How do I download/install SolidWorks Electrical 2016? The only downloads from solidworks.com are for the SolidWorks product suite.
Do you've SOLIDWORKS Premium version OR have you bought SWE separately?
In either case use SOLIDWORKS IM to install SWE
I have both SW Premium and SWE Professional
SW IM does not provide SWE installation as an option
You need to pick server products in SOLIDWORKS IM to install SWE but make sure that you follow the prerequisite for it.
Would this be true, even if I have an individual license (not server)?
Yes, you system will become the server for SWE.
SWE always requires a server, since is SQL-based (the server is going to be the service that provides the centralized data for SWE to work with, AKA SQL database). When installing a standalone SWE license, the server is going to be the same computer by default (and convenience, so it would be able to work properly even if you change locations).
I see that. Thank you all for the help.
Is SWE compatible with SoldiWorks PDM since it is loading a local database on my machine?
I believe SWE is available as a network license, correct? Where would it locate the SQL database - on the server or still on the local installed machine? Would the network version be compatible with SolidWorks PDM, either workgroup or Professional?
Check the install guides here: 2016 SOLIDWORKS Installation Help - Requirements for Installing SOLIDWORKS Electrical
Yes, SWE is compatible with PDM. PDM and SWE will use different SQL databases so it won't create conflicts.
Yes, SWE is available as a network license aswell. If you have a Network License for SWE you can choose where to install the database. Arguably, if you have a network license you would rather have a central location for all data, so that every machine with SWE has access to the same data at all times.
Yes, SWE Electrical would be compatible with both SolidWorks PDM Standard and Professional (Workgroup won't exist anymore from 2018 and onwards).
So if I read you comments correctly, I would have to manage my electrical data in one SQL server instance and my mechanical in a separate one.
Please confirm this assessment.
If I need the mechanical parts (enclosure, etc) I will need to get them from within PDM. The electrical content (rails, switches, controllers, etc.,) where I want to leverage the 2D schematic capability are available in SWE and retained in the SWE database. So, in a drawing for the shop floor, the electrical wiring installation would be from SWE, but the mechanical would be from PDM.
If I pre-drill the back panel for the enclosure, would I generate that in SWE and do a drawing from there?
Let me try to shed some light in how PDM and SWE use SQL-Server, so that your questions go away.
PDM uses two servers: Archive Server and Database Server. The Archive server holds all the files within the vault (could be any kind of file, SLDPRT/ASM/DRW, SWE files, Excel/Word Files, etc); The database server is used to stored the metadata (workflow, transitions, permisions, project structures, user, etc).
SWE uses SQL to store the information about the electrical connections that you are making, such information can be wires origin/destination, wire voltage, component marks, etc. E.G.: Contactor K1 is conected to Breaker Q1 (single line diagram) or K1:u (the u phase of K1) is conected to Q1:u. When you create a schematic in SWE 2D, you are using an interface to populate the project's database and, at the same time, producing the documentation you need (electrical drawings). SWE 3D reads this database and detects what components are connections must be made within the project and creates SolidWorks Assembly Files (SLDASM), also it can provide data to the projects database such as cable lenght. For this to happen the SWE 3D component (which start as an ordinary SLDPRT file, lets say a breaker) needs to have routing points that have an specific nomenclature to make sure SWE 3D can make the cross-match with the projects database. But at the end, SWE files are either SWE Drawings (or PDF exports) and regular SW Files.
Both SQL databases are kept as separate instances, so there can't be conflicts. But that deosn't mean you need to have two PDM Vaults to manage your electrical and mechanical data separately. You can have all your data stored in one vault without a single issue. in fact there's an option to have your SWE-PDM connection set-up from within SWE Schematics (PDM Pro required though).
Does this explanation cleared things for you?
If you still have questions, please ask!
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