Electro-Mechanical Design and Collaboration with SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Article by Rod Mackay updated June 28, 2021


Without modern electro-mechanical design tools that support a collaborative workflow, engineers will spend the equivalent of four months each year fighting their software instead of improving their designs. That’s the real price of designing in silos and using ill-suited tools.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like this. SOLIDWORKS Electrical provides excellent collaborative solutions that automate many of those tasks and empower engineers to be engineers. Watch the on-demand webinar, in which we will focus on collaboration from the perspective of the electro-mechanical user:

  • The power of real-time collaboration to streamline communication and design efforts
  • How an integrated electro-mechanical design environment eliminates redundant data entry and facilitates the creation of unified BOMs and other documents
  • How using 3D for complete product definition opens the door to other benefits – simulation, visualization and technical documentation

SOLIDWORKS Electro-mechanical design tools

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

SOLIDWORKS® Electrical helps companies simplify the electrical design process and enables concurrent development of electrical and mechanical aspects of a design. SOLIDWORKS Electrical is unique in its ability to provide a real-time, bidirectional link between
SOLIDWORKS Electrical schematics and 3D mechanical models. This offers a clear advantage to any company where two or more users must collaborate on a project, and having up-to-date and synchronized information is a must.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Overview

SOLIDWORKS Electrical is a set of computer-aided engineering (CAE) design tools that are integral parts of the SOLIDWORKS design and simulation portfolio. SOLIDWORKS Electrical helps design engineers reduce the risk inherent in innovation, enabling companies to get products to market faster and with less cost, due to a decreased need for physical prototyping. With a powerful and intuitive set of electrical design capabilities, designers can establish an integrated design early in the design process. This helps minimize or even eliminate potential defects and avoids costly design rework, saving time and money.

Electro-mechanical design

Electro-mechanical design

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Benefits

  • Streamline the development process.
  • Avoid hidden costs.
  • Reduce manufacturing defects.
  • Avoid time-to-market delays.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Capabilities

  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical schematics are bidirectionally linked to allow multiuser interaction in real time. They’re also linked to your 3D SOLIDWORKS assembly, facilitating verification of proper fit; planning of all wire, cable, and harness routes; and calculation of wire lengths prior to assembly.
  • ECAD and MCAD share a common database, ensuring consistency and facilitating creation of a single, unified bill of materials (BOM), including both electrical and mechanical elements.
  • Component database is easily linked to MRP/ERP to ensure that proper part numbers, pricing, supplier info, lead-time, and other relevant data is captured at the time of design.
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical, with its real-time, multiuser design, enables complex schematic designs to be easily shared across multiple disciplines.
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical translates single-line schematics into detailed multiline power and control and PLC schematics.
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical offers detailed terminal strip management tools.
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical allows for the reuse of existing designs.
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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.