Top 10 SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021 Enhancements

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Dassault Systèmes has launched <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS® 2021, the latest release of its portfolio of 3D design and manufacturing applications.

The <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Design portfolio contains both mechanical and electrical products.  <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Electrical products include Schematic and Electrical 3D products, which together enable an integrated electrical and mechanical design environment within <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS.

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic products help electrical engineers and designers with the logical design of electrical and control systems for equipment in almost all industries. Electrical 3D is typically used by mechanical engineers when designing electrical and electronics packaging, running cables, wires and harnessing, and developing documentation for manufacturing.

Uniting the two disciplines on the same database enables real-time coordination between electrical and mechanical engineers.

A multitude of improvements to <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021 products will benefit all users of Electrical Schematic and Electrical 3D products. The enhancements target specific areas in addition to the entire Schematic-to-3D electrical design workflows.

Schematic and 2D Improvements

Greater control of wire cable libraries improves the setup and preparation for work on new designs. Information included here is available throughout the entire electrical development process from design to manufacturing.

The new Electrical Terminal-type Manager now enables designers to determine which electrical terminals to use in a particular design. Designers can assign a particular terminal type for each terminal strip to ensure that each wire is properly connected. Wires that do not require end terminals (i.e., pigtails) can now be handled and fully documented in a project.

Electrical designers have long used Microsoft Excel® in conjunction with <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Electrical as a general planning tool to facilitate the early design process, before creating electrical schematics in <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Electrical. <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021 can now deliver an Excel add-in with templates for streamlined organization of data ready to import into <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic.

Electrical design projects now benefit from a new capability to archive electrical projects design data. This new archiver enables manual backup as needed, or the process can be scheduled in advance using Windows Task Scheduler.

Enhancements for Electrical 3D Design
3D electrical route modeling options are expanded in <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D with the addition of splines to create guide paths for auto routing wires in 3D. Users can now employ splines, lines, arcs, or converted curves to create route path sketches for electrical route paths in their products and equipment. Route path sketches provide greater flexibility in completing an overall 3D model of a product or equipment.

Most electrical wire, cable, and harness routes require mounting at regular intervals inside a product. With <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, now clips, mounts and other hardware used to secure these routes can contain multiple segments arranged inside the mounting hardware. Multiple segments enable arrangement of wires, cables, and harness segments in various configurations inside a clip without the need of multiple guide axis. This enhancement improves productivity where greater positional control of wires is required.

<span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021 improves the overall workflow from schematic to 3D to manufacturing documentation. Greater control over creating libraries for coverings, terminals, interconnections, and accessories

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