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SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D - Exercise #03

This exercise allows you to manipulate the content of the 2D file created from the 3D layout. It is based on the previous one, if you did not complete the Exercise #02, you can download the electrical project file. Unarchive it in SOLIDWORKS Electrical.


Download electrical project


Creating 2D views and inserting into drawings

Creating Project Drawing

Creating 2D views and inserting into a 2D file

Generate the 2D views, incorporating the following elements:


Drilling table

List of components

 Component report



1. The command to generate the file to create a drawing is available in the SOLIDWORKS Electrical tab in the Ribbons menu.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D menu: Create 2D drawing


SOLIDWORKS Electrical creates an empty draft file, using the dimensions of the title block settings in the electrical project configuration.



2. Insert the front view.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical uses SOLIDWORKS commands to build the draft. The right dockable panel displays an additional tab showing all the available views.


3. Select the front view and insert it in the draft sheet and cancel the supplementary views.

4. Insert the bill of materials.

The bill of materials used in the draft is the BOM managed by SOLIDWORKS. It is a bill of parts and not an equipment report, such as one might have under SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic.

The command to insert a bill of materials is available in the menu: Insert > Tables > Bill of Materials.  

Select the front view. In the left dockable panel, select Bom-standard as the template bill of materials. The settings will not be changed.


5. Modify the bill of material from the model.

As mentioned earlier in this chapter, SOLIDWORKS Electrical uses the SOLIDWORKS bill of materials. This is mainly done to meet mechanical drawing requirements. It now needs to be adapted.

Delete the Material column. Using the column property edit commands, modify the Part number column and display the manufacturer part in its place and add the Manufacturer column.


6. Insert item number balloons into the front view.

Select the AutoBalloons command in the Annotation tab in the Ribbons menu. In the insertion settings, check the Ignore multiple instances box. In the front view properties, ensure that the balloons are correctly linked to the bill of materials.


7. Insert the hole table view.

Insert the back view and select it to edit its properties. To fill in the hole table correctly, you must hide the door components. In the properties of the view, click on the More properties button. Select the Hide/Show components tab, then click on the three door components to add them to the selection.

The command to insert the hole table is available in the menu: Insert > Tables > Hole Table. Select the angle (bottom left corner of the door) to define the origin of the dimensions. Then select the three holes.

Validate and insert the table in the graphical area.



Creating Project Drawing

1. Generate the SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2D drawing from SOLIDWORKS 2D file previously realized.


SOLIDWORKS Electrical Drawing menu: Create Project Drawing


The drawing is automatically added to the electrical project.



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