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.


PROCAT: Engaging Students With SOLIDWORKS



Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT), was the UK's first college of advanced technology which was opened by the UK government in July 2014. Based in Essex, it aims to offer students the best quality education possible with state-of-the-art technology so that they can become the next generation of engineers and skilled construction workers.

The Challenge

PROCAT needed to upgrade its existing 3D CAD system from AUTOCAD 2010 to a parametric-based software. The engineering team needed a CAD system that would meet the requirements of their Level 1, 2 and 3 courses but also a software that would let them expand their curriculum to offer the higher HNC Foundation and degree courses.
They needed a parametric CAD package that was common to employers worldwide, that would link CNC to CAM, was intuitive to 3D printing and that would meet their curriculum requirements not only for the HNC courses but also to accommodate their longer term strategy to facilitate the higher foundation degrees. They wanted a CAD package with FEA capabilities to demonstrate mechanical principles and 3D stresses. The No. 1 priority for 87 per cent of the businesses they work with is to have apprentices who can use 3D CAD and who are industry ready. It was crucial they got it right.

The Solution

PROCAT engineering department evaluated a number of CAD providers but found SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD held not only the biggest market share but also offered a comprehensive suite of tools for all their 2D and 3D teaching requirements.
One of PROCAT's industry partnerships is with Olympus Keymed, a leading manufacturer of innovative optical and digital equipment for the healthcare and electronics industries, who recommended they talked to SOLIDWORKS reseller New Technology CADCAM.
As a consequence PROCAT not only invested in a 500 Campus Education Pack, but also in full commercial seats of SOLIDWORKS Standard, SOLIDWORKS Professional, SOLIDWORKS Premium, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium, SOLIDWORKS Plastics, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2D and SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, SOLIDWORKS Inspection, SOLIDWORKS Composer, CAMWorks for 5 axis manufacturing with G-code and TransMagic for data translation.

The Results

The SOLIDWORKS Campus Licence, which provides 500 PROCAT students with a SOLIDWORKS home activation kit, is an invaluable resource that gives them the chance to develop their skills outside the classroom.
The lecturers at PROCAT are now adopting a new approach to teaching CAD. Before they started students with 2D and then asked them to draw a 2D item into a third angle graphic projection - something they found difficult to express, but using SOLIDWORKS has enabled them to turn their teaching on its head and to start engaging students straight away with a prepared 3D model which they then take back to the 2D state and draw it. All of which is handled completely within SOLIDWORKS.

Getting the right equipment and package to suit not only their student requirements to complete course modules but also to offer their employer partners 'job-ready apprentices' with the confidence and skills set for when they arrive at work has been exactly what PROCAT were looking for.

"Using SOLIDWORKS has turned our CAD teaching on its head. Rather than start in 2D, I can engage students straight away with 3D models and then we can pick it apart, taking the models back to their 2D state and drawing it. I can do it all in SOLIDWORKS."

Alan Claughan
Lecturer in Engineering, PROCAT