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How to install the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer 2020

Article by Ish H. created/updated September 27, 2019

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.

Modify your installation

Modify your installation

Click Next and proceed to the Product Selection page.

Next proceed with the install

Next proceed with the install

Select the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer as shown below to install.

Select the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer

Select the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer

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.

Connect to SOLIDWORKS PCB Services

Connect to SOLIDWORKS PCB Services

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).

SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer

SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer

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.

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