From time to time users must create customized symbols from scratch within SolidWorks Electrical. The following tutorial will outline the tips and tricks to getting the right results faster for user customized symbols.
Choose the Library tab within SolidWorks Electrical then choose Symbols Manager
Once the Symbols Manager is open choose New to create a new symbol.
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Fill in the Symbol Properties according to the requirements for the Symbol you are creating
**Tip, if you are creating a symbol to exclusively represent one manufacturers part number, be sure to add that information in when you create the symbol.
Here is a description of attributes that can accompany a user symbol
Symbol Name: Name of the Symbol in the Electrical Library
Root Mark: Desired Root Mark that will be automatically generated when this symbol is placed
Description: Describes the symbol, this is one of many searchable categories
Associated macro: This will select System Macros that will be correlated to the symbol
Manufacturer: Manufacturer, if relevant, for the symbol being created
Part: Part number, if relevant, for the symbol being created
Symbol Type: There are several different Symbol categories that a new symbol can be classified in
Line diagram symbols
Black box symbols
Symbols to draw terminal strip
Symbols for cross references
Symbols for PLC card drawing
Unit System : Metric or Imperial
**Tip, Keep all symbols the same unit system in your library. If this is not done, symbols have the potential to be 20 times bigger or smaller than they are meant to be.
Once the Symbol attributes have been entered click “OK” to create the new Symbol
Double Click the new symbol in the Symbols Manager to open up the Drawing Space Associated with the newly created Symbol.
Right click in the lower right corner of the screen to set up the Drawing parameters
Set drawing parameters as shown in the screen below.
**Tip, all native SolidWorks electrical Symbols are created on a quarter inch grid
Create the necessary geomerty using the Drawings tab in SolidWorks Electrical
Once the Geometry is complete, select the Edit Symbol tab
Choose either Multiple connection points or connection point as the requirements of the symbol dictate
Click the green plus sign for number of required circuits, make sure that Circuit type, number of circuits, number of terminals, and information all have the desired information in them.
**Tip, circuit type MUST match that of the corresponding Manufacturer Part(s) that will be associated with this symbol, else there will be connection issues down the line.
Inset the connection points on to your geometry. The left panel will tell you which circuit connection point you are currently placing. To switch the orientation of the connection point right click and the orientation will change.
Hit the Save button, congratulations you are now done creating you new symbol.
Open up an appropriate scheme to test out your new symbol.