SOLIDWORKS CircuitWorks is a best in class multi-use collaboration tool between PCB design tools and SOLIDWORKS, it is a bi-directional platform that supports industry-standard file types.
SOLIDWORKS CircuitWorks provides its users with the ability to either import PCB layout information to create a fully parametric SOLIDWORKS assembly or use SOLIDWORKS to define an assembly that contains parts that represent the board, cutouts, plated and non-plated holes, and components that can be sent to the PCB tool of your choice.
Design printed circuit boards for various applications utilizing powerful design tools and communication abilities with the power of SOLIDWORKS.
The SOLIDWORKS interface allows the definition of plated and non-plated holes. Once defined, the SOLIDWORKS features are renamed accordingly. When importing, the holes are named within the feature manager for mechanical users to know which holes are plated or not.
Use SOLIDWORKS interference detection capabilities, interferences between the board components, keep-outs, and other assembly components to ensure the proper fit of the PCB assembly.
Access data from the most popular ECAD tools using multiple industry-standard file formats including IDF, ProStep EDMD, and PADS ASCII.
Component locations can be moved or rotated when importing within SOLIDWORKS on the same side of the board. When defining a new board in SOLIDWORKS, the component locations and sides will be transferred to the ECAD application.
SOLIDWORKS CircuitWorks enables SOLIDWORKS users the ability to ensure their PCB will fit within the defined mechanical space eliminating costly and time-consuming design rework. The resulting assembly can be used to create accurate Bills of Materials and assembly drawings.
With SOLIDWORKS CircuitWorks, users can import PCB boards then re-work the board shape using traditional SOLIDWORKS sketch edits. Mounting holes can be moved, resized, added, or removed from the board to ensure proper mounting to the mechanical enclosures. These edits can be done using top-down assembly modeling to ensure that the PCB mounts to the SOLIDWORKS models after changes are made to these models.
Many times, keep-out or keep-in areas are the responsibility of the mechanical group. With SOLIDWORKS CircuitWorks, these areas can be defined in 3D with SOLIDWORKS and pushed back to the ECAD group without the need to export DXF/DWG drawings. In the same concept, keep-outs will be transferred to SOLIDWORKS from the ECAD tool to ensure that no SOLIDWORKS features or components will interfere with the PCB.
SOLIDWORKS CircuitWorks has a very powerful yet easy to use interface that allows users to preview the PCB to fully understand what will be created within the SOLIDWORKS assembly. It also provides tools to modify the component data, such as component height and filter parts based on a variety of conditions. This filtering allows SOLIDWORKS users to be selective about what is imported into the SOLIDWORKS assembly ensuring that only the objects that are necessary to complete the mechanical tasks are created. These filters can be saved and used on future translations.
The built-in SQL based library manager allows SOLIDWORKS users to use the data from the import to build SOLIDWORKS parts that are based on footprint data provided by the ECAD tool. In addition to creating these efficient SOLIDWORKS models, it allows users to link to existing SOLIDWORKS models that are stored where you normally place your models. This can be on your local drive, network, or data management tools. It has built-in support for SOLIDWORKS PDM and, since the SOLIDWORKS user has complete control over the complexity of the SOLIDWORKS models, you get to decide the look and feel of the components used to build the PCB inside of SOLIDWORKS.
SOLIDWORKS provides two trusted sources for component models: 3DContentCentral (www.3dcontentcentral.com) and MySolidWorks (my.solidworks.com) for detailed component downloads free of charge. Many supplier websites also provide either native SOLIDWORKS formats or industry standard file types available for download and use with SOLIDWORKS CircuitWorks. Bi-directional and incremental updates.
SOLIDWORKS CircuitWorks supports far more capabilities than a one-time transfer between tools. SOLIDWORKS assemblies created from SOLIDWORKS CircuitWorks can be edited and sent back to the ECAD tool for validation, approval, or use within the ECAD environment. Changes can then be made in the ECAD tool and sent back to SOLIDWORKS through the same process. With ProStep EDMD a baseline is created then incremental updates can then be sent between either tool.
By utilizing SOLIDWORKS CircuitWorks to create a SOLIDWORKS assembly of the PCB, all of the tools available within the SOLIDWORKS application will be available for use. This means that you can run a thermal analysis of your board using SOLIDWORKS Simulation or Flow, create photo-realistic images using SOLIDWORKS Visualize, and you can even use SOLIDWORKS CAM to cut board shapes. There are endless options available to you in SOLIDWORKS CircuitWorks.
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GoEngineer offers online and classroom professional SOLIDWORKS training for organizations and individuals. All our instructors are SOLIDWORKS certified and teach thousands of students each year world wide. The curriculum is very diverse with numerous certified SOLIDWORKS courses to choose from. Each student will receive a Course Completion Certificate and preparation materials for SOLIDWORKS certification.