrumentation is an important part of engineering design in some industries. Piping is already addressed in the SolidWorks Routing add-in. Now with SolidWorks Electrical Professional, we have the combination of Electrical Schematics, P&ID and Routing which makes it easier for engineers to efficiently increase design productivity.

Start in 2D with SolidWorks Electrical

In SolidWorks Electrical Schematic we start a project in 2D with the P&ID information. The ideology of how the application works is still the same, we insert P&ID symbols on the title block and add manufacturing information to it. As the components are added to the project, they all populate in the component tree under their user set locations.

SolidWorks Electrical P&ID 2D Diagram

SolidWorks Electrical P&ID 2D Diagram

Convert to 3D in SolidWorks

Once completed with the 2D side of things, we can then proceed into 3D since the information is shared through an SQL database. All reports are shared and P&ID users can benefit from the collaboration of the product. In the image below, we opened up the SolidWorks Electrical P&ID project in SolidWorks. Inserted the 3D models from the component tree on the left and completed the piping route.

SolidWorks 3D CAD with imported P&ID Diagram

SolidWorks 3D CAD with imported P&ID Diagram

As you can see with SolidWorks Electrical Professional it is now much easier for engineers to design their Piping & Instrumentation systems. Read more on Piping & Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) – Part 2

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Delvin Masilamani

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