SolidWorks PCB

4.5
(10 reviews)

SOLIDWORKS PCB enables the productivity you need to design Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) quickly along with unique, collaboration between electrical and 3D mechanical design teams. It offers a clear advantage where ECAD-MCAD collaboration is critical for overall success of electronic product design

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SolidWorks PCB review by Aruna J.
Aruna J.
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"The collaboration with altium makes Solidwork PCB full featured PCB tool"

What do you like best?

Version controlling is implemented and it supports with previously designed PCBs using altium designer. footprints and the 3d models of the components can be easily designed. this supports the libraries that were used in the altium designer. And also it supports earlier PCBs that were designed using Altium designer. When we do the final production the synchronization between the mechanical design can be done easily. The best thing is Solidwork PCB comes with version controlling which helps to keep the track on development process.

What do you dislike?

Solidwork PCB consumes lot of resources from the computer. Compared with kiCad PCB this creates lags on the using computer. It requires minimum ram of 8GB to work properly. For the rapid prototyping projects I tend not to use this but for production level PCB designs this tool is great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If the designing products are more focussing on marketing as an final product. this product is the best. This tool is not for the prototyping because it contains all the features to put a product in to final production. Since it supports all the libraries that were designed to altium designer it is very convenient to use. It supports backward capability with older PCBs that were designed using altium designer. Familiers UI and features for the professional PCB designers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Component design, PCB design, PCB simulation, 3D simulation of PCB

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SolidWorks PCB review by Leda R.
Leda R.
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"Excelent, for SolidWorks Users"

What do you like best?

It's somewhat easy to use the basics, it's a smart tool and flexible. If you use others SolidWorks products, it's really great, because you can integrate with all other softwares. For example, in case your company does the whole project and uses SolidWorks products in other step, it will help a lot.

What do you dislike?

The software is really heavy for the computer, also the files. It's not easy to import or export the file and you are really limited about the schematics. Thus, if you plan to use it for great projects, it might not be a good idea. Or, if you dont have experience with that or are not a professional, which was my case.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Well, it's a good ideia if you have a huge company that works with a lot of SolidWorks projects.. If it's simple, I recommend EasyEDA!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PCB development

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SolidWorks PCB review by Nathan M.
Nathan M.
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"Solidworks Works."

What do you like best?

At my company, I was using a in house CAD program to export 3D models for use in Lightwave which was a least tedious and at most unbearable when it came to oil and gas machinery with thousands of parts.

Using Solidworks has made it so much easier to export thousands of parts in such a way that organizing and remedying them is much easier.

What do you dislike?

It's still a little confusing sometimes to newcomers. The help section doesnt seem to have some of the info I might need.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely consider it over some of the other CAD programs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has made my workflow much smoother in the pipeline from engineering model to exported 3D model. It exports much cleaner models than my old CAD program.

SolidWorks PCB review by User in Oil & Energy
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"Great colaboration tool"

What do you like best?

Our company had some real problems sending our designs back and forth from solidworks to the Altium program. This program helped us to bridge that gap and use much less storage space. May not be a good fit if you have a full blown PCB software already. This will duplicate a lot of those features. however, If you are passing back and forth between solidworks and alitium (or similar program) this can really fix a lot of the problems you experience with the back and forth.

What do you dislike?

I think this package should be part of solidworks instead of an addon. Smart devices are such a big thing everyone is using a circuit board in almost every object. I am not sure it provides enough of a service to pay for the price of this software. You can send files back and forth between the two programs now, but it isn't as easy as it is using this program to do it. The files can stay in their native format instead of being converted to .step files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great program if you pass PCB designs back and forth between mechanical and electrical units.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Processing times of file conversion. Mistakes from mechanical to electrical handoffs are kept to a minimum when both disciplines are using this software to collaborate on each project together. Is a great program if those groups are across the country and just not across the hall as it is at my employeer.

SolidWorks PCB review by Yasitha L.
Yasitha L.
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"Best PCB software ever"

What do you like best?

This is a really a user friendly PCB design software. SolidWorks PCB has lot of inbuild tools to make it easy for beginners in PCB design. Easy to make multilayer PCBs

What do you dislike?

The is a bit costly software. But I would say, it is worthy to pay that cost for the Best PCB design software, if you are designing professional PCBs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used it in my undergraduate research project.

SolidWorks PCB review by Darshan S.
Darshan S.
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"Serves the purpose. But there are better tools out there "

What do you like best?

I am used to the GUI of solid works 3D CAD modeling software. And PCB designing tool isn't much different.

What do you dislike?

Gerber files generated are not compatible with my PCB Mill

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Handy tool for designing PCBs.

SolidWorks PCB review by User in Information Technology and Services
User in Information Technology and Services
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"Great mechatronics/electronics design solution"

What do you like best?

collaboration between electrical and 3D mechanical design teams, ECAD-MCAD collaboration

What do you dislike?

none, such a great tool for mechatronics.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SOLIDWORKS PCB enables the productivity you need to design Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) quickly along with unique, collaboration between electrical and 3D mechanical design teams. It offers a clear advantage where ECAD-MCAD collaboration is critical for overall success of electronic product design.

SolidWorks PCB review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"A very useful tool"

What do you like best?

Very versatile software. Enables real time simulations in an AutoCAD environment.

What do you dislike?

Occasionally crashes when used for long durations. However, this might well have been a problem with my computer

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Have designed numerous parts and assemblies to enhance productivity at my workplace

SolidWorks PCB review by User
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"Solidworks works"

What do you like best?

Perfect CAD tool and fun, takes practice but I teach it now, and that's fun too

What do you dislike?

Some tutorials don't match up with icons, and don't features don't show clear usage instructions

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've completed models and drawings of products

SolidWorks PCB review by User
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"Best design technology software "

What do you like best?

It truly meets all the demands of the design process including complex circuit boards

What do you dislike?

How uncommon it seems to be among other regular solidworks users

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Printing circuit boards for all purposes of our design development

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