I Have SOLIDWORKS and I Have an Electrical Design Need… Now What?

[fa icon="calendar"] February 16, 2021 / by Rob Stoklosa

Rob Stoklosa

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Today, I am going to address the most pressing questions our prospects ask about achieving efficient electrical design in a collaborative team environment.


What is SOLIDWORKS Electrical?

SOLIDWORKS Electrical, with its real-time, multi-user design, enables complex schematic designs to be easily shared across multiple disciplines. SOLIDWORKS Electrical translates single line schematics into detailed multi-line power and control and PLC schematics.

Do Electrical Engineers use CAD?

Electrical engineers design, develop, and test the manufacturing of electrical equipment. CAD enables these engineers to create electrical and electronic diagrams, control circuit diagrams, schematics, and documentation.

Do Electrical Engineers use SOLIDWORKS?

Electrical engineers need direct access to all electrical projects and data from within the SOLIDWORKS CAD environment to streamline the design process. SOLIDWORKS Electrical integrates electrical schematic design data with the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model.

What is SOLIDWORKS Electrical used for?

SOLIDWORKS Electrical provides easy-to-use electrical design tools for developing wiring schematics, control panel layouts, and industrial automation systems. It allows users to collaboratively design, document, and modify complex electrical systems with ease. It is utilized across the many different disciplines of Electrical Design.

How does SOLIDWORKS Electrical Benefit my business?

Aside from the automatic wiring, robust libraries, and standardized circuit macros…….I think it goes without saying…..merging ECAD & MCAD technology and processes can only stand to increase productivity and reduce issues in a very error-prone workflow. The lack of tools available to our electrical teams has created a disjointed technology architecture. MCAD is utilizing parametric modeling with 3d scanners and 3d printers….and has for years! We perform intricate stress and fluid dynamics studies on our components, and are now approaching a model-based workflow in which 2d drawings become obsolete!


That being the case, this leads me to my last two questions….

What are your current Electrical Design process and toolset?

Will this process and toolset continue to get the job done in a more competitive, budget-conscious environment moving forward?


To further your knowledge and understanding, I would recommend the following paper:


Topics: Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Rob Stoklosa

Written by Rob Stoklosa

TPM Technical Solutions Consultant, Manufacturing

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