The SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer is a free viewer application that can be used to view native SOLIDWORKS PCB files, allowing for better review and collaboration with all the members of your electronics design team. You install SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer through the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager.
Please note: the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer cannot be installed on a machine containing an existing SOLIDWORKS PCB installation.
To begin the install, launch the SOLIDWORKS 2020 installation manager and select Modify your installation.
Click Next and proceed to the Product Selection page.
Select the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer as shown below to install.
Click Next to begin the installation.
Once the installation is complete, you can launch the Viewer and sign in to SOLIDWORKS PCB Services to access your projects.
The user interface for the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer is very similar to that of a standard SOLIDWORKS PCB environment, with the exception of the modifications tools being grayed out and non-functional (for both schematic and PCB editing).
The Viewer is a strong addition to SOLIDWORKS PCB as it further eases collaboration not only between ECAD and MCAD, but also between designers, managers, and approvers.