Articles by: Joseph Lyon

Configuring the Layer Stack Manager in SOLIDWORKS PCB

The PCB stackup plays a crucial role in achieving optimal product performance. A well-designed PCB stackup can ensure adequate signal quality, reduce electromagnetic emissions, minimize production costs and improve board manufacturability. The Layer Stack Manager in SOLIDWORKS PCB gives designers the ability to fully define the PCB stackup and save configurations for future use. Accessing…

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File Import in SOLIDWORKS PCB

Migrating CAD data to a new design software can be a difficult task. Whether transporting legacy data or simply accessing designs developed in a different design environment, SOLIDWORKS PCB makes the process easy. Using the SOLIDWORKS PCB Import Files Feature, design files from other electrical tools can be converted, often in less than a minute….

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Optimize Complex SOLIDWORKS Electrical Harness Design using Super Part and Dynamic Connectors

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Harness Design often requires the inclusion of many connectors. Creating a super part for each connector will simplify the repeated creation process while dynamic connectors allow full control over their insertion on the schematic. Connector sub-parts not included in the main connector assembly can be added to the super part, such as: backshells,…

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How to install SOLIDWORKS PCB Services

SOLIDWORKS PCB is powerful electronic design software that enables the streamlined integration of electrical and mechanical engineering. Collaboration between SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS PCB is managed through a program known as the PCB Services. PCB Services utilizes the Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) to manage all mechanical and electrical CAD data and change history. Install SOLIDWORKS…

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Using SOLIDWORKS Solutions to Build a Hand Crank Flashlight: Part 1 – Mechanical Design

While working as an engineering intern in the electrical department at Javelin, I am putting my academic knowledge to the test by creating a fully functional hand crank flashlight. This will be an excellent addition to any emergency/zombie apocalypse survival kit. To add to the challenge, I am using salvaged electronic components and 3D printed…

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Pin Swapping in SOLIDWORKS PCB

Pin swapping is a useful tool in PCB design to ensure optimal component placement and routing. Swapping electrically compatible pins can significantly decrease net crossovers. Fewer net crossovers reduces the number of vias and track length required to route complex components such as connectors or FPGA devices. SOLIDWORKS PCB allows the ability to swap pin…

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How to place image onto a circuit board in SOLIDWORKS PCB

You may find yourself needing to insert an image onto a circuit board for a variety of reasons. Images enable designers to display objects such as company logos, bar codes, warning signs, and QR codes. As you can see below I have used the SOLIDWORKS PCB place image tool to brand this board with the…

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