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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Design

SOLIDWORKS Electrical solutions simplify electrical product design with specific tools for engineers and intuitive interfaces for faster embedded electrical system design.

 

SOLIDWORKS® PCB — powered by Altium®— is a mechatronics/electronics design solution that provides the best in PCB design technology with an integrated electro-mechanical collaboration solution.

 

Why Choose SOLIDWORKS PCB?

SOLIDWORKS PCB enables the productivity you need to design Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) quickly along with unique, collaboration between electrical and 3D mechanical design teams. It offers a clear advantage where ECAD-MCAD collaboration is critical for overall success of electronic product design.

Features

Rigid-Flex Design

Define rigid-flex regions, layers, and stack thicknesses enabling single board rigid-flex PCB design.  The rigid-flex layer stack regions can be defined with bend lines and angles and validated with 3D folding and component clearance checking to ensure layout correctness.

Design and Data Management

Manage project, design files and documentation with SOLIDWORKS PCB-PDM Connector and the SOLIDWORKS PDM-based design and data management workflow.  Securely store and index design data for fast retrieval, eliminate concerns over version control and data loss, and collaborate on design data from multiple locations.

ECAD-MCAD Design Collaboration

Unmatched ECAD-MCAD integration and collaboration with SOLIDWORKS that unifies design data and pushes changes to both sides of the design project.

PCB Design Engine

Industry-proven, Altium-based design engine for layout and routing of printed circuit boards.

Modern Schematic Entry

Full-featured Altium-based schematic capture tool with extensive drafting capabilities, libraries, and electrical rules.

Streamlined Interface

Intuitive and easy-to-use interface–inspired by SOLIDWORKS–with a consistent editor and use-model between schematic capture and board layout.

Managed ECAD-MCAD ECO Process

A managed Engineering Change Order (ECO) process to and from SOLIDWORKS PCB and SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD takes care of design changes including board shape, component placement, mounting holes, and cutouts, which keeps designs in sync.

Real-time 3D Clearance Checking

Visualize the PCB with components inside of the mechanical enclosure to reduce costly prototypes by ensuring that the board and components fit the mechanical enclosures with real-time 3D clearance checking.

Mixed-Mode SPICE 3f5 Simulator

Simulate and analyze analog and mixed-signal circuits from within the schematic editor to make design trade-offs and avoid unnecessary design revisions by performing functional validation on designs prior to layout or manufacturing.

Supplier Links/Search

Search online supplier databases and link or embed parametric data to your design components to match real-time device parameters, pricing, and availability, putting the most up-to-date information at your fingertips throughout the entire design process to make immediate decisions to meet electrical requirements, budget, and deadlines.

Version Control

Manage and compare all history and changes made to design files directly and gain greater control over changes made to your design knowing exactly what changes were made and by whom.

Component Parametric Database Support

Place component parametric data directly from a corporate database, which keeps the components used in your design synchronized with data stored in the database.

SOLIDWORKS File Support

Be confident in knowing the exact intent of your mechanical designer with SOLIDWORKS 3D file support that provides the most precise and pure version of component models and enclosures, ensuring that your 3D clearance check process provides a clear picture on board fit.

Design Commenting and Revision Management

Take complete control of your design process and understanding exactly what changes were made to your board design and when. Detailed design revision comments allow you to see a clear change history with the ability to accept or reject the changes.

 

SOLIDWORKS® Electrical Schematics packages provide standalone, easy-to-use, electrical design tools that enable you to efficiently define electrical interconnections for complex electrical systems.

 

Why Choose SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic?

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic has an intuitive and easy-to-use interface that automates complex tasks, such as contact cross-referencing and terminal drawings. It accelerates product development by simultaneously minimizing the repetitive tasks associated with developing electrical schematics.

Features

Standard Professional
Single-line Schematics
Multiline Schematics
Mixed Schematics
2D Cabinet Creation
Electrical Component and Symbol Library
Design Reuse
Automated Terminal Drawing Creation
Automated Contact Cross-Referencing
Advanced Formula Manager
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Content Portal
Enhanced SOLIDWORKS PDM Connector
Report Generation
Report Generation - Customized
Link to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
Common ECAD and MCAD Database
PLC Tools
Dynamic Connector Tools
Real-time Collaboration
Real-time Synchronization
Deferred Update Mode
Custom Part Library Classifications
Excel Automation
User Rights Management

 

SOLIDWORKS® Electrical 3D enables you to easily integrate your electrical schematic designs into your SOLIDWORKS 3D product model.

