Did you know that SOLIDWORKS has a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) program? Indeed they do! SOLIDWORKS PCB is a set of tools engineered to bridge the gap between mechanical and electrical designs. With its simple to use interface and link to SOLIDWORKS, it gives the user an efficient design experience that gets PCB’s done quickly and easily.
A couple of the features of SOLIDWORKS PCB that I enjoy are the capabilities to create a managed ECO change process and its distinct work flows that can keep the users productive. One of the more interesting options of the software is the simple 2D to 3D view built into the program. This allows you to simply switch between the 2D and the 3D of your board without leaving the system. When all of you components are set you simply press a button and send the board changes to SOLIDWORKS.
Another notable feature is the built-in SOLIDWORKS PCB Connector, which keeps track of the changes in the board and notifies you about the changes. Not only does the Connector notify you when there is a change made, but you can also preview it right on the board before accepting the changes. This allows you to see where a component will be put before you accept the changes of the different users. With these connector features it allows the collaboration between ECAD and MCAD to work closer than ever.
Finally, once you have completed your board you have several different output options to choose from. From pick and place, assembly drawings, Gerber files, you can get your board into production quickly and efficiently. SOLIDWORKS PCB is bridging the gap between ECAD and MCAD to better support the collaboration between the two areas. I’m excited about it and I hope you are too!
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Written by Craig Shaw
Craig Shaw is an Application Engineer at Alignex, Inc. He specializes in all things electrical design, including SOLIDWORKS Electrical and SOLIDWORKS PCB. When he's not busy helping customers or teaching classes, you'll most likely find him mountain biking or keeping up on the latest electrical car technology.