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Creation Of Connectors In Library Of SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Creating a Connector in SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL SCHEMATICS and customizing the connectors according to our requirement. And it can be added in the schematic diagrams for connectors.

        Creation of Connectors has few steps to follow once the Connectors is created, we can able to use the same Connector specifications for connections in the SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL SCHEMATICS diagrams.

STEP 1

  • To create the Connectors first it must store in the library. Once it is created it will always present inside library unless until it is manually deleted
  • To create Connectors as shown in the below image first must go to Library-> Manufacturer part management.

STEP 2 -Manufacturer part management

  • Once the above points done.
  • Manufacturer part management will consist of more number classifications(folders). In which all components are separated and kept in a different folder.
  • Once Connector folder is selected. Only Connector related manufacturer will be shown at the right side of the manufacturer part management tab
  • With the option ADD MANUFACTURER PART is selected new Connector can be added. And details to be filled in a different tab.

STEP 3 - New Connector details adding

  • Once the above points done.
  •  A Manufacturer part properties tab will be opened.
  • In this section three options will be present PROPERTIES, USER DATA, CIRCUIT TERMINALS
  • In the properties tab details like reference and manufacturer should be filled compulsory and scrolling down the tab there will be another few specifications like height, weight, frequencies, supplier name etc…to be filled manually which are optional.

STEP 4 - Specifications of Circuit, Terminal

  • With continuation of above points
  • Third option is the CIRCUIT, TERMINAL option where the circuit types can be added
  •  At the top circuit, terminal option will be present near to the properties tab.
  • In this tab, circuits can be added with ADD option.
  • If multiple circuits to be added that can be done with ADD MULTIPLE option as shown in the image below

STEP 5 - ADD MULTIPLE CIRCUITS

  • As shown in the image below multiple circuits can be added in a easy and fast way.
  • All circuits type are present in the scroll down. Based on our requirement circuits can be selected.

STEP 6 - CONNECTOR PINS ADDED

  • As shown in the image below all pins added using multiple add option.
  • Once it is added every pin terminal marks have to be assigned manually

STEP 7 - Connector Insertion

  • Once the manufacturer in created for male pin and female pin it can be inserted in the schematics page.
  • As shown in the below image in the schematics and insert connector options we can able to select the connectors.

STEP 8 - Manufacturer selection

  • Then a manufacturer part selection tab will be opened where manufacturer can be associated based on our requirement of circuit and terminal.
  • In library a newly added manufacturer will be selected and added.
  • There are filter options and classification type filters and more options will be present. So, manufacturers can be easily selected with correct circuit and terminal.

STEP 9 - Component insertion and wire selection

  • Once above points are done component can be inserted and wire can be selected and inserted.
  • Wires can be inserted in single wise or multiple wise by increasing the number of lines at the left side and spaces also can be adjusted.

Summary

  • With these above-mentioned points we can able to create a Connector in a solidworks electrical and connect wires between the components.
  • Once these points are completed new Connector created will be present in solidworks electrical library.

Structure System In SOLIDWORKS

        SOLIDWORKS has long been acknowledged as the industry standard for modelling welded frames and their components. While using Weldment, we required a 2D Sketch, 3D Sketch or a combination of both.

        The SOLIDWORKS Structure System in SOLIDWORKS 2019 makes it possible to finish this procedure even more rapidly. With the help of sketch entity, point, reference plane, and surface requirements. we can create and modify structural members of different profiles in a single feature.

CREATE STRUCTURE SYSTEM

        The Structure System mode is activated for developing the primary and secondary members.

There are two structural members in the structure system.

  • Primary structural member.
  • Secondary structural member.

PRIMARY STRUCTURAL MEMBER

Including members for the sketch entity, point, reference plane, and surface requirements are possible.

Create required sketch entities, plane and axis for a primary structural member.

Use the following techniques to generate the primary structure members:

        selecting the required edge, point, or sketch entities, then define the primary member structure's profile standard, type, and size.

SECONDARY STRUCTURAL MEMBER

Secondary structural members offer the improved option of adding members between two primary structural members.

Use the following techniques to generate the secondary structure members:

        Select the required two primary structural members, Choose the secondary member type then define the profile standard, type, and size for the secondary member structure.

        Once creating a secondary structural member, Exit the structural system.

        After exiting the structure system corner management will be open for the treatment of the corner of the structure system.

CORNER MANAGEMENT

The Corner Management Property Manager has launched automatically after you exit the structure system. Corners in the Property Manager are classified based on the number of members that meet at a point and the type of joint.

        In corner management, we use the following techniques to modify the corners of the structure system.

SimpleThe point at which the ends of two members come together and the segments become collinear.
ComplexThe point at which more than three members connect.

Editing Simple corners

In the corner grouping, select the corner to treat and set the needed corner treatment type.

Trimming the complex corners

In the corner grouping, select the corner to treat and set the required trim order on the corner treatment type.

Patterning and mirroring the structure members

Using the Linear Pattern, Circular Pattern, and Mirror tools, you may pattern and mirror structure system parts.

        In the Pattern Property Manager, under Bodie’s selection, you can specify structure system features or individual members to the pattern. You can also mirror members by specifying structure system features or individual members under Bodies to Mirror in the Mirror Property Manager.

CONCLUSION

The structural member can be created faster and more easily with the SOLIDWORKS Structure system than it can with welding. In this presentation, the SOLIDWORKS Structure system was discussed. I believe you now have a more advantageous choice.

SOLIDWORKS Imported Model File Size Reduction

ARTICLE

This tech tip explains how to use three easy methods to minimize the file size of an imported electrical component in SOLIDWORKS.