 

Why Choose SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D?

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D enables you to place electrical components and use SOLIDWORKS routing technology to automatically interconnect electrical design elements within a 3D model. 2D schematics and 3D models are synchronized so any changes are automatically updated.

Features

Collaborative Electrical-Mechanical Development

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D addresses the needs of multi-user and cross disciplinary projects with a synchronized design environment between the electrical and mechanical teams to readily implement schematically-defined electrical systems into a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model. Multiple electrical and mechanical engineers can work on the same project simultaneously in real time using SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D’s advanced database technology with its bi-directional, multi-user environment.

Real-time Synchronization

SOLIDWORKS Electrical synchronizes project design data in real time, bi-directionally in a multi-user collaborative environment between 2D schematics and the 3D model. This synchronization unifies key information between design disciplines and users.

Auto-Routing

Advanced SOLIDWORKS routing technology to simplify the auto-routing process for wire, cables, and harness in the 3D CAD model.

Electrical Design in 3D CAD

Designers and engineers can integrate electrical schematic design data from SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D into a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model for CAD-embedded, electrical system design. This real-time, bi-directional, multi-user tool enables more collaborative design between electrical and mechanical designers and allows for placement or removal of electrical components in the 3D CAD model. Easily create the electrical interconnect of the electrical 3D elements with auto-routing that allows for the planning and documentation of route paths and associated data (such as length of wires, cables, and harnesses within the system).

Electrical Harness Design Planning

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D creates a virtual “design-in-place” electrical system development environment that provides auto-routing of a schematically-defined electrical harness in a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model, which simplifies harness development while eliminating errors. Once the virtual harness has been created, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D can produce detailed assembly drawings using the built-in drawing tools. These drawing creation tools include capabilities to create ballooned assemblies, pin board or cut list drawings, as well as associated BOM documentation.

3D Electrical Cabinet Design

Combining SOLIDWORKS CAD and Electrical technologies, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D provides a design environment enhanced for electrical 3D cabinet design. This cohesive environment is synchronized in real time without the use of external files and can utilize existing CAD designs. With SOLIDWORKS automation tools, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D provides comprehensive electrical 3D cabinet design and documentation capabilities.

Electrical Component Library

An extensive integrated library of manufacturer parts provides an easily customizable and adaptable parts base through easy-to-use import tools and wizards.

Embedded Electrical System Design Planning

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D is an easy-to-use planning tool for rapid collaborative design of schematically-defined embedded electrical systems that can be implemented in a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model with an intuitive graphical user interface and the intelligence of traditional multi-line tools. SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D creates a new technology paradigm, incorporating purpose-built design tools for schematically-driven embedded electrical subsystem development.

SOLIDWORKS® Electrical Professional combines the electrical schematic design capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics with the 3D capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D in one package.

Why Choose SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional?

Embedded electrical systems planning requires a unified electrical toolset that provides single- and multi-line schematic tools. Embedded system design also requires all work in 2D and 3D to be synchronized for both mechanical and electrical parts.

Features

Single-line Schematics

Electrical system planning tool for creating complex embedded electrical system utilizing simple pictorial representations of electrical components and interconnectors.

Multi-line Schematics

Schematic creation tool with a simplified user interface optimized for simplification of repetitive tasks.

Mixed Schematic

Combine both single-line and multi-line drawings on the same schematic, while maintaining associativity.

2D Cabinet Creation

Generate 2D panel representations from an electrical schematic, with 2D outlines of electrical components.

Electrical Component and Symbol Library

Extensive library of industry-standard schematic symbols (IEC, ANSI, JIS, GB) combined with a database of manufacturer parts to provide an easily customizable and adaptable parts database through easy-to-use import tools.

Design and Reuse

Suite of integrated tools for intelligent cut and paste, an easy-to-access selection of “favorite” components and circuit design elements, and the ability to reuse non-SOLIDWORKS Electrical design elements though easy-to-use import wizards.

Automated Terminal Drawing Creation

Automatically generate terminal drawings based on and synchronized with the real-time design.

Report Generation

Automatically generate reports based on real-time design database queries. Develop custom reports using integrated custom report creation tools.

