Learn how to use the wire tool to wire up our schematic once the electrical components have been placed.
- [Instructor] To start wiring up my schematic is a fairly simple process. I just navigate over to the home tab, and I have the wire command here. So, I'll just click on the wire, and then I just click wherever I'd like to start my wire, and click again for the second point as well. Notice as I hover over any pins or connection points, it should show me this x becoming a little bit larger, and a red x there, and that's just indicating to me that there is a electrical connection point there, which I'm good to go on this pin 17 here.
And, so I can click once to start, here you can see my wire coming in, throwing whatever location I may want. In this case, just gonna go up to my next electrical connection point on my resistor component here. Click again, and now I have a very simple straight wire here within my schematic, and similarly can finish off some of the components here. So, you can see I stay in my wire command once I've started it, and that's 'cause generally you're gonna be doing a whole bunch of wiring all at once.
And, once you've gotten used to it, it's quite a quick process as you can see here. And then, once you want to end your wire command, you just wanna hit that escape key again to jump out of the wiring command there. Notice you can also connect some wires to each other, and you're gonna see a node here, so if I want to connect to this wire to the other, I just wanna make sure I'm clicking directly on that wire, and then you can see my node coming in, showing that there is, in fact, electrical connection there.
If I were to just cross the wire without clicking directly on it, notice that's gonna look a little bit different, as here we're just having a electrical wire crossing, and you can see that there's no actual electrical connection as there's no node given. And, for any wire now I may not want, I can just click on it, move it around, or delete, hit the delete key to delete this, and what's nice about these schematics, they're a fairly sticky wires, or smart schematics, as you may say, as I can start to move these around, and it doesn't break electrical connections, or anything like that.
In addition to that, let's take a quick look at creating net labels. Again, if I go up to the home tab, just below wire, I have the net label command here. It's nice just hovering over each command gives you a brief description of what that specific command should do. So, the net labels, if you're not familiar, is just gonna allow you to connect points on a circuit without actually wiring them together, so on one side of a page to the other, without having to make a whole big mess of wires and lines all over your schematics there.
So, let's say I'm gonna place a few net labels here. Here I can click and place any net label I'd like, and then change the name, or if I'd like to do it beforehand, maybe a little bit faster, if I just hit the tab key, that's going to jump me into my net label, and I can just change the net name, maybe, I'm gonna see. Start with D9 here. Can change the font, or the color, or anything like that, of course, as well. So, I'm happy. I'm gonna say okay. Gonna place net labels here. D9, notice it automatically increases to the next numerical value, D10, 11, and so on.
I can place these on each of these wires here. And then, if I'm happy, or finished with that, I can hit the escape key to get out of the command. Now you're gonna see why this can be useful. I'm going to maybe do a connection with my net label, on the other side of the page, without actually having to do a wiring connection. So, I'm gonna try to wire up D12 and D13 over on this side here. I'm just gonna drew a wire, something like this, and I'm not gonna have to route it all the way over to my pins here and maybe make a mess.
It's just a way to help keep things a little bit more organized in some cases. And then, I'm just gonna use the net label again here. I don't want it to be D14, I'm actually gonna try to tie these back to D12 and D13, so I'm gonna hit tab again, and I'm gonna change this to D12. Say okay. And here. And D13 here. And hit escape once I'm finished there. So, effectively what I've done, I've just connected these wires over here to these wires over here, D12 and D13, without actually having to have a physical wire on the schematic.
- Navigating the user interface
- Creating a new project in SOLIDWORKS PCB
- Placing electrical components onto drawings
- Wiring and annotating schematics
- Creating and editing PCBs
- PCB design
- SOLIDWORKS collaboration
- Creating schematic symbols
- Changing between 2D and 3D views of the PCB board design
- Generating final outputs