Articles by: Justin Flett

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Registry Reset

One of the most common troubleshooting steps when experience strange behaviour with SOLIDWORKS is to run a registry reset.  This has been explained previously in one of our most popular blog posts: SOLIDWORKS Corrupted? Try Resetting SOLIDWORKS Windows Registry Entry In this article we will run through the exact same concepts for resetting registries for SOLIDWORKS Electrical. Perhaps you may have experienced one of these issues before… SOLIDWORKS Electrical showing only the splash screen and not actually launching? Toolbars missing unable to be retrieved? System crashing when loaded Any number of other bizarre and seemingly random errors can all be symptoms of a corrupt registry key. You may be able to correct this with a SOLIDWORKS Electrical registry reset. WARNING: Please be very careful when editing or deleting any entries in the Windows Registry as changing the wrong entry can lead to major issues on your system.  Also if you have SOLIDWORKS…

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How do I change the drawing background colour in SOLIDWORKS Electrical?

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Drawing Background Colour

SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a number of interface and graphics customization options to help users define and customize to their exact preferences. One of the most commonly asked questions I receive from newer users of SOLIDWORKS Electrical is… “How do I change the SOLIDWORKS Electrical drawing background colour?” Many traditional CAD systems use a dark drawing background as it is generally easier on the eyes than bright coloured backgrounds. In SOLIDWORKS Electrical we of course can change our drawing background colours, and a number of other useful options as well! To customize the interface and graphics I navigate to Tools > Interface Configuration which will open my Interface configuration window. From here I jump into the ‘Graphic options’ tab and customize: The ‘drawing background colour that works best for me. The Pick-box size or cross-hair percentage. Many people will find it useful to have the cross-hair set to 100% of screen…

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Output SOLIDWORKS Composer images at the exact size with Paper Space

SOLIDWORKS Composer Paper Space

When generating outputs in SOLIDWORKS Composer it will often be required to generate specific sizes for our images. Outputting generic image sizes may require resizing and scaling of the images after the fact which will degrade the output images. Rather then having to resize our images after the fact, a preferred approach would be to output our images in the exact sizing specifications we require. We can do exactly this in SOLIDWORKS Composer by formatting the Paper Space as needed for our projects. I can control the paper space size by going to File > Properties > Document Properties or Default Document Properties. From here the Document Properties window will open and I can navigate to the “Paper Space” tab. From here I can choose a number of standard format sizes or I can use ‘Custom’ to define my own sizing. Once happy with our selections I can hit Apply…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Mouse Button Customization

SOLIDWORKS Composer Mouse Button Customization

When just starting off using SOLIDWORKS Composer one of the first questions I am often asked is “How can we customize the mouse movements?”. If you are a strong SOLIDWORKS Mechanical user, you will notice almost instantly that the SOLIDWORKS Composer default mouse movements are slightly different then the Mechanical movements.  Many users wish to customize the mouse navigation tools to match those they are familiar with from SOLIDWORKS Mechanical or other tools. To change the mouse navigation tools we can go to File >Preferences which will open up our Application Preferences window.  Here we have a number of application settings that we can customize to fit our needs, and the ‘Navigation’ tab will give us our Mouse Button Customization options. From here we can customize our Mouse Navigation tools to fit our preferences.  That being said, I would suggest giving the SOLIDWORKS Composer default mouse controls a try before…

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Help

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Getting Started Guide

For those of us who are relatively new to the SOLIDWORKS Electrical software, we can find a number of great references and documentation in the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Help. Upon launching the software, we can navigate to the “Help” tab and start to learn the basics of SOLIDWORKS Electrical.  The first option I may take is a look at is the “Tutorial panel”.  This gives us a number of very useful and well laid out tutorials and practice projects to help me understand the basics and get started on the right track. In addition to this, I also have the “Help” tab which will give me an even more in depth introduction to the SOLIDWORKS Electrical world, describing all necessary information in great detail.  The Help files include project samples and even more tutorial examples to get you started. In addition to both the tutorial and help tabs I also have…

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How to display a Wire Bump / Cross Over in SOLIDWORKS PCB

Cross Over example

In many traditional Electrical Schematic drawings, engineers and designers would draw ‘wire bumps’ in any areas where a schematic line would cross over other schematic lines to help show visibly that the lines simply cross over each other and are not actually connected to each other. As electrical design packages have become more and more advanced however, the need for these cross overs/wire bumps have become less and less necessary as the software packages can now be smart enough to determine on their own when lines are connected and when they are simply crossing over. That being said, many designers and engineers still prefer to have the traditional option of visible wire bumps turned on as it can help increase the readability of their schematics. For example, if the schematics are to be printed out on a black and white sheet of paper it still may be useful to have…

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SOLIDWORKS PCB Export Copper Traces

SOLIDWORKS PCB Export Copper Traces

One of the many advantages of SOLIDWORKS PCB is its ability to export PCB copper and traces into your mechanical models.  This not only is a huge advantage for marketing and visual representation purposes but it can also be useful for simulations and heat flow analysis.  For example, we could apply our actual copper material to these traces and simulate standard voltage and current levels to give insight to heat flow within our electronics. To export the 3D CAD file including all copper traces we can simply go to the Outputs tab and select the Parasolid export option.  Within our Parasolid export option we will have a number of options of what exactly we would like to include in our export.  Here we can export all copper traces if we would like. Once exported we can open within SOLIDWORKS and we will have our full PCB in 3D CAD format…

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Smart PDF

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Smart PDF

One of the many benefits of using SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic for your electrical design needs is the ability to output a SOLIDWORKS Electrical Smart PDF. A SOLIDWORKS Electrical Smart PDF is a PDF file which holds additional information.  For example, all documents, locations, and components are bookmarked making it extremely simple to navigate to specific sheets or specific components within your projects.  The image below shows a smart PDF with all bookmarks generated.  Notice, this may even look very familiar and similar to how our documents manager and component manager looks in the SOLIDWORKS Electrical software, and we can navigate to sheets or components in a very similar manner! There is even more smart functionality such as the ability to jump between origin/destination arrows or jump between associated components by simply clicking on the symbols in the PDF. To export your electrical schematic project into a smart PDF we can…

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