Design your Harness your way with SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

Article by Angus Hudson, CSWP created/updated July 16, 2018

What if I told you that there was an electrical software suite that would turn your existing electrical harness design process on its metaphorical head? Copying commonly used blocks, drawing new ones, typing out bills of materials and connecting everything together with lines… Sure, that’s fine for one drawing, but what about when you also want to add in a connection overview, or when you want to make a design change? SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic simplifies each of these design steps with its intuitive workflow, while also utilizing component intelligence to connect your single line drawings, schematics and reports together. This means that design choices you make in one place are automatically reflected in every other drawing or report, saving you a ton of time!

Electrical harness design and mechanical components can be added to a connection overview

Both electrical and mechanical components can be added to a connection overview

A single line drawing is a great place to capture the broad strokes of your harness design, before worrying about the exact connection details. SOLIDWORKS Electrical has an enormous library of pre-made symbols that can be inserted as is, or used as a starting point for your specific component. Adding these components to your design is as easy as dragging and dropping the symbol on to your drawing sheet. The intuitive sketching tools make it easy to indicate electrical connections, but our drawing can include relevant non-electrical components, such as back shells, cable clips, or connector covers. With this flexibility you can quickly illustrate your full design intent in a graphical system overview.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical makes it easy to keep track of which symbols are associated to which components in a bill of materials

SOLIDWORKS Electrical makes it easy to keep track of which symbols are associated to which components in a bill of materials

SOLIDWORKS Electrical keeps track of the components inserted in your various drawings, making it easy for you to remember which symbols are in your connection overview, and which are needed in your detailed connection diagrams. The same streamlined tools allow you to intuitively specify exact pin to pin connections from any drawing. Specific components or conductors can quickly be added to harnesses via the right click menu from any drawing. This lets you define and edit your harness design on the fly, without worrying about flipping between the relevant drawings. To better keep track of all this connection information, SOLIDWORKS Electrical users can include dynamic connection tables that will automatically update as the design progresses. Predefined templates let you add whichever information is relevant, such as: origin and destination, wire gauge, and manufacturer part numbers.

Dynamic connection labels will automatically update as project information is added or altered

Dynamic connection labels will automatically update as project information is added or altered

SOLIDWORKS Electrical gives you the freedom to design your harness any way you want. This flexibility makes it the ideal tool to accommodate shifting design requirements and preferences of current and future projects. Contact us today, or  check out more electrical articles on our blog to discover more ways that SOLIDWORKS Electrical will simplify your design process.

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Angus Hudson, CSWP

Angus is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional and Applications Expert, based in our Vancouver, British Columbia office.

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