SolidWorks Electrical simplifies electrical system design with intelligent design tools, a comprehensive parts database, and real-time integration between 2D schematics and 3D models.

The major components of SOLIDWORKS Electrical are:

  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic – Tools for 2D dynamic electrical schematic creation.
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D – Tools to integrate 2D schematics with 3D models, so you can model electrical systems in 3D, including cables and wires.
  • Data – A database of parts, symbols, libraries, and catalogues that can be shared by users.
  • Collaborative Server – A utility to manage the opening and updating of electrical drawings.
  • An instance of the Microsoft SQL Server database.

You can install all SOLIDWORKS Electrical components on the same machine. This installation is typically regarded as a stand-alone install. All program data, such as project drawings and reports, are stored on a single system.

You can also install the SOLIDWORKS Electrical components as a client/server application. This installation is required when data must be stored on a network server, or where there is an existing SQL Server database on a network server that stores all the SOLIDWORKS Electrical databases. In these cases, full administrative rights are required on both the server and client systems. Also, client systems must have network access to the server and read/write privileges for creating projects, libraries, and symbols.


Electrical Standalone Installation

  1. After acquiring the SolidWorks installation file via the Customer Portal -> Downloads and Updates, Right click the ‘setup’ file and select Run as Administrator.
  2. When the installation manager pops up, you will start on the Welcome page. Select Individual (on this computer) if it is a new installation or Modify the individual installation (on this computer) if you are adding to an existing one.

SolidWorks Electrical, Standalone Installation Guide

3. Click ‘Next’ and the following screen you will come to will let you input your serial numbers for your various SOLIDWORKS products.

A SolidWorks Electrical Schematic serial number is usually only required where SolidWorks is not being installed. (If the SOLIDWORKS and Electrical serial numbers are the same, only use the SOLIDWORKS 3D design section). If you have a different SOLIDWORKS Electrical Serial number, expand the Electrical Design section and input your serial numbers.

SolidWorks Electrical, Standalone Installation Guide

4. Product selection tab gives you the options to turn on the products that you are entitled to. The below image has the appropriate boxes selected for a Standalone install of SolidWorks Electrical with the end user machine being the SQL server host.

5. Click ‘Next’ to go to the Summary Here you can click the ‘CHANGE’ button to alter any products selected or specify different installation locations.

6. Select ‘CHANGE’ next to Electrical Options to see how electrical will be installed. Here you can specify server SQL name and data location and all other settings can be local. You can Install a new instance of SQL Server and accept the default settings. (If it is an upgrade and you already have an existing electrical instance, select the Use an existing SQL Server database option and insert the name of the database along with the authentication method).*IT IS RECOMMENDED TO KEEP THE AUTOGENERATED PASSWORD BUT IF YOU DO WISH TO CHANGE IT, PLEASE MAKE SURE THIS IS KEPT ON FILE*

7. Click on ‘Back to Summary’ and in the next screen accept the terms of the SolidWorks. Then click ‘Install Now’ or ‘Modify Now’ to start the installation.

SolidWorks Electrical, Standalone Installation Guide

Enjoy the software and if you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact us for support.


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