SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D

  • SOLIDWORKS® Electrical 3D* enables you to easily integrate your electrical schematic design from SOLIDWORKS Electrical to your 3D model of the machine or other product.

    Designers can place 3D versions of all electrical parts into their model, and run wires/cables/harnesses in 3D to connect all electrical equipment. This enables you to plan specific locations and paths, and accurately determine wires/cables/harness lengths before equipment is built to ensure consistent manufacturing and to reduce scrap and costs. Your 2D schematics and 3D models are synchronised bi-directionally in real time, so any changes are automatically updated.
    *SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D requires SOLIDWORKS CAD software.

    “The transition to SOLIDWORKS was smooth, people picked it up quickly and the training certainly helped.”

    –Marshall Vann, General Manager at PWR

  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D enables users to place electrical components
    and use advanced SOLIDWORKS routing technology to automatically interconnect electrical design elements within the 3D model. Users can determine optimal lengths for wires, cables, and harnesses, all while maintaining design and BOM synchronisation.

    • Electrical 3D: Bi-directional integration of electrical schematic design data from SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic with the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model
    • Real-time collaboration: Synchronised, bi-directional environment enables multiple users to work on the same project simultaneously and in real time for easier project collaboration
    • Auto-routing: Advanced SOLIDWORKS routing technology to simplify the auto-routing process for wire, cables, and harnesses in the 3D CAD model
    • Harness development: Create schematic driven harness designs utilising real-time, bi-directional functionality, coupled with powerful routing, flattening, and automatic documentation
    • Real-time synchronisation: All project design data bi-directionally synchronised in real time between schematics and the 3D model in a multi-user, collaborative environment
    • Manufacturers electrical component library: Extensive integrated library of manufacturer parts provides an easily customisable and adaptable parts base through easy-touse import tools and wizards
    • Create a 3D cabinet representation based on the electrical schematic.
    • Electrical components are represented as SOLIDWORKS models
    • Synchronised electrical and mechanical BOM

    What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2018

    SOLIDWORKS 2018 provides four new solutions to help you simplify interactions between product development teams and ultimately improve your business. Accelerate product innovation and grow your business with these new processes:


    Complete solution to bring your ideas to market

    For years, companies have survived despite having a separation between their design and manufacturing departments, both by organisation, and by the tools they use. SOLIDWORKS Design-to-Manufacturing Process Solution provides everything you need to bring your ideas to market. Design to final assembly work can now happen concurrently in one seamlessly integrated and managed system.
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    The right data, at the right time, for the right people

    Electronic data within organisation needs to be easy to access regardless of the format – from documents and spreadsheets to metadata, processes data, and data from enterprise resource planning. SOLIDWORKS Distributed Data Management (DDM) Process Solution can organise all this data so it is easy to access across many disciplines and departments. It also makes it easy to capture non-electronic data and complex electronic data such as 3D shapes.
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    Analysis tools for every step of design

    Great designs are the result of inspiration, perspiration, and hours of hard work. SOLIDWORKS Designer to Analyst Process Solution helps you speed up the complete design cycle. Your engineering and design teams can work together concurrently evolving product designs while validating any changes, and reusing previous analysis information.
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    Connect your smart devices to your customers

    Every day products are becoming more complex. As web and app functionalities are added to everything from cars to sunglasses, many companies are looking for intelligent tools that work together so they can design and build the “smart” products today’s markets demand. Recognising this, one of the easiest and fastest ways to achieve a more efficient process when designing connected devices is to use one single, unified environment.


    The arrival of smart manufacturing

    Smart Manufacturing is a term used to describe a connected and seamless flow of intellectual property to all teams involved, from design to manufacturing. The creation of IP involves knowledge-capture early in the design process with intelligence from varied skill sets, such as design, costing, quality, manufacturing, marketing, supply chain.

    In Smart Manufacturing, information is available when it’s needed, where it’s needed, and in the form in which it is most useful. Manufacturing intelligence is built up front to actively integrate the three major components in the development process: design, manufacturing and innovation.
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    “Smart Manufacturing is more than ‘integrated’ manufacturing. It also means taking advantage of the rich content contained in the 3D CAD model.”

    – Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO of SOLIDWORKS