SOLIDWORKS® Electrical Solutions

SOLIDWORKS® Electrical technologies simplify the design of electrical devices with special tools for engineers and intuitive interfaces for quicker design of embedded electrical systems.

SOLIDWORKS® Electrical Solutions​

The Pinnacle of Collaborative Design Between Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

SOLIDWORKS Electrical solutions are integral parts of the SOLIDWORKS design and simulation portfolio that help Design Engineers reduce the risk inherent in innovation and get their products to market faster with less physical prototyping to decrease costs. With a consistent, powerful, intuitive set of electrical design capabilities, all fully integrated with the SOLIDWORKS solution portfolio, designers can establish an integrated design early in the design process and avoid costly design rework.

What's In SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics?

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics has an intuitive and user-friendly interface that automates complex tasks such as cross-references, wire numbering and terminal drawings. It accelerates product development by reducing at the same time the repetitive tasks associated with the development of electrical schematics.

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Single-line Schematics

Single-line Schematics

Planning method to create complex electrical integrated systems using simple pictorial representations of electrical components.

Multiline Schematics

Multiline Schematics

Schematic development tool with simple, user-optimized interface to help ease repetitive tasks.

Mixed Schematics

Mixed Schematics

Combine both single-line and multiline drawings on the same schematic, while keeping them connected.

2D Cabinet Creation

2D Cabinet Creation

Generate 2D panel drawings from electrical schematics, with 2D electrical component outlines.

Electrical Component and Symbol Library

Electrical Component and Symbol Library

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

Design Reuse

Design Reuse

The suite of integrated devices allows smart cutting and pasting, easy access to a range of "favorite" components and circuit design elements, and reuse of non-SOLIDWORKS electrical design elements by easy-to-use import wizards.

Automated Terminal Drawing Creation

Automated Terminal Drawing Creation

Automatically generate terminal drawings from real-time design.

Automated Contact Cross-Referencing

Automated Contact Cross-Referencing

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

Advanced Formula Manager

Advanced Formula Manager

Enhanced formula creation capabilities allow users to automate naming of everything from page numbers to reference designators.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Content Portal

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Content Portal

Enhanced design formulation capabilities to name everything from wires to programs.

Enhanced SOLIDWORKS PDM Connector

Enhanced SOLIDWORKS PDM Connector

Enhanced PDM interface offers electrical and mechanical data management in one device, based on proven capabilities of SOLIDWORKS PDM.

Report Generation

Report Generation

Generate standard reports automatically based on queries for the database architecture in real time.

Report Generation - Customized

Report Generation - Customized

Customize the look of your reports and their content. Using the built-in SQL editor to display some design data including writing custom Design Rule Checks.

Link to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

Link to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics Professional (with SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D add-in) links the schematic components to 3D SOLIDWORKS assemblies. It allows checking of proper part fit; preparation of all wire, cable, and harness routes for paths and space needs; and measurement of all wire lengths prior to any assembly.

Common ECAD and MCAD Database

Common ECAD and MCAD Database

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics Professional is bidirectionally connected to the 3D design (with the purchase of SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D) that enables multiuser collaboration between ECAD and MCAD engineers in real time.

PLC Tools

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. Sharing a single database ensures compatibility and makes a single, cohesive BOM easier to create.

Dynamic Connector Tools

Dynamic Connector Tools

Powerful, easy-to-use connector wizard helps simplify the creation, design, and use of electrical connectors including tracking which pins are used.

Real-time Collaboration

Real-time Collaboration

Synchronized, bidirectional environment allows multiple users to work concurrently on the same schematics project for better communication with a group.

Deferred Update Mode

Deferred Update Mode

Improves design efficiency by reducing network traffic and deferring actual project changes in real time. This technology gives a performance boost for large projects and multiple users.

Custom Part Library Classifications

Custom Part Library Classifications

Create new directories that have unique titles to customize the library of pieces.

Excel Automation

Excel Automation

Using Microsoft Excel to automate aspects of the schematic development.

User Rights Management

User Rights Management

Allow different levels of control of the access to different functions.

What's In SOLIDWORKS PCB?

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SOLIDWORKS PCB

SOLIDWORKS PCB provides the flexibility you need to easily design Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) along with unique collaboration with the mechanical design team. This provides a clear advantage where communication with ECAD-MCAD teams is crucial for the overall success of electronic product design.

Rigid-Flex Design

Defines rigid-flex areas, layers, and stack thicknesses for rigid-flex PCB construction of single boards. The region of the rigid-flex layer stack can be identified with bend lines and angles, and checked with 3D folding and part clearance tests to ensure correct layout.

Design & Data Management

The SOLIDWORKS PCB-PDM Connector allows the SOLIDWORKS data management system to handle projects, design files, and documents. Store and index design data safely for quick recovery, remove concerns regarding version control and data loss, and collaborate on design data from multiple locations

ECAD-MCAD Design Collaboration

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

PCB Design Engine

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

Modern Schematic Entry

Full featured schematic capture tool based on Altium with comprehensive drafting features, libraries, and electrical rules.

Streamlined

SOLIDWORKS-inspired intuitive and easy-to-use interface with a clear editor and implementation model between schematic capture and layout of the document.

Managed ECAD-MCAD ECO Process

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

Real-time 3D Clearance Checking

Visualize the PCB and components inside the mechanical enclosure to minimize costly errors by ensuring that the board and components fit the mechanical enclosures with 3D clearance testing in real time.

Mixed-Mode SPICE Simulation

Simulate and evaluate analog and mixed-signal circuits from within the schematic editor to create trade-offs in design and avoid unnecessary design changes by conducting functional testing on designs prior to layout or development.

Supplier Links/Search

Scan online supplier databases and connect or embed parametric data to your design components to match real-time product specifications, pricing and availability, placing the most up-to-date information at your disposal throughout the design process to take immediate decisions to meet electrical requirements, budgets and deadlines.

Version Control

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

Component Parametric Database Support

Place parametric data of the component directly from a corporate database, thus keeping the components used in in the design compatible with data stored in the database.

SOLIDWORKS File Support

Be confident in knowing your mechanical designer’s exact purpose with SOLIDWORKS 3D file support, which offers the most reliable and pure version of part models and enclosures, making sure that your 3D clearance test process provides a clear picture on board fit.

Design Commenting and Revision Management

Take full control of your design process, and understand exactly when and what changes have been made to your board design.

What's In SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D?

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D allows you to position electrical components and use SOLIDWORKS routing technology to interconnect electrical design elements in a 3D model automatically.

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Collaborative Electrical-Mechanical Development

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D meets the needs of multi-user and cross-disciplinary projects with a coordinated design process between electrical and mechanical teams to execute electrical systems in a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model readily. SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D’s advanced database technology allows for bi-directional data in a multi-user environment. These means multiple electrical and mechanical engineers can work on the same project simultaneously in real time.

Real-time Synchronization

SOLIDWORKS Electrical synchronizes data from project design in real time, bidirectionally in a shared multi-user environment between 2D schematics and the 3D model. This synchronization unifies key information between consumers and design disciplines.

Electrical Design in 3D CAD

Designers and engineers will incorporate SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D electrical schematic design data into a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model for CAD-embedded, electrical system design. This real-time, bi-directional, multi-user method facilitates more collaborative design between electrical and mechanical designers, and allows electrical components to be positioned or removed in the 3D CAD model. Easily create the electrical interconnection of the electrical 3D elements with auto-routing that allows the planning and recording of route paths and related data (such as the length of wires, cables, and harnesses within the system).

Auto-Routing

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

Electrical Component Library

Through an easy-to-use import wizard, a comprehensive integrated library of manufacturer parts offers an easily customizable and adaptable parts base.

Streamlined

SOLIDWORKS-inspired intuitive and easy-to-use interface with a clear editor and implementation model between schematic capture and layout of the document.

Embedded Electrical System Design Planning

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D is an easy-to-use planning tool for the rapid collaborative design of schematically specified embedded electrical systems that can be implemented with an intuitive graphical user interface and the knowledge of conventional multi-line software in a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model. SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D creates a new technology framework, integrating purpose-built design tools for the creation of embedded electrical subsystems with schematic drives.

3D Electrical Cabinet Design

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D incorporates SOLIDWORKS CAD and Electrical technology to provide an improved design experience for the construction of electrical 3D cabinets. This unified system is coordinated without the use of external files in real time, and can use existing CAD designs. SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D provides robust electrical 3D cabinet modeling and documentation capabilities with the SOLIDWORKS automation software.

Electrical Harness Design Planning

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D offers a virtual “design-in-place” electrical system development environment that provides auto-routing of a schematically specified electrical harness in a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model, simplifying the production of harnesses while minimizing errors. Once the virtual harness is developed, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D can use the built-in drawing tools to generate detailed assembly drawings. Such drawing development resources include the ability to create ballooned assemblies, pin boards or cut list sketches, as well as related documentation on the BOM.

What's In SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional?

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional

Embedded design of electrical systems includes a cohesive electrical tool set including single- and multi-line schematic tools. Embedded system design also requires synchronization of both mechanical and electrical parts for all work in 2D and 3D.

Single-line Schematics

Resource for electrical system design to create complex electrical system with simple pictorial representations of electrical components and interconnectors.

Multi-line Schematics

Schematic development tool with a streamlined user interface which is designed to simplify repeat tasks.

Mixed Schematic

Combine both single-line and multi-line schematics, while retaining associations between components.

2D Cabinet Creation

Generate 2D panel representations from electrical schematics, with 2D electrical component outlines.

Electrical Component and Symbol Library

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

Design and Reuse

Suite of digital tools for smart cutting and pasting, easy-to-access collection of “favorite” components and circuit design elements, and the ability to reuse non-SOLIDWORKS Electrical design elements with easy-to-use import wizards.

Automated Terminal Drawing Creation

Generate terminal drawings automatically, based on and synchronized with the specification in real time.

Report Generation

Reports are generated automatically based on real-time database queries. Build custom reports using built-in tools to create custom reports.

Automated Contact Cross-referencing

Electrical contacts are automatically cross-referenced in real time and displayed in detail next to the parent symbol.

Advanced Formula Manager

SOLIDWORKS Electrical provides improved formula capabilities from wire naming to reference designations.

Electrical Component and Symbol Library Management

Integrated symbol library offering easy access to the elements and components of electrical design.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Content Portal

Web-based content portal, which provides access to an extensive library of industry-standard schematic symbols and a supplier parts database.

Link to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics is connected to 3D SOLIDWORKS assemblies, enabling proper fit testing, preparation of all wire, cable, harness paths, and measuring all wire lengths before any assembly is completed.

Common ECAD and MCAD Database

SOLIDWORKS Electrical schematics are bidirectionally connected and allow real-time multi-user interaction. ECAD and MCAD share a common database which guarantees consistency.

PLC Tools

The Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) management tools, together with the ability to import PLC data and labels from Excel, simplify many PLC creation tasks.

Real-time Synchronization

SOLIDWORKS Electrical synchronizes data from project design in real time, bidirectionally in a shared multi-user environment between 2D schematics and the 3D model. This synchronization unifies key information between consumers and design disciplines.

Global Project Settings

Added global project environment for template drawing, project attributes, and wire-style managers.

Classifications

Ability to create custom segment classifications, improving the range and component management.

Manufacturer Part

Improved ability to add external links to PDF files, improved data fields, and cable lengths added to predefined and custom cables.

Symbol Editor

Improved index help, and passive symbols.

Marks and Wires Management

Improved support for number category options, reuse of unused wire labels, support for natural ordering and improved capabilities for DWG imports.

Enhanced SOLIDWORKS PDM Connector

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

Multi-Level Terminals Strip Support

Support for handling 3D terminal strips with ability to renumber and configure terminal part properties. Other features include the ability to add parts, circuits and the ability of supplier to add accessory components to terminal strip.

Distributed Mode

Improves SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic efficiency by reducing network traffic and delaying actual project notifications in real time. It technology provides performance enhancement for large projects and remote access, without the need for special techniques.

Collaborative Electrical-Mechanical Development

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D meets the needs of multi-user and cross-disciplinary projects with a coordinated design process between electrical and mechanical teams to execute electrical systems in a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model readily. With SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D multiple electrical and mechanical engineers will work simultaneously on the same project in real time

Electrical Design in 3D CAD

Designers and engineers will incorporate SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D electrical schematic design data into a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model for CAD-embedded, electrical system design. This real-time, bi-directional, multi-user method facilitates more collaborative design between electrical and mechanical designers, and allows electrical components to be positioned or removed in the 3D CAD model. Build th with ease

Auto-Routing

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

Electrical Harness Design Planning

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D offers a virtual “design-in-place” electrical system development environment that provides auto-routing of a schematically specified electrical harness in a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model, simplifying the production of harnesses while minimizing errors. Upon development of the virtual harness, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D will create accurate assembly drawings using the integrated drawings

Embedded Electrical System Design Planning

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D is an easy-to-use planning tool for the rapid collaborative design of schematically specified embedded electrical systems that can be implemented with an intuitive graphical user interface and the knowledge of conventional multi-line software in a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model. SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D creates a new technology paradigm which integrates purpose-built tools for shiny design

3D Electrical Cabinet Design

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D offers detailed 3D electrical cabinet design and documentation with SOLIDWORKS Automation Tools. Linking schematic symbols to 3D part files allows the schematic to come to life inside of SOLIDWORKS 3D.

Dynamic Connector Tools

Powerful, easy-to-use connector wizard helps simplify electrical connector development, design, and use.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Integration

Automated posting of archival and revision control schematic details, sketches, and reports.

What's In SOLIDWORKS PCB Connector?

SOLIDWORKS PCB Connector

With the creative communication and data processing features found in SOLIDWORKS PCB, this revolutionary product allows for current and future applications of Altium design products to protect and expand their investments.

MANAGED ECAD/MCAD CHANGE PROCESS

Keep everyone in the design process on the same page. With a controlled change process, adjustments to part location, board shape, and mounting holes and other vital aspects of your designs between Altium Designer and the environment of your mechanical designers are communicated and accepted in a native format.

DESIGN COMMENTING AND REVISION MANAGEMENT

Please remain in the know about what and when changes have been made to your design. A comprehensive history of feedback and modifications shows exactly what changes were made to your design with the ability to instantly accept or reject changes.

DESIGN COLLABORATION NETWORK

Communicate effectively with your entire design team, wherever their physical location. Store concept files on your network, and enable collaboration with all team members.

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Seamless Design Collaboration

When the fields of electronic and mechanical design work together, it is simple to get products to market both on time and on budget. The SOLIDWORKS PCB Connector extension allows collaboration in SOLIDWORKS ® a quick and seamless process with connected design data between Altium Designer and the world of your mechanical designer.

Output PCB Copper Geometries

Ensure that your boards are built and operational efficiently in the environment of your mechanical designer, with extended simulation options. In your mechanical environment, open board assemblies with included copper details and perform comprehensive thermal, vibration, and other simulations.

Parasolid Support

Get the most accurate data to understand the original design purpose of your mechanical designer by connecting the enclosures and device models to Parasolid models. Native mechanical models take the guesswork out of your 3D clearance screening process, making sure that the first time your board sits correct.

Unified Component Data

Save time by intelligently connecting the electronic and mechanical system data together when designing components. You may make changes to electronic data or mechanical models by treating components as one linked whole and have those changes mirrored in either design domain.

Integrated Design Data

Smartly linked design data between the Altium Designer and the world of your mechanical designer opens up new possibilities for synchronic design. Integrated design data enables the mechanical designer to start a board design in their trusted environment, and opens up a rich source of electronic design data with new simulation opportunities for deeper analysis and exploration.

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ECAD/MCAD Project Collaboration

Link your mechanical models and electronic data together as one, controlled project design and drive board changes to and from Altium Designer and the environment of your mechanical designer.

Mechanical Environment ECAD Plugin

The mechanical designers deserve just as much clarification as you do about their design process. To intelligently link the world of your mechanical designer with yours, enable the SOLIDWORKS PCB Connector add-in within SOLIDWORKS.

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