Collaboration is an important part of the design process, but it’s not always as good as it could be. Sometimes we see this situation with teams that work on products with embedded electrical content – where the workflow between mechanical and electrical engineers is critical. One way we’ve seen customers improve in this area is by streamlining their processes with SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
It’s effective because it enables teams of electrical and designers to work on the same project simultaneously. Everyone is working on up-to-date project data using the same shared, customizable libraries of components to build designs.
Because schematic design is fully integrated, change can be initiated from either side of the design process. The electrical designer specifies components in a schematic, and the mechanical designer sees those components in the SOLIDWORKS Feature Manager. A mechanical designer can then place the component directly into a 3D assembly. Once that is done, wires and cables can be routed and the proper lengths will be passed back to SOLIDWORKS Electrical. From the mechanical side, the mechanical designer can insert an electrical component into an assembly, and the electrical designer will immediately see the component in SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
This bi-directional environment can have a huge impact on collaboration in a multi-discipline environment.
Here are a few more features our customers like:
- BOM automatically created directly from components on the schematic with no manual typing
- Intelligent symbols and wires that eliminates manual trimming, scaling, and rotating common with 2D CAD tools
- Automated tabulated drawings generated directly from reports with the push of a button
- Real-time error detection that prevents costly scrap and rework
SOLIDWORKS Electrical software is available in four different packages: Schematic Standard, Schematic Professional, Electrical 3D and Electrical Professional. Learn more about the features included in each version in our Electrical Product Matrix.
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* This blog was originally published back in 2015 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Written by Mack Rasmussen
Mack Rasmussen is the Technical Director at Alignex, Inc. It’s rare for Mack to have a spare moment between leading Alignex’s team of application engineers and supporting our sales team, but when he does, you’ll most likely find this avid sportsman in the outdoors—skiing with his son, camping, fishing or hunting.