Text, hatching, images, blocks, and dimensions are all important tools that helps us add detail to our projects.
In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, one of the most often used tabs is the Draw tab. It’s essential to understand the basic tools available to you, so you can design and detail your schematics with ease.
Let’s get you familiarised with the Draw tab.
In the creation section we can find all the tools to create sketch entities such as lines, circles, rectangles, arcs, etc. These tools are typical of any 2D CAD software.
It is worth highlighting the difference between lines and polylines - they can create the same shapes after all…
With the Line command, the objects are made up of individual segments, while the Polyline tool creates one combined entity.
Another difference is the thickness. For a polyline we can change the thickness using the field Global Width. For a line we need to use the Line Weight option.
The Cloud tool can be used to leave notes on the drawing or to highlight circuits. It’s commonly used as a markup to indicate to the designer that a review is required.
A hatch can be easily drawn on the scheme in a few clicks. We’ll leave you in the capable hands of the Hatch Wizard to guide you through this one – choose your type, pattern, angle, and scale of hatch.
The Wipeout allows to hide part of the drawing.
To hide the Wipeout border line, we need to turn off the Wipeout option in the drawing parameters.
Deselect the option Show Wipeout Frames.
The Attach Image command creates a hyperlink between the project and the image location.
Common image formats are supported, but if the image is moved into a new folder, the hyperlink will be broken, and the image won’t be shown in the drawing.
With SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2023, the Insert Image command has been enhanced now supports the insertion of common image formats including JPEG and PNG formats. Previous versions only supported DIB and BMP images.
Images that are inserted rather than attached will be saved within the project, so you can move those files around if needed without breaking any links.
SOLIDWORKS Electrical allows us to add text boxes to drawings through 3 commands: Add Text, Multiline Text and Attribute.
The first two allow us to add basic strings of text to our schemes. In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, attributes are used to propagate electrical project data in graphical objects.
The Hyperlink tool allows the user to create links to external information, including data sheets and your company website. The hyperlinks also carry through to the smart PDF output.
Check out our other blog to learn how to create and link data sheets in SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
If you have a complex set of entities that you commonly use but don’t want to have to draw again, then the Create Block and Insert Block commands can help.
These commands save drawn entities as block files to help you manage and build up a library of graphical entities for re-use in future projects.
In the Dimension section we can find various tools for dimensioning drawings. Text size can be modified in the right-hand property panel, and the dimension style can be redefined in Modify Tab > Dimension Styles, for all future uses of the tool.
Commonly, the tools located in the Annotation section are used for cabinet layouts because they help to finish to detail the drawing adding balloons and text leaders.
The Multilingual command allows us to insert a multiline text box, where each line is written in a different language.
The Draw tab contains all the commands you need to generate title blocks, symbols, 2D footprints and more.
Do note that the graphical entities placed with these commands are not managed in the electrical project database and are meant for graphical purposes only.
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