SOLIDWORKS 2015 Manager Showcase: What’s New in Electrical

The SOLIDWORKS annual release starts with feedback provided by you, our community, and finds its way to the people responsible for including your request in our annual release. For SOLIDWORKS 2015, we wanted to introduce you to some of the people responsible for the new features and let them describe their favourite tools included in the 2015 release. Today’s SOLIDWORKS Expert is Lou Feinstein, Senior Product Manager, SOLIDWORKS Electrical. 

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Lou on what’s new in SOLIDWORKS Electrical: The new In-line 3D Routing Diagnostic tools are one of the new features in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 that will quickly become one of the handiest tools for any user who routes complex cables, harnesses and wires in any size assembly on a regular basis.

With convergence of the logical and physical 3D models in an assembly, multi-discipline modelling of Electrical 3D elements is employed. When a discontinuity between the logical and physical models occurs, focused tools are needed to discriminate the root cause.

The Electrical 3D Routing Diagnostics tools enable users to easily and quickly identify and resolve 3D electrical routing discontinuities. The capability of these easy-to-use tools in identifying the root cause of routing discontinuities simplifies a daunting and complex task when a route fails to generate.

As an Electrical Engineer, the use of SOLIDWORKS CAD seems to be, at times, a puzzling and intimidating task; however, with the introduction of Electrical 3D technology suddenly the task of creating complex electrical systems within the 3D Cad model has been de-mystified. The development of this feature was driven from detailed feedback by SOLIDWORKS customers that have adopted Electrical 3D and their wish for electrical design rule checks in 3D that are  easy and simple to use and comprehend.

I personally applaud the introduction of the 3D Routing Diagnostics tools as it provides simple to use and easy to comprehend diagnostics tools that help to eliminate common errors and guides you to the exact source of the error.

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The New In-line 3D Routing Diagnostics tools are a huge time saver and can help to minimize modelling and routing discontinuities within a concurrent engineering design process. I myself anticipate using these regularly in the future.

Originally posted in the SOLIDWORKS Blog, by Mike Fearon.

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