18 Aug Schematic Symbol Customization
in SOLIDWORKS Electrical
SOLIDWORKS Electrical provides you with a library that’s full of symbols, but if you want to customize a symbol of your own or even builds an entire library of custom symbols is the real challenge. This blog will show you how to efficiently customize your SOLIDWORKS Electrical symbols.
There are three primary elements that you need to consider when you’re building a schematic symbol.
2D CAD that gives the symbol its appearance.
Defining the circuits and connection points for the symbol to get the “electrical intelligence” required for the time saving automation available in SOLIDWORKS Electrical schematics
To consider attributes which enable automated labelling of the symbol based on manufacturer’s part, component and mark information.
There are few ways to build a symbol that can be added to the SOLIDWORKS Electrical symbol library:
- Build a symbol from scratch in any 2D CAD environment, export it as a .dwg file, import it into the SOLIDWORKS Electrical symbol library, then define circuit, connection point and attribute information.
- Build a symbol from scratch using the SOLIDWORKS Electrical symbol editor by drawing the 2D CAD then defining circuit, connection point and attribute information.
- Reuse an existing symbol from any 2D CAD or Schematic software by saving it as a .dwg file and importing it into the SOLIDWORKS Electrical symbol library, then defining circuit, connection point and attribute definition.
These are all valid and very useful ways to create custom symbols or symbols that don’t exist in your library. There may be a few more methods as well. One thing that all of these methods have in common, however, is that they all require you to define at least one of the primary elements of the symbol completely from scratch. If you consider that your symbol library has thousands pre-defined, ready-to-use symbols by default, you can realize a more efficient way to create a custom symbol or symbol library than the methods described above. If there is a symbol in your library that’s close to what you need, but not quite right, copy it from the existing symbol library and modify it based on your needs. The copy and modify method has the potential to save you a ton of time by recycling 2D CAD, circuit and connection point definition and attributes. Plus, once you modified a symbol to meet your needs you can save it as part of your library. Ready to go whenever you need it.
The image below shows an Emergency Stop button symbol in the symbol editor and used in a circuit with manufacturers part and mark attributes displayed. Once you’ve created a custom symbol, it can be permanently added to your library and used whenever you need it.
Customization of Symbol