Getting in Touch with Your Electrical Roots

Root mark is important because it identifies the type of component at a glance. When we place a symbol on our page, the root mark comes in automatically, but where does it come from?

There are five different places where we can define the root mark of a component, from most general to most specific. This gives you a high amount of freedom while also automating a large part of your work.

1. Classification

Assuming that the root mark is not defined anywhere else more specific, it will come from the classification itself, whether we are inserting from the symbol or the part. We can customize this by going to the Library tab and opening our Classifications Manager. From here, we can select a classification from the list, select Properties, and define a new Mark Root.

After this is defined, new symbols and parts without further definition will pull this mark every time.

2. Symbol

If our workflow is to add symbols to the page representing components and then select the specific parts, this is a great place to add a bit more specific root. To define a symbol-specific root, all we need to do is modify the symbol (right-click a symbol and go to Open > Symbol) and add the root mark to the properties of the symbol itself.

If we edit a symbol in this way and add a root mark to the properties, every time we place this symbol first, the mark will come from here rather than the classification.

3. Part

If our workflow is to add parts to our component tree and add symbols later, this is one of the best places to define our root if it doesn’t match the classification. From the Libraries Tab > Manufacturer Parts Manager, we can add a root to the Properties of any one of the parts we are planning on adding to our project.

If a component is added directly to the component tree by way of a manufacturer part, the root will come from here.

4. Component Properties

If we forgot to define our unique root mark in our symbol or part or if we simply want to make a change after-the-fact, we can easily do this from our component properties. Double-click a symbol or right-click a component in the tree and go to properties to manually type a unique mark in here instead.

5. Symbol Properties

The final place we can define our root mark is in the symbol properties (right-click on a symbol > Symbol Properties), but it is really important that we understand how this one works so that we don’t accidentally make a mistake. When we modify the root from Symbol Properties, we are only modifying the specific symbol’s mark. Therefore, assuming we aren’t associating the symbol to an already existing mark, we are actually creating a new component.

This can be helpful in some cases, of course, but it is something to be mindful of nonetheless.

No matter how we want to define our component root, SOLIDWORKS Electrical gives us the flexibility to add it our way. Thanks for following along! I hope this helped demystify the magic of the SOLIDWORKS Electrical root mark.

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