Let's face it: we live in a three-dimensional world. This reality also applies to electrical design, which is primarily done in 2D design programs like SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic. On paper, a symbol could be brief and little, but when it's fastened to a frame, it becomes meaningful. When really strung out in an assembly, a wire that is only sketched a few inches on a print can be many meters long.

IMPORTED FILE EXAMPLE

Additional tools are needed to capture an electrical design, such as SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D. To get the most out of the software, precise 3D models of all electrical components are required. These models are usually straight out of the factory, but there's a catch: the file format is almost certainly neutral, similar to IGES, STEP, or Parasolid.

There may be some issues with this, particularly in relation to file size. Your assemblies may get significantly heavier if you import model files directly. As an illustration, consider the time I just spent looking through a parts catalog for a CompactLogix PLC controller. I downloaded the model after finding what I required.

Here's what I obtained:

This STEP file has to be smaller

SOLIDWORKS File Size Reduction

To minimize the file size of an imported model in SOLIDWORKS, follow these three steps:

Step 1: Save as. SLDPRT.

The neutral file that a manufacturer provides frequently includes an entire assembly instead of just a part file, depending on the manufacturer. However, we intend to buy this rather than assemble it. I always say, one part number, one file! Therefore, the first thing to do is to save our assembly as a part file in order to simplify it:

When the imported assembly is open, select File > Save As and enter "Part (*.prt, *. sldprt)" in the "Save as Type" field. Unless you adore surface bodies, make sure you choose "Exterior components" or "All components" for "Geometry to Save."

File size as of right now: 364 KB

STEP 2: Combine All the Bodies

There are a lot of distinct bodies in this part file, which is an improvement. The functionality of our SOLIDWORKS assemblies can still be significantly impacted by these. We can use the Combine feature to combine all the solids into a single body, further simplifying the process!

File size as of right now: 276 KB

STEP 3: Export & Re-Import

To continue moving forward, this sounds a lot like taking two steps back, doesn't it? However, there are instances in which it's actually quite helpful to import a file again. A file loses its feature history when it is exported to a neutral file format. Because of this, the file becomes less complex and smaller in size.

File size as of right now: 273 KB

It is highly recommended to save a file as a Parasolid file type when exporting a file in this manner. The Parasolid modelling kernel, upon which SOLIDWORKS is based, virtually eliminates the possibility of anything breaking. Reimport the file after it has been exported by choosing File>Open in SOLIDWORKS and navigating to the file. The new low file size indicates that the new part file has only one straightforward body.

Final File

Final File Size: 133 KB

We were able to convert a 364KB file that would have caused performance issues in our electrical assemblies into a much smaller, more manageable 133 KB file in just three easy steps. What an alteration!

We could actually take it a step further if we so desired. The file size would be further reduced by decreasing the number of external faces and edges a model has (by removing text and filling the hollow interior with a solid). But the modelling process would be much more involved, and you would not get much return on your time investment.

Types Of Meshing In SOLIDWORKS

1D MESHING:

• Used for geometries having one of the dimensions very large in comparison to rest of the two (Refer fig.1).

•Element Shape: Line (Refer fig.2)

•Element Type: Rod, beam, Pipe etc,.

•Practical Example: Long shaft, beam, pin joint, Connection elements. In solidworks, We use beam element for 1D meshing. Beam elements are capable of resisting axial, bending, shear, and torsional loads.

2D MESHING

•Used for geometries having two of the dimensions very large in comparison to last dimension.

•Element shape: Triangle

•Element type: Thin shell, membrane, plate.

•Practical application: Sheet metal parts, Plastic components like instrument panel

3D MESHING

•Used for all 3D objects.

•Element shape in solidworks: Tetragonal.

•Element type: Solid

•Practical application: Gear Box, Engine Block, Crankshaft.

Appropriate meshing:

You can mesh a sheetmetal part with Solid tetrahedral element but meshing a sheetmetal with shell element gives you approximate result and reduce computational effort which will be handy for any simulation engineer. likewise, you should mesh a beam or rod using beam  element.

Solidworks Interference Detection

This is a short blog about the benefits of using SOLIDWORKS interference detection. this is very powerful tool when creating with moving parts and components in assemblies,

We would be analyzing component interferences found within the assembly interference,

Detection analyzes geometry and identifies overlapping components within a basic 

Assembly.

So, having a tool that can do this job is greatly beneficial interference detection is found within “Evaluate tab”

click Tools > Evaluate > Interference Detection 

Interference deduction tool tab

It is usually easy to see interferences but sometimes it can be difficult to

determine,

By default, the selected component will be assembly. You can delete it by right-clicking on the

name of the assembly and selecting Delete. To select new parts, click on the desired area in the

Graphics window. 

In this situation, the components have been overlapped

Overlapped component

How we can solve this kind of problem??

we will have the option to calculate interferences within the entire assembly or specify

components.

We will calculate the entire component we can see that the two interferences,

The interference detection makes both components interfering transparent and Highlights the overlapping volumes make it easy to see since I made this assembly 

Highlighted component

We know that there is a distance made between the two interferences

Interfering Components that we need to address even if I did not know this using the view

mates Tool can be a quick way to list all the mates associated with that component

View Mates option

Edit coincidence mate

We will increase the dimension around check the interference, again as you can see there Are no longer any interference this joint will be able to rotate.

Edit distance mate

We had easy to change the distance and the overlapping issues have been resolved.

Results Section

Interference deduction was great for static interferences when it comes to dynamic

Collisions we need to use a different tool the move component command contains a

Collision detection feature will check collisions between all components.

interference detection can be useful to ensure that the component has the desired level of

motion.

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