It's the local SparkEE here back again for another installment of the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Blog. Today we are going to discuss how to create a wire scheme that suits your application. This is done by adding different groups and wires within those groups. It is recommended that you have one wire style for every different type of wire available on the shop floor, this way schematics done within SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be as accurate as possible.
Start by opening the wiring manager
Once in the wiring manager, there are a few choices of where to start off. First let's create a new wiring group. For this choose the "Add a numbering group" button on the left side of the ribbon. Now to create the group.
Select the number of your group
The new group has been added. By default a new wire style has also been added to this group. Now to set the properties of this new group. Right Click on Group 3 and select properties.
Once in the properties window, enter in a description and choose the wire numbering scheme options that are desired. Close out of this window and go back to the Wire Style properties window.
Once back in the Wire Style properties window, right click on the newly created wire in the new group and go to properties for that wire. You will see the window below. Once here enter in all pertinent information for the type of wire that you are going to be adding including; color, how you would like the wire displayed, the equipotential and wire formula, and the physical information of the wire. Once done entering data, remembering that the more data entered in the front end of the software the more is available for reporting and displaying, close the window.
Repeat this process for as many wires and groups as you would like to add to your wire style manager
IMPORTANT!! Wire styles are saved per project, so it is pertinent for you to add wire styles in an empty project and create a template for later re-use.
Remember YOU CONDUIT! (thank goodness I never went into comedy)
By: Clare Schaeffer, Electrical Product Manager