SolidWorks Electrical Virtual Circuits

Article by Delvin Masilamani created/updated June 20, 2014

SolidWorks Virtual Circuit component type

SolidWorks Virtual Circuit component type

I’ve repeatedly been involved in discussions about virtual Circuits, “What are SolidWorks Electrical Virtual Circuits?”.

SolidWorks Electrical tends to take the Electrical concept of a circuit and apply it to the back-end of how this application works. Every Connection point of a component is part of a circuit. Keeping that in mind there are a few circuits available that can be used while creating the Symbol Connection points and setting up the terminals of the Manufacturing data.

Rules of using SolidWorks Electrical Virtual Circuits:

  1. Single line Diagram symbols have no default virtual circuits. (You can add a circuit and then reference a Manf. Part)
  2. Schematic Symbols need virtual circuits to define connection points
  3. The manufacturing part’s Virtual circuits must match the virtual circuits of the Schematic symbols connection points
  4. The Sequence of the connection points at the symbol level is very important. You can assign Individual circuits for each Connection point or you can have one circuit with multiple connection points. Either way the Schematic Symbol setup must match the manufacturing parts setup.
Virtual Circuit Outline

Virtual Circuit Outline

  1. The Terminal information will be derived from the manufacturing parts only if Criteria 4 as mentioned above is met.
  2. Individual circuit types are recommended when creating a PLC Manufacturing part.
  3. Virtual Circuits in the Manf.Part are then linked to SolidWorks Electrical 3D -Connection points. A good example of this can be seen in the blog SolidWorks Electrical: Creating Custom Connectors

This is a general idea of the internal linking or Virtual circuits. If you are uncertain what type of circuits to use for components, existing default library symbols will have that information. Referencing that you can create new manufacturing parts with the matching Virtual circuits.

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Delvin Masilamani

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