5 Reasons Electro-Mechanical Teams Need SOLIDWORKS Electrical

By Wayne Brown on


The reasons mechanical engineers made the jump to SOLIDWORKS is due to its ease of use, automated processes and reduction in time to market. For these same reasons, we are seeing more and more electrical engineers and designers making the move to SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

The electrical design industry has been an ignored demographic. For years, electrical engineers were obligated to use generic CAD tools to develop their designs. They struggled with the pains of documenting, validating and quantifying their electrical designs.

Free_Parts.pngAs technology and the need for electrical and mechanical integration grew, so did the challenges of design, birthing the electro-mechanical team.

SOLIDWORKS presented SOLIDWORKS Electrical as the answer, meeting the needs of electrical engineers while facilitating collaboration with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.

Not sure if SOLIDWORKS Electrical is right for your team? These 5 essential productivity features may convince you:

1. Free Part List

Electrical design is heavily reliant on part compatibility which is very niche driven. SOLIDWORKS Electrical meets this need by providing access to a comprehensive list of free parts.

The list is dynamic, growing and changing with the electrical design industry based on the relevancy of parts.

Design_Documentation.jpg2. Design Documentation

Documenting electrical designs is crucial as it is imperative to accurately communicate designs for manufacturing, installation and troubleshooting.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical streamlines this process with intuitive features such as wire generation, automated wire labeling and a broad list of supplied electrical symbols.

3. Part Validation

Ensuring quality designs through validation is now a simple process thanks to SOLIDWORKS Electrical’s instinctive operating platform. Changes can be translated across a project, removing the human-error factor.

With SOLIDWORKS Electrical’s revision control feature, electrical engineers can keep track of design instances, making the iterative process more efficient.

Design_Documentation_2.jpg4. Report Generation

Producing reports are always a concern when approaching electrical design. Before, electrical engineers were forced to use a conglomerate of tools to achieve this task.

With SOLIDWORKS Electrical, this is the way of the past. Now reports are generated simultaneously and accurately right as the designs are developed.

Capturing a Bill of Material, cut list or connector table takes but a few moments with 100% design accuracy.

5. Bi-Directional Linking

SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a 3D component that can link directly with SOLIDWORKS users, allowing electrical and mechanical teams to work together in parallel on designs.

This helps reduce errors by proving design concepts in a 3D simulated environment and potentially discovering conflicts early on. That way, they can be corrected at a less expensive and timely phase of the design process. 

Want to learn more about SOLIDWORKS Electrical? View our training schedule for times and locations near you!