Automated Contact Cross-referencing

Electrical contacts are automatically cross-referenced in real time and synchronized based on the availability and type of contacts from manufacturer-specific components.

Advanced Formula Manager

From wire naming to project name formulas, SOLIDWORKS Electrical includes enhanced formula capabilities.

Electrical Component and Symbol Library Management

Integrated Symbol Library that provides easy access to electrical design elements and components.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Content Portal

Web-based content portal providing access to an extensive library of industry-standard schematic symbols and a database of manufacturer parts.

Link to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics is linked to 3D SOLIDWORKS assemblies, facilitating the verification of proper fit, planning of all wire, cable, harness routes, and calculation of all wire lengths prior to any assembly.

Common ECAD and MCAD Database

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics are bi-directionally linked and allow multi-user interaction in real time. ECAD and MCAD share a common database, ensuring consistency.

PLC Tools

The Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) management tools automate many PLC wiring design tasks, along with the ability to import PLC data and labels.

Dynamic Connector Tools

Powerful, easy-to-use connector wizard helps simplify the creation, design, and use of electrical connectors.

Real-time Collaboration

Synchronized, bi-directional environment enables multiple users to work on the same project simultaneously in real time for easier project collaboration.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Integration

Automated publishing of schematic data, drawings, and reports for archival and revision control.

Global Project Settings

Addition of global project setting for drawing style, project attributes and wire-style managers.

Classifications

Ability to create custom part classifications, enhancing part management and selection.

Manufacturer Part

Enhanced ability to add external links to PDF files, enhanced data fields, and addition of cable lengths for pre-defined and custom cables.

SymbolEditor

Enhanced support of index and passive symbols.

Marks and Wires Management

Enhanced support for number group options, reuse of unused wire marks, natural ordering support, and enhanced DWG import capabilities.

Enhanced SOLIDWORKS PDM Connector

Enhanced PDM interface provides electrical and mechanical data management based on proven SOLIDWORKS PDM capabilities.

Multi-Level Terminals Strip Support

Support of 3D terminal strip management with capability to renumber and set component terminal properties. Additional capabilities include the ability to add manufacturer parts, circuits, and capability to add accessory components to terminal strip.

Distributed Mode

Enhances SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic performance by minimizing network traffic and deferring real-time project updates. This technology provides a performance boost on large projects and remote access, without having to use special techniques.

Collaborative Electrical-Mechanical Development

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D addresses the needs of multi-user and cross disciplinary projects with a synchronized design environment between the electrical and mechanical teams to readily implement schematically-defined electrical systems into a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model. Multiple electrical and mechanical engineers can work on the same project simultaneously in real time using SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D’s advanced database technology with its bi-directional, multi-user environment.

Electrical Design in 3D CAD

Designers and engineers can integrate electrical schematic design data from SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D into a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model for CAD-embedded, electrical system design. This real-time, bi-directional, multi-user tool enables more collaborative design between electrical and mechanical designers and allows for placement or removal of electrical components in the 3D CAD model. Easily create the electrical interconnect of the electrical 3D elements with auto-routing that allows for the planning and documentation of route paths and associated data (such as length of wires, cables, and harnesses within the system).

Auto-Routing

Advanced SOLIDWORKS routing technology to simplify the auto-routing process for wire, cables, and harness in the 3D CAD model.

Electrical Harness Design Planning

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D creates a virtual “design-in-place” electrical system development environment that provides auto-routing of a schematically-defined electrical harness in a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model, which simplifies harness development while eliminating errors. Once the virtual harness has been created, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D can produce detailed assembly drawings using the built-in drawing tools. These drawing creation tools include capabilities to create ballooned assemblies, pin board or cut list drawings, as well as associated BOM documentation.

Embedded Electrical System Design Planning

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D is an easy-to-use planning tool for rapid collaborative design of schematically-defined embedded electrical systems that can be implemented in a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model with an intuitive graphical user interface and the intelligence of traditional multi-line tools. SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D creates a new technology paradigm, incorporating purpose-built design tools for schematically-driven embedded electrical subsystem development.

3D Electrical Cabinet Design

Combining SOLIDWORKS CAD and Electrical technologies, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D provides a design environment enhanced for electrical 3D cabinet design. This cohesive environment is synchronized in real time without the use of external files and can utilize existing CAD designs. With SOLIDWORKS automation tools, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D provides comprehensive electrical 3D cabinet design and documentation capabilities.

 

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