Top Enhancements for SOLIDWORKS 2022 ECAD

Dassault Systèmes has launched SOLIDWORKS® 2022 of its portfolio of 3D design applications. SOLIDWORKS 2022 features enhancements and expanded functionalities that improve design, documentation, data management, and validation workflows. You can also expand your capabilities by connecting to the 3DEXPERIENCE® Works portfolio to tackle more challenges, from design to manufacturing, while enabling cloud-based computing and collaboration.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2022 is a fast-growing part of the SOLIDWORKS portfolio and has many improvements in the 2022 release.  Let’s take a quick look at just some of the enhancements.  (Note that there are many more!)

Faster 3D electrical routing


Significantly accelerate the routing of 3D wires, cables, and harnesses in your machine or product. Try more design ideas during the design cycle with faster route creation. Overall, these improvements accelerate electrical design creation and design changes.

Improved performance with large