SolidWorks Electrical Solutions

SolidWorks Electrical Solutions simplify electrical product design with specific tools for engineers and intuitive interfaces for faster embedded electrical system design

SolidWorks Electrical Solutions

SolidWorks Electrical solutions are integral parts of the SolidWorks design and simulation portfolio that help Design Engineers reduce the risk inherent in innovation and get their products to market faster with less physical prototyping to decrease costs.
With a consistent, powerful, intuitive set of electrical design capabilities, all fully integrated with the SolidWorks solution portfolio, designers can establish an integrated design early in the design process and avoid costly design rework.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 - Electrical


SOLIDWORKS® PCB — powered by Altium®— is a mechatronics/electronics design solution that provides the best in PCB design technology with an integrated electro-mechanical collaboration solution.

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

SOLIDWORKS® Electrical Schematics packages provide standalone, easy-to-use, electrical design tools that enable you to efficiently define electrical interconnections for complex electrical systems.


SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D

SOLIDWORKS® Electrical 3D enables you to easily integrate your electrical schematic designs into your SOLIDWORKS 3D product model.


SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional

SOLIDWORKS® Electrical Professional combines the electrical schematic design capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics with the 3D capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D in one package.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics

Feature Matrix
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Single-line Schematics

Planning tool for creating complex embedded electrical systems utilizing simple pictorial representations of electrical components.

Multiline Schematics

Schematic creation tool with a simple user interface optimized to help ease repetitive tasks.

Mixed Schematics

Combine both single-line and multiline drawings on the same schematic, while keeping them connected.

2D Cabinet Creation

Generate 2D panel drawings from an electrical schematic, with 2D outlines of electrical components.

Electrical Component and Symbol Library

Extensive library of industry-standard schematic symbols (IEC, ANSI, JIS, GB) combined with a database of manufacturer parts to provide an easily customizable and adaptable parts database through easy-to-use import tools.

Design Reuse

Suite of integrated tools enables intelligent cut and paste, easy access to a selection of “favorite” components and circuit design elements, and reuse of non-SOLIDWORKS electrical design elements though easy-to-use import wizards.

Automated Terminal Drawing Creation

Automatically generate terminal drawings from real-time design.

Automated Contact Cross-Referencing

Electrical contacts are automatically cross-referenced in real time and synchronized based on availability and type of contacts from manufacturer-specific components.

Advanced Formula Manager

Enhanced formula capabilities for custom naming everything from wires to projects.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Content Portal

Web-based content portal provides access to an extensive library of manufacturer parts.

Enhanced SOLIDWORKS PDM Connector

Enhanced PDM interface provides electrical and mechanical data management in one system based on proven SOLIDWORKS PDM capabilities.

Report Generation

Automatically generate standard reports based on real-time design database queries.

Report Generation - Customized

Customize the look and content of your reports. Use the integrated SQL editor to display any data from your designs including writing custom Design Rule Checks.


SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics Professional (with the purchase of SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D) links the schematic to 3D SOLIDWORKS assemblies. This facilitates verification of proper fit of components; planning for the paths and space needs of all wire, cable, and harness routes; and calculation of all wire lengths prior to any assembly.

Common ECAD and MCAD Database

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics Professional is bidirectionally linked with the 3D design (with the purchase of SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D) which allows multiuser collaboration in real time between ECAD and MCAD engineers. Sharing a common database ensures consistency and facilitates the creation of a single, unified BOM.

PLC Tools

The Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) management tools automate many PLC wiring design tasks, along with the ability to import PLC data and labels.

Dynamic Connector Tools

Powerful, easy-to-use connector wizard helps simplify the creation, design, and use of electrical connectors including tracking which pins are used.

Real-time Collaboration

Synchronized, bi-directional environment enables multiple users to work on the same schematics project simultaneously for easier project collaboration.

Real-time Synchronization

SOLIDWORKS Electrical synchronizes all project design data in real time, bi-directionally in a multi-user collaborative environment between 2D schematics and the 3D model. This synchronization unifies key information (such as Bill of Materials (BOM) and design data) between design disciplines and users.

Deferred Update Mode

Enhances schematic performance by minimizing network traffic and deferring real-time project updates. This technology provides a performance boost for large projects and users who work remotely.

Custom Part Library Classifications

Create new folders with custom titles to tailor the parts library.

Excel Automation

Automate aspects of the schematic creation by using Microsoft Excel.

User Rights Management

Enable different levels of access control to various functionality.

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SolidWorks Electrical Solutions capabilities

Listed below, are some of the powerful features that SolidWorks Electrical Solutions users benefit from. With the addition of standard part libraries, utilities that will search for design errors, fasteners and tools that will automatically estimate your manufacturing costs, the capabilities are endless. If you would like to know more or have any questions, please use the box below.

SolidWorks PCB

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SolidWorks PCB is focused on bringing the best of both worlds together. Do what you do best in SolidWorks CAD, and let SolidWorks PCB handle all of your PCB design needs which was engineered specifically for SolidWorks® collaboration. We’ve combined the best technology in PCB design with an easy-to-use interface and linked it with SolidWorks CAD to give you an efficient design experience that gets your PCBs done quickly and easily — just what you need when PCBs are only a part of your product design workflow.

SolidWorks Electrical Schematic Standard

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SolidWorks Electrical schematic design capabilities simplify development of embedded electrical systems for machines and other applications, with single-line and multi-line schematic tools for planning your electrical systems. An integrated library database provides thousands of symbols and more than 500,000 manufactured parts for use in your design, and you can speed up development by copying and reusing common circuit segments within a project or to other projects. Teams can work concurrently to reduce development time, and automated management tools streamline design of complex PLC connections. You can easily generate drawings, wire lists, “From-To” lists, and other documentation for manufacturing. Use your SolidWorks Electrical schematics in SolidWorks Electrical 3D, with bi-directional linking that captures design changes in both the schematic and the 3D model in real time.

SolidWorks Electrical Schematic Professional

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The SolidWorks Electrical Professional package combines the electrical schematic design capabilities of SolidWorks Electrical with the 3D capabilities of SolidWorks Electrical 3D in one convenient package. Single-line and multi-line schematic tools, including an integrated library of thousands of symbols and parts, enable quick planning of your embedded electrical system. Design teams can work concurrently on one or more projects and keep all work current with real-time bi-directional updates. You can integrate SolidWorks Electrical schematics with the 3D model and then place 3D versions of all electrical parts into the model, creating paths and connections with wires/cables/harnesses. All work in 2D and 3D is synchronized in real time, and you can create fully integrated BOMs that include both mechanical and electrical parts.

SolidWorks Electrical 3D

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SolidWorks Electrical 3D enables you to easily integrate your electrical schematic design from SolidWorks Electrical to your 3D model of the machine or other product. (SolidWorks Electrical 3D requires SolidWorks CAD software.) Designers can place 3D versions of all electrical parts into their model, and run wires/cables/harnesses in 3D to connect all electrical equipment. This enables you to plan specific locations and paths, and accurately determine wires/cables/harness lengths before equipment is built to ensure consistent manufacturing and to reduce scrap and costs. Your 2D schematics and 3D models are synchronized bi-directionally in real time, so any changes are automatically updated.


Share data between electrical CAD (ECAD) and mechanical CAD (MCAD) designers using the CircuitWorks™ tool in SolidWorks 3D CAD software. Circuitworks™ enables users to share, compare, update, and track electrical design data so users can more quickly resolve electrical-mechanical integration problems.