A SOLIDWORKS PCB Class is a logical group of design objects. Grouping objects into a class allows for simplified viewing of the PCB layout and the creation of targeted design rules. SOLIDWORKS PCB class types include: nets, components, layers and polygons.
Creating a Net Class
Net classes can be assigned to individual connections by simply adding a Net Class directive.
- Home > Circuit Elements > Directives > Net Class
To assign a net class to multiple wires or components at the same time, create a Blanket directive around the selection. Apply the Net Class directive to the blanketed circuit.
The net class name can be defined in the Value field. Rules can be associated by selecting the Add as Rule button in the Parameters dialog or in the Design Rules.
When a schematic is brought to a PCB document some classes will be generated automatically. Modifications can be made to how classes are generated in the Project Options.
Updating the PCB document will successfully generate classes.
Browsing Net Classes
All classes can be viewed and managed from the Object Class Explorer. With a PCB document active, navigate to:
- Home > Design Rules > Classes
Generated classes can be viewed interactively from the PCB Panel dialog:
- View > PCB
Selecting a class from the PCB Panel will highlight and jump to the selected objects on the PCB document.