When a 2D Footprint symbol is created in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Layout, the software automatically adds a ‘Wipeout Frame’ based on the extends of the footprint you’re working on. Firstly, to view frames of a symbol, simply go to the Panel Layout drawing window by selecting “Show wipeout frames” in the grid setting tab (See image below for reference).
In a lot of cases where the 2D Footprint symbol is rectangular, there won’t be any issues. However, if there are a few devices that are not particularly rectangular and the frame is not defined, the software will generate a frame around the outermost borders of the symbol (see the image below where the frame is depicted in red).
By not defining the frame of a 2D Footprint symbol that is not rectangular, can lead to gaps and inconsistencies when you insert the symbol beside another symbol or on a rail (see image below).
If the frame is defined by the user, the tool will then use the defined frame for the 2D Footprint. To make changes to the frame structure and for the user to define their own frame, follow the instructions below:
- Right-click the symbol > Open Symbol
- Go to the Draw tab > Select Wipeout
- Click and draw on the outer borders of the symbol, once you are finished the newly defined frame will be displayed in the foreground as seen below.
- From here, select the symbol to highlight the wipeout frame.
- Go to Modify > Click the drop down for Order and select “Set background” to push the frame behind the symbol.
- Save the symbol > Go back to your Layout > Right click symbol > Update.
The result can be seen below from SOLIDWORKS Electrical:
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