Part 2: Building Up Your 2D Layout Library
Now that you’ve begun working with the 2D cabinet layout feature, the first question you will have is “where do I get the part graphics to place in my 2D layout?”
The first place to look is the SOLIDWORKS Electrical content portal.
As of April 2016, there were over 20 million parts available in the electrical content portal, many of which have 2D symbol representations. The site has expanded capabilities as well, allowing you to search for an individual part or series, displaying the results of downloadable part information, symbols, and 2D representations. And you can always browse the portal by manufacturer, downloading entire series. The available content covers most of the bases to get you going and save loads of time over creating from scratch, but there are ALWAYS some unique needs, and 20 million is scratching the surface of how many parts are actually out there.