SOLIDWORKS Electrical Fast Tips Part 2: Black Box Feature, Edit Attributes & Report Filters

Find these must-know tips and tricks to transform your workflow in your electrical projects. Set to a fun and fan-favorite baseball theme! This is Part 2, and the final part, to our series on the tech blog. Find Part 1 on interface configuration, 2D footprints and row marking.

GSC’s SOLIDWORKS Electrical Tips & Tricks: How to Hit It Out of the Park

Pitcher winding up his throw.SOLIDWORKS Electrical enables you to make last minute changes, to easily retain symbols for re-use, and to conveniently finalize reports. Like the deciding moments of a game, your moves in your workflow are strategic. Team managers do everything they can – whether we’re talking baseball or electrical engineering – to give their team the chance to win.

So use these tools to your advantage – have those one-time or permanent symbols set up in your library through the Black Box Feature. Make last minute changes and still have your design lineup laid out perfectly through Edit Attributes. Filter your reports to trim out unnecessary information. Learn these tips and tricks in the following sections, 4 through 6!

If you missed our other videos, find Video 1, Video 2 or Video 3 on our YouTube channel.

4. Black Box Feature & Manual Parts – Off Season Additions

For teams in the off season, the evaluation has to be made: are we ready to win now or are we piling up young talent? In a win-now mode, teams are looking to plug in veteran talent that may only be useful for that year to try to push them over the edge.

Sometimes the team unearths a gem, and that player turns into a long-term solution with a contract extension. In SOLIDWORKS Electrical we can build one-time symbols for use in a project using the black box feature, and if needed make those one-time additions a permanent fixture on your roster…or library.

Watch now to see how the black box feature can be used to your advantage.

5. Edit Attributes – Late Game Substitutions

The deciding moments of a game often end in a chess match. Managers look for every possible edge in the closing innings to give their team the best chance to win. Pitcher versus batter data is crunched to get the perfect pitcher on the mound, the batting team counters by ensuring lefty / righty matchups are accounted for and defensive specialists find the field to cover as much territory as possible. Players are shifted to the most likely areas the balls will be hit, and pinch runners are put in play to squeeze a few milliseconds off the time to traverse the base paths.

Similarly, SOLIDWORKS Electrical lets you make last minute changes on the fly to get your design lineup laid out perfectly. See how Edit Attributes lets you organize your unique needs quickly. Easily manage what information is shown and where, all with the Edit Attributes menu.

Part 6: Report Filters, AND/OR, & Group Statements – Sent to the Minors

The pre-work put in during Spring Training has had a drastic effect on the season we’re in. One of the most important aspects was getting a look at promising young players. In some cases, those players were better served by spending some time in the minors to work out the kinks in their game. Let’s see how SOLIDWORKS Electrical lets you pick who makes it to the Big Show, and who gets sent to the minors for a stretch until a future callup!

Filters let us trim out the information in our reports with an easy-to-create set of conditions. You can group conditions to make your filter act in proper order on the Project’s data set so you get the results you need without getting into custom queries.

This blog is authored by Evan Stanek, GSC’s Electrical Applications Engineer. Evan enjoys helping customers realize the time-savings SOLIDWORKS Electrical can provide. He has over 10 years of experience as an Electrical Engineer. Prior to GSC, he worked as an engineer in the broadcasting field designing panel layouts and schematics/installations for transmitter control systems. He also has experience designing network and control layouts for radio studios. Evan is a certified SOLIDWORKS Electrical Trainer and Electrical Applications Engineer (CSWE). He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Evan is a regular contributor to the GSC blog, available at


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