Electrify Your Workflow

Product complexity places unique challenges on Engineering Teams, making the interaction between Mechanical and Electrical designers more critical than ever. New enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020 have taken the ECAD/MCAD collaboration to the next level, by providing an intelligent collaborative environment that allows these teams to significantly improve their workflows.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 3D Routing now enables users to update a flattened route while maintaining the associativity of drawing elements. This new routing enhancement speeds up the process of creating more realistic results while maintaining proper documentation. With the new ability to re-import electrical data, you’ll be able to maintain a high level of performance in your design iterations.

In the electronics industry, there’s an increasing demand for flexible circuit boards. Their popularity is in-part due to the fact that they save space and weight while reducing the need for interconnect wiring. With new support for Flexible PCBs in SOLIDWORKS 2020, designers can create innovative designs while maintaining strong collaboration between mechanical and electrical teams.

Flexible PCBs combine the capabilities of connectors, cables, and wires, eliminating the need for wire harnesses and speeding up the assembly process. It offers new design opportunities for engineers to fit and shape flexible PCBs into areas where no other design solution would work. Additionally, designers can fold and unfold the flexible PCB for an accurate board fit check. SOLIDWORKS PCB 2020 enables electrical and mechanical teams to seamlessly create, share, and collaborate flex design intent natively, eliminating the need for inaccurate paper mock-ups and expensive prototypes to check for board fit. Additional enhancements in SOLIDWORKS PCB 2020 make it easy to communicate fabrication requirements to the board manufacturer, reducing the risk inherent to inadequate documentation.

The collaboration of innovative designs between Electrical and Mechanical teams has never been easier. 3D routing ensures realistic representation of your design while maintaining accurate documentation. And flexible PCBs provide designers innovative tools to tackle the hardest design challenges, all while improving productivity at every stage of the design process.

Originally posted in the SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog.

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