Comparison Guide for SOLIDWORKS Electrical vs. AutoCAD Electrical

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Here is a quick comparison of AutoCAD Electrical software compared to SOLIDWORKS Electrical software, explanations and more information can be obtained when you download our Electrical Guide:

AutoCAD Electrical
Issue
SOLIDWORKS Electrical
Advantage
Blocks just don’t update consistently requiring manual checks to make sure everything is working.Blocks and SOLIDWORKS Electrical symbols are up to date between different drawings and the consistency is unparalleled.
Wire Numbers are automatic until you need to change anything in the drawings. They go out of sync so frequently it reverts to being a manual process.Wire Numbers stay in sync, you click the button and the wire numbers are done automatically.
References will link up as long as you don’t have to move or change them.References stay up to date automatically throughout the life of the project.
Copy/Paste won’t work If you don’t use specific commands and when you use specific commands you need to keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer.Copy/Paste the ‘Ctrl C’ and ‘Ctrl V’ techniques work correctly and as expected in SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
Application AutoCAD Electrical is AutoCAD with programming to make it work like an electrical tool.Application SolidWorks Electrical is a dedicated tool for electrical design, built with design in mind.
Library symbols cannot be updated or
changed easily. You often have to make a new copy of the symbol before you can edit it.
Library symbols can be edited with ease. With the ability to import legacy DWG data.
3D Parts do not have intelligence; tracking wires and cables is tedious at best.3D Parts are associated and sized as per manufacturer information. Cables and wires tracked to provide a complete design tool.
Shared Library is difficult to set-up and slow to access. Setup/configuration for new parts is also slow and time consuming.Shared Library is easy to use, the parts are linked together to ensure consistancy for the entire electrical system.

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