Obviously SW isn't great with 2d which is somewhat understandable. But with
any machine design you have some sort of wiring that needs to be documented.
So are we supposed to bite the bullet and buy AutoCad also just to do
diagrams or is there a better solution.
My first thought is a 3D sketch with some shape of sweep, but I've never
tried to do a harness in SW, so it's just a guess. I used to be in charge of
wiring harnesses, etc. on combines & tractors, but that was 2D with Cadkey.
With Visio installed, you can "insert" a schematic, wiring diagram, etc
right in to a SolidWorks drawing. I'll admit to not having used it for
production (we have AutoCAD already), but I played with it a bit. The
advantages are single-window integration with SolidWorks, you use your
standard drawing templates, and it's saved as a SolidWorks drawing. Worth a
look if you have to buy SOMETHING.
Thank you all. We currently are using AutoCAD the problem is we only have
one seat, which we use to update the archive drawings and such since we only
have one seat it is kindof annoying because if one of us needs to make an
electrical schematic we have to jump computers or try to decifer someone's
chicken scratch. It would be much easier if we could just get an addin.
Maybe a network liscense of AutoCad is in order.
Why don't you try to find Intellicad? It reads and writes directly to
DWG format, and at least one version of it was free. I think the latest
versions may be some nominal cost (like $199 or something). If what
you're using for AutoCAD isn't the very latest then I think the files
would probably open in Intellicad.
Corey Scheich wrote:
We use Visio Professional (or whatever is it called now... Visio 2003?) and
find it to be rather nice. Wiith the "pro" version you get added sybols for
electronics and hydraulics, and most symbols have several configurations to
get what you need.
But sadly, we also have years worth of AutoCAD files as well, and were are
not going to redo them in Visio. But for all new diagrams and schematics,
we are using Visio Professional.
Absolutely! Your current seat should be upgradable to a network
float. We implemented this at my last job and we saved a bundle -
used the savings to get solidworks seats.
I also recommend the use of autocad LT for pure 2D, which is a great
value, and unless one needs a data translator or a 3rd part app, is
very equivilent to "real" autocad for a fraction of the price (this is
the best kept secret in cad in my mind).
My take on wiring (not even worth 2 cents)-
-Modeling wires in 3D is INSANE and WASTEFUL!
-Visio pro might be a great tool
-Schematics are well generated with something like P-cad, if
available, having a real EE doing the work helps immensely.
-Pictorials with wire run lists (from-to-via) in a 2D like ACAD with
digital photos to help can work well.
-Digital pix in word plus run tables (no cad at all) are another
-Make what an electronics technician needs, not a mechanical designer.
Who is the audience (end user)? Fit their needs.
-Vanilla SolidWorks is not the tool to use for this sort of work (you
already have see this). To a man with a hammer every problem a nail .
. . (grin)
Schematic show what to wire - pictorials show how to wire.
to your question - What do we use?
P-CAD schematic + Autocad pictorial + wire run list + word + digital
photo, blended as needed to suit the given application.