Streamlining collaboration of mechanical and electrical design

Posted on 24 Aug 2012

Computer aided design company Dassault Systèmes has introduced new electrical applications, including a 2D schematic design tool and a powerful 3D electrical modelling add-in to SolidWorks design application.

Dassault Systèmes provides its clients with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations and their new SolidWorks Electrical applications. SolidWorks Electrical, SolidWorks Electrical 3D and SolidWorks Electrical Professional simplifies electrical design, enhances accuracy and allows multiple users to work on the same project increasing productivity.

Bertrand Sicot, CEO, SolidWorks, Dassault Systèmes spoke of the increasing rate that companies involved in industrial equipment, engineering services, high-tech, medical devices and consumer goods are developing products that include more electrical content.

Sicot said that more than half of their SolidWorks customers required a solution that streamlined the collaboration between mechanical and electrical systems engineers.

“The addition of SolidWorks Electrical to our product portfolio moves us into this underserved market with a robust solution that upholds the SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use and makes close collaboration between mechanical and electrical design groups a reality,” he said.

Dassault Systèmes new electrical applications improve the design phase, thereby reducing product delays, resulting in more consistent and standardised designs, lower costs, and faster time-to-market.

Kyle Strong, project manager at Getman Corporation, a supplier of mobile equipment to the mining industry, said: “The full integration with SolidWorks will make SolidWorks Electrical easy to learn and will allow both our mechanical and electrical departments to collaborate on electrical system and wiring design.”

He continued: “Our mining vehicles include complex electrical wiring and need to have consistent design — the decision to consider SolidWorks Electrical was easy. By integrating our electrical and mechanical design processes, we can better document electrical requirements and cable/wire paths, resulting in less rework, higher product quality, and faster time-to-market.”

The first release of SolidWorks Electrical will be available in North America, Europe, and the Middle East in August 2012, with other regions and countries to follow.