SOLIDWORKS Electrical greatly simplifies 2D electrical schematic creation by providing intelligent design tools and a comprehensive parts database. Bi-directional integration in real time with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD makes both electrical and mechanical engineers more productive and enables better collaboration, and ensures integrated Bills of Materials (BOMS) and project data.

The result is fewer product delays, more consistent and standardised designs, lower costs and faster time-to-market.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical is available in three versions: 

SOLIDWORKS Electrical: for 2D dynamic electrical schematic creation

SOLIDWORKS Electrical accelerates electrical system design with efficient schematic design capabilities.

  • Reuse portions of existing circuits in new designs to speed development and maintain consistency.
  • 2D schematic creation for electrical and control systems for your projects. Includes:
  • Unique intelligent schematic tool that supports multi-use design
  • Harness detailing tools
  • Comprehensive library of nearly 500,000 standard electrical parts
  • Integrated single-line and multi-line schematic planning tools
  • Dynamic context-sensitve user interface
  • SQL database architecture enables multiple users to work on projects concurrently
  • Copy and paste circuits to reuse designs across projects
  • Direct import of existing DWG and DXF symbols
  • 4,000 symbols for use in electrical schematics
  • Circuit symbol creation wizard
  • Customisable symbol and macros palettes
  • Fully automated generation of PLC schematic, terminal strip drawing and support documents
  • Integration with SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM
  • Complete library managers for symbols, footprints, title blocks, macros, cables and part references, including customisable ERP connectivity for standard parts.


SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D*

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D enables you to use your schematic data from SOLIDWORKS Electrical with your overall mechanical design, opening up a new level of productivity. Concurrent design between electrical and mechanical teams can now be a reality - in real time.

  • Real-time bi-directional updates between 2D and 3D synchronise electomechanical design, so everything stays coordinated throughout development
  • Integration of the 2D schematic with the 3D model helps standardise designs and unify your BOMs to reduce mistakes and delays
  • Placement of the electrical system and cables/wires in your 3D model enables planning of specific locations and paths for consistent product manufacturing
  • Access to electrical project data from 3D or 2D
  • Automated electrical cable, harness, and wiring routing capability
  • Wire and cable path tools including automated cable wire segregation
  • Links to SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM software (sold separately).
    * Requires SOLIDWORKS CAD software (sold separately)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional

SOLIDWORKS Electrical and SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D combined in one convenient package for creating both electrical schematics and 3D models.

Combine both 2D schematic creation and 3D electrical system modelling.
Single installation and licensing step
* Requires SOLIDWORKS CAD software (sold separately)


Benefits of integrating 2D Electrical With 3D Mechanical

Eliminate Hidden Costs

Prevent mistakes and extra costs with your 3D model and schematic linked bi-directionally in real time, as well as a combined BOM for electrical and mechanical.

Reduce Manufacturing Defects and Scrap

With items selected during schematic creation added to the 3D model, you can ensure fit, check for collision/clash, calculate lengths, plan for efficient material usage, and reduce scrap. Documentation is better and more consistent throughout development, reducing mistakes.

Improve Time-to-Market

Coordinating electrical and mechanical functions enables teams to work in parallel to save time. Specific time-saving benefits include combining mechanical and electrical BOMs to streamline production planning and faster planning of cable/wire/harness paths using the 3D model.

Ensure Consistent Manufacturing and Assembly

Including electrical information from the schematic in the 3D model enables detailed planning, documentation, and visualisation of overall product design, helping to ensure consistent assembly from unit to unit.

Streamline Development To Reduce Costs

Faster design, better communication between departments, synchronised plans, up-to-date documentation and shorter time-to-market all add up to reduced costs throughout the product lifecycle.


Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric London Taxis Lead the Way Towards Cleaner Air for London - Now, That's Intelligent!


Intelligent Energy Ltd

The Company

Intelligent Energy is a leading power technology company with a globally scalable business, commercialising its proprietary fuel cell technologies with business partners across the motive, stationary power and consumer electronics sectors.

Their achievements include the world’s first manned fuel cell aircraft, in collaboration with Boeing; the world's first purpose built fuel cell motorbike, the first fuel cell vehicle to achieve whole vehicle type approval and most recently the formation of a joint venture company in Japan with the Suzuki Motor Corporation, to develop and manufacture fuel cell systems for a variety of industry sectors.

Intelligent Energy Ltd has been judged, by The Guardian's  “CleanTech 100”, to be one of Europe’s leading private companies, which is actually making a beneficial environmental impact. It is no surprise therefore, that as part of the European Union's Hytec programme, they are part of the consortium introducing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Taxis onto London's roads in the summer of 2012. This will help significantly in making the capital a leader in the deployment of fuel cell vehicles and in the implementation of hydrogen transport refuelling infrastructure, leading ultimately to reduced carbon emissions and cleaner air for London!
The design work for these projects has been carried out using SOLIDWORKS software. Simon Nicholas, Design Manager for Intelligent Energy, says, “The business has grown using SOLIDWORKS and the 3D capability enhances the work through better visualisation for our designers and customers.” Simon adds, “What increasingly benefits us is the demonstrated flexibility of SOLIDWORKS.”

Intelligent Energy Ltd now operates 26 SOLIDWORKS  Office Professional seats, with maintenance for these coming from NT CADCAM Ltd, due to their competitive and proven support package. 
Simon comments, “We are most likely to require assistance when installing new programmes, or a revision update. So, we simply log a call, and within 30 minutes we have a member of NT CADCAM’s support team competently guiding us through the solution we require. The service is excellent!”

SOLIDWORKS add-ins are utilised by Intelligent Energy’s engineers, such as COSMOS for structural design of the fuel cells and PhotoWorks for illustration of the fuel cell system with the drive mechanism of the vehicle or plane to be powered, for example.
Simon states, “Intelligent Energy have been able to shorten design concept & detail modelling lead times because we can check interfaces of components within the digital model. 3D technology makes so many tasks simpler, faster and more precise.”

Another example of improved working methods can be found in the ease and speed of communication with contracted machine shops. Extensive drafting of manufacturing drawings has become almost obsolete, now that eDrawings Professional and 3D models can be adopted straight into the machine shop CAM systems.

As the demand for Intelligent Energy expertise continues to grow rapidly, Simon adds, “We are looking at enrolling new employees on NT CADCAM’S training courses and utilising more of the SOLIDWORKS capabilities for greater design and system control.”

Intelligent Energy Ltd


  • Enhanced work through better visualisation for both designers and customers
  • Increased benefit from demonstrated flexibility of SOLIDWORKS
  • Shortened design concept and detail modelling lead times
  • 3D technology makes many tasks simpler, faster and more precise
  • Improved working methods in the ease and speed of communication with contracted machine shops.
  • Extensive drafting of manufacturing drawings has become almost obsolete.
“We are most likely to require assistance when installing new programmes, or a revision update. So, we simply log a call, and within 30 minutes we have a member of NT CADCAM’s support team competently guiding us through the solution we require. The service is excellent!”
Simon Nicholas
Design Manager