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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.

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SOLIDWORKS Delivers All Round Growth for Intelligent Energy

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Intelligent Energy Ltd

The Company

Intelligent Energy develops clean and efficient energy technologies for the global automotive, consumer electronics and distributed power and generation markets. With over 25 years of research and development, Intelligent Energy now employs more than 350 people globally. Just some of its more recent innovations include the launch of UppTM, a personal energy device which powers USB-compatible mobile electronic devices, such as smartphones, wearable technology, portable speakers and eReaders.

The Challenge

Intelligent Energy wanted an integrated 3D CAD system that would grow organically with the company and let their engineering team have the flexibility and confidence to design effectively.

The Solution

Over its history Intelligent Energy's growth has been matched by a steady expansion of SOLIDWORKS from two to 45 physical seats of SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium, as well as utilising the full breadth of add-ons including; SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, Flow Simulation, Sustainability, Plastics Professional, Electrical 2D, Electrical 3D and Composer.

Matt Lennard, Design Tools Manager, Central Engineering at Intelligent Energy explains why it was so important to have an integrated CAD system when designing in a 3D environment. "Our work often involves the development of unique designs. We need to be able to see them in virtual form before we actually start to make them. It is important that we know for certain that everything will work and fit first time. SOLIDWORKS gives us that business advantage.

Results

  • Increased flexibility of design
  • Integrated simulation means better and stronger designs without waste
  • Faster assemblies thanks to enhanced data capturing and storing of knowledge with SOLIDWORKS Electrical
  • Accelerated development time for automotive fuel cell integration into modern electric vehicles
  • Development of the innovative Upp personal energy device on SOLIDWORKS.

NT CADCAM

NT CADCAM has helped Intelligent Energy on a number of issues including training and applying for government funding.

 "NT CADCAM helped us apply for a series of in-house training courses to bring our people up to speed with routing and simulation advanced training," says Matthew, adding: "They've also provided us with TransMagic which aids seamless data translation, and on the one or two occasions when I have needed tech support, the NT CADCAM team have been invaluable."

"SOLIDWORKS has driven itself hard to make a complete package with the range of new features it has got constantly coming in. Consequently we have driven it hard, using the full SOLIDWORKS suite extensively on all our product designs especially when working on integrated automotive products where we've had to assemble our fuel cells in a specific space. Some of the spaces have been unbelievably tight and to use an integrated 3D CAD system in this way has been key in providing a competitive service for our customers."

Matthew Lennard

Design Tools Manager, Central Engineering at Intelligent Energy Limited.