Why you shouldn’t “Just be using Autocad”…

For more than a decade, all 2D users have ever known is AutoCAD. AutoCAD was built to be an electronic drafting table in 1982. Around 1997, someone developed an add-in that automated many functions needed for schematic design, and that became AutoCAD Electrical a couple years later.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical is a powerful, stress-free, easy-to-use suite of collaborative schematic design tools that drives rapid development of embedded electrical systems for equipment and other products. Built-in and web-enabled libraries of symbols, manufacturer part information, and 3D component models provide common materials optimized for design re-use. You can streamline and simplify an array of tedious design tasks, from PLC and terminal block drawing creation to cross reference assignments, with our automated design and management tools.

Here are some of the key benefits that experienced AutoCAD users have told us after switching to SWE:

  • More reliable data updates: Many of our customers who made the switch from AutoCAD Electrical cited serious problems getting the software to update reports and cross references reliably – a problem that became a distant memory after switching to SOLIDWORKS Electrical. When a user can’t 100% trust the reports, they must check 100% of the reports, 100% of the time. That defeats the entire purpose of this type of software. Imagine mechanical users having to go back and proofread all drawings after making a simple change to a 3D part for example. SWE uses an unmatched robust SQL architecture in terms of accuracy to provide reliable and peace of mind when handling your data.
  • Automated processes that actually matter: SOLIDWORKS Electrical was designed from day one to be an intelligent schematic and reporting tool, and that purpose behind the product results in a streamlined interface and a very reliable tool.

Instead of manually modifying a Terminal Strip drawing that you did in 2006, wouldn’t you want a process that created a drawing for you automatically, based off your actual design? SWE has automated processes that benefit all users doing any kind of schematic designs. These processes include:

·        Terminal strip and Terminal strip drawing automation

·        Re-useable data with the help of Macros

·        PLC drawing automation 

·        An easy to use, in-depth Design Rule Check and Report Generation tools

·        2D Cabinet Layout with 3D integration

  • Working smart, not hard: Unlike other CAD packages, you will not lose any intelligence in your drawings when making modifications. If it’s deleting a segment of a wire, moving symbols (known as blocks in AutoCAD), re-positioning text, or any other commands, all entities in your drawing will retain their intelligence. This means an experienced AutoCAD user becomes a dangerous AutoCAD Electrical user, since the commands they use constantly out of habit will actually strip the intelligence out of the project.

With SOLIDWORKS Electrical, we will no longer have to worry about time-consuming, error-prone and repetitive tasks. You should be spending your time on things that matter. Your time is valuable. 

  • Collaboration: AutoCAD-E makes it impossible for users to work on the same project concurrently unless they also have Vault. SolidWorks Electrical offers multi-user capabilities out of the box with other Schematics Pro users (ECAD collaboration), and with SolidWorks users who have Electrical 3D (ECAD-MCAD collaboration). 

I believe that one of the best things to have when making a decision of any kind, is options. It’s time that you really dig into what is going to be beneficial to your design workflow.

Dedicated to your success,


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