Has anyone tried using Solidworks Electrical for Hydraulic or Pneumatic circuit drawing and 3D routing?
Please share related training manual or any other content if available
I use SWE for hydraulics regularly. I'm not aware of any specific manual or other training material - it generally works the same way you would do electrical, except you call the wires 'hoses'.
It is not as friendly toward hydraulics as it is for electrical for a few reasons...
1. Connections just don't work the same between the two worlds. In electrical, wire goes into component, easy. In hydraulics, there are often fittings between the hose and a component -- hose ends, elbows, etc. -- so that needs to be taken into consideration in the schematic, which can be tricky.
2. Every tee, wye and cross must be placed as a part in the schematic --- electrical WILL try to route multiple hoses into one port.
3. Hydraulic schematics are color coded differently, so a single part number hose, used for multiple functions (i.e. pressure, return and pilot), will not easily be colored three different ways - you need to set up one hose 3 times to have different line styles for these three functions.
4. Hoses are less forgiving when they're an inch too long/short. Generally wires can be a few extra inches and no problem, but if a hose is 3 extra inches, it can bind up and cause issues on install...SWE is good, but not that good. I have yet to get a perfect hose list, but we get pretty close, and we waste a lot less hose now with better estimates.
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