Bi-directional updates between schematics and 3D models. PCB design collaboration with SOLIDWORKS.

Staying competitive in today’s innovative design environment requires the highest degree of collaboration between your mechanical and electrical design teams.

SOLIDWORKS PCB brings this collaborative element to focus with seamless workflow collaboration with SOLIDWORKS. It combines the latest features in PCB design with a streamlined interface and integrated it with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to give you a collaborative design experience that gets your PCBs done both on-time and on-budget.

SOLIDWORKS PCB puts collaboration at the front and center of your PCB design process. With the latest technology in PCB design and seamless integration with mechanical workflows in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, your design process has never been so efficient.

Meet the experts

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Clare Schaeffer

Electrical Product Manager

Capabilities Include:

Integrated Collaboration with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
SOLIDWORKS PCB was created specifically for collaboration with your mechanical design team using SOLIDWORKS, easily keeping your entire design team on the same page with integrated design data and managed workflows.

Intelligently Connected Design Data
With SOLIDWORKS PCB, your design data is more intelligently connected to mechanical workflows in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD than ever before. It’s now easy to make changes to your design in either environment, and see those changes immediately reflected with our powerful collaboration tools.

  • ECAD/MCAD Project Collaboration Server
    Collaboration becomes easier than ever with the ECAD/MCAD project collaboration server in SOLIDWORKS PCB. Intelligently tie your SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD mechanical models and your electrical data together, creating one common link across both design environments.
  • Parasolid Support
    SOLIDWORKS PCB offers full support for SOLIDWORKS native Parasolid file format, expanding the potential for precise design translations between ECAD and MCAD environments. With Parasolid support, you can link to mechanical enclosures and component bodies in SOLIDWORKS, and then visualize those models in Native 3D to ensure the correct board fit.
  • Copper Analysis
    Intelligently connected design data opens up the possibility for greater analysis of your board assemblies with included copper information. Send your board designs to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, with detailed copper data that lets your mechanical designer perform valuable thermal, vibration, and mechanical simulations on your PCB.

Enhancing Your Existing Workflow
SOLIDWORKS PCB doesn’t interrupt your existing design workflow. We’ve engineered SOLIDWORKS PCB to integrate seamlessly with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, so you can keep using the tools you know for mechanical design and work on the electrical side of your design in a powerful PCB design tool.. With your existing workflows remaining separate but in sync, your design efficiency remains at its best.

Managed ECO Change Process
A managed ECO change process in SOLIDWORKS PCB keeps everyone on the same page with immediate updates to design changes. Any change made to your design in either SOLIDWORKS PCB or SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is captured and pushed to the other design environment instantly.

Managed Lifecycle States
It’s easier than ever to manage lifecycle states for component models. With intelligently linked design data, freely place component models on your board in SOLIDWORKS PCB, without waiting for the model to be completed by your mechanical designer. When it’s ready, an updated model will be instantly added to your board layout.

MCAD Integration
Your PCB doesn’t exist in isolation. Mechanical designers can now easily make changes to board shape, component placement, and mounting holes in their own design environment, and then send those changes to you in SOLIDWORKS PCB as part of a managed ECO.

The Latest PCB Design Technology
We’ve included all of the necessary features you need in a modern PCB design tool to get the job done. From schematic capture to board layout, all the latest technology in PCB design is here to get your designs done quickly and easily.

A Proven PCB Design Engine
Backed by more than 25 years of R&D experience, the PCB design engine in SOLIDWORKS PCB provides all the features you need to keep up with today’s design demands. Powerful routing tools and clearance checking options keep your designs in-sync with manufacturing constraints while keeping your design process efficient.

  • Interactive Router
    The routing engine in SOLIDWORKS PCB provides an intuitive and efficient process to easily route your board, with several modes for moving traces around obstacles on your board. Modes include single trace, push, and avoid obstacle dragging, all designed to make the board layout process as fast as possible.
  • Real-Time 3D Clearance Checking
    Confirming that your board fits your mechanical enclosure doesn’t require costly prototypes. Easily visualize your board and enclosure in Native 3D in SOLIDWORKS PCB to ensure that your PCB and components fit your mechanical enclosure right the first time.
  • Differential Pair Routing
    Managing the complexity of the high-speed design process is easy in SOLIDWORKS PCB with the aid of differential pair routing. Easily define and manage differential pairs in your design, and let SOLIDWORKS PCB handle the fine tuning for precise signal lengths.
  • Comprehensive Design Rule Checking
    Ensure that your design is meeting your specific manufacturing constraints with a real-time design rule checking system. Violations are immediately highlighted when they occur, allowing you to fix flaws in your design immediately.

Streamlined Schematic Editor
The streamlined schematic editor in SOLIDWORKS PCB gives you all the tools you need to get your schematic out of your head and into reality as quickly as possible. Take advantage of real-time component supply chain information and a powerful rule checking system to keep your design intent in-line with specific layout constraints.

  • Hierarchical Multi-Sheet Design
    Hierarchical multi-sheet design keeps your design data organized and efficient, allowing you to easily understand project structure, even when you haven’t worked on a project for months. Files are logically organized under specified project folders, making your design data easily accessible and understood by anyone you share it with.
  • Electronic Rule Check
    Stop worrying about potential errors in your schematic design with a detailed set of electronic rule checks. A customizable connection matrix lets you trigger which errors get highlighted in your design, saving you countless hours when it comes time to understand and correct errors.
  • Library Management
    Re-using design assets is simpler than ever with library management in SOLIDWORKS PCB. Store previously used components and schematic templates in your library, and use them again easily in your current design with a simple drag-and-drop from the library management panel.

Integrated Design Environment
In SOLIDWORKS PCB, we’ve integrated the schematic editor and PCB layout engine into one integrated design environment that shares a common interface. Plus, with a streamlined and modern interface, finding those features you use most often is easier than ever.

  • Managed ECO Change Process
    Being on the same page with your mechanical designers is simple with a managed ECO change process between SOLIDWORKS PCB and SOLIDWORKS®. Make changes in either design environment, and keep your design process organized with a detailed ECO history.
  • Easy-to-Use Interface
    A streamlined and modern interfaces makes finding the features that you use the most as easy as can be. A new ribbon-UI layout packs all the necessary features up front, with large, identifiable icons and a well-organized feature layout.
  • Version Control
    Now you have the highest degree of control over your design process with a robust version control system. Know exactly who made changes to design files and when, with specific change logs that give you detailed insights to keep your design process organized.

High-Performance Design
With today’s complex designs, it becomes more important than ever to have the high-performance tools at your disposal to keep you going. We’ve got all the tools you need to tackle those complicated design processes that are always made easier with intelligent tools.

  • Pin Swapping
    Stop spending hours manually re-assigning nets on high-pin count components. Pin swapping lets you easily swap out pin configurations in seconds on your board, shaving hours off of the design process.
  • Component Placement Rules
    No need to remember those strict manufacturing constraints throughout the entire design process. Component placement rules give you the control you need to define specific rules for the placement of components on your board, including user-defined height and clearance requirements.
  • Supplier Links
    Supplier links in SOLIDWORKS PCB keeps you connected to the larger design ecosystem. Make informed component choices with detailed data on real-time supplier information including pricing and availability for those design-critical components.

 

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