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How to read and understand an Electrical Schematic

Ever wonder what’s behind the walls at home or researched how an electrical device works? Maybe you want to fix something that runs on electricity? At first glance an electrical schematic may come across as a confusing cluster of multicoloured lines and symbols of various shapes and sizes, which can be true, however they are much more than that. An electrical schematic is a logical representation of the physical connections and layout of an electric circuit. A well documented schematic outlines the functionality of an electric circuit and provides the basis for assembly and troubleshooting of a system. A schematic can contain few or many symbols and connections and is normally read from left to right, top to bottom. Symbols Symbols are quite literally the building blocks to any electrical schematic. Symbols are a pictorial representation of the electrical component and usually display their respective connection points. The two most…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 Converts DraftSight DWG/DXF to PDF Automatically

DraftSight to PDF Task

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2017 comes with some very useful new Tasks that can be big time savers for users.  One is the new DraftSight to PDF Task. This Task is able to convert DWG and DXF files to PDF format.  This requires that DraftSight Professional or Enterprise Pack be installed on the computer that runs the task. PLEASE NOTE:  This Task cannot work with the free version of DraftSight. Also, for the Task to complete, you MUST also disable the SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-in for DraftSight on the computer that runs the task. To import the DraftSight to PDF Task: Step 1. Right click on the vault name in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration program and select “Import…” Step 2.  Browse to the SOLIDWORKS PDM installation folder (probably located at C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS 2017\SOLIDWORKS PDM\) and go into the folder “Default Data”. In that folder, select the DraftSight_To_PDF_gb.cex file and click open. Step 3.  On the system…

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SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL 2015 Open with DraftSight

Some users love the intuitive feeling that smart technologies like SolidWorks brings to the table. However after years of drafting, seeing content in text, lines & circles, users develop some level of comfort with basic CAD packages. In 2015, SolidWorks Electrical bridges those two feelings of wanting new technology and simple CAD by offering an “Open with DraftSight” option on a simple right-click. This is just another way to edit symbols and similar content, if you still want to work through the SolidWorks Electrical package to edit content, it is available as a default feature. Changes made in DraftSight are then reflected in SolidWorks Electrical Package.

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DraftSight Community Support [VIDEO]

If you haven’t heard of DraftSight before, take this opportunity to learn more about this amazing free 2D CAD program that has been downloaded millions of times.  Read more about it at the following blog posts: http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2010/06/draftsight-a-new-free-2d-cad-product-is-now-available-to-download/ http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2010/10/draftsight-end-the-frustration/ http://www.javelin-tech.com/main/download/draftsight_dwg_2d_cad_software.htm DraftSight Community Once you’ve started using it, you may have some technical questions regarding the functionality.  Join the free DraftSight Community to access training videos, tutorials and the iQuestion forums.  The iQuestion database is filled with questions and answers by other users.  Post new questions to start additional topics.  Browse to swym.3ds.com to sign up for your free account. Below is a video providing instructions on how to access the iQuestion forums.

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Draftsight Add-in for SOLIDWORKS PDM

I was reading through the “What’s New” material for SOLIDWORKS PDM and I am excited to learn that there is a DraftSight SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-in available for running PDM inside of DraftSight. It does seem like you may require DraftSight Enterprise to give access to the API but the prices on that sound quite good from what I’ve heard and is likely well worth it for all the other benefits as well. DraftSight SOLIDWORKS PDM functionality: Here are the top three things it looks like you will be able to do from within the Draftsight application: Check in and out while the DWG is open Quickly toggle between earlier versions of the DWG Access the datacard directly and have that drive the titleblock By the looks of the DraftSight SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-in toolbar, you will have access to a variety of other tools as well.  With millions of DraftSight downloads it is quickly becoming an…

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Trouble Activating DraftSight? – Here is some info to help you along…

As a follow-up to Scott’s great article: What to do if your DraftSight installation has expired — I thought I should highlight another great resource PDF that the DraftSight Team had posted to help with activating DraftSight. March 2017 UPDATE: A new Critical Hotfix is now available for DraftSight The image below is a snapshot of a PDF flowchart that focuses on any issues activating DraftSight, and what settings are required if your IT department has employed security settings that are preventing you from activating DraftSight online.

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Has your DraftSight Installation Expired?

For those of you using DraftSight for all of your dwg/dxf needs (highly recommended over 2DEditor!), you may have noticed an expiration message recently.  If you haven’t opened the program recently or never knew how to solve this expiration message, the reason is that DraftSight was still in its Beta stage.  Beta1 expired and Beta2 was then released.  But now the Draftsight has just released the full version.  The solution is to simply uninstall your current version, then download and install the full general release.  You are able to download the installation files from here. Check out the following blog posts for more information about DraftSight: http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2010/06/draftsight-a-new-free-2d-cad-product-is-now-available-to-download/ http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2010/10/draftsight-end-the-frustration/

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Javelin is Moving

Yes, it’s true.  Javelin is moving.  On April 1st we will be operating out of brand spanking new offices at 3457 Superior Court in Oakville.  We are all very excited about the move and looking forward to the change since we have been at 700 Dorval Drive in Oakville since 1998.  Superior Court is located off Burloak in Oakville just south of the QEW.  Our new office is almost 12,000 square feet which is double the space that we have now. We have contracted with Style Construction for project management and On-Sight Design for design services. Frank, Penny and Wendy are all working hard to ensure that the build goes smooth.  The space that we have leased is flexSpace and it is the first development in the Great Lakes Business Park.  Our next door neighbors are Canadian Tire Financial. The space is brand new so we have had the pleasure…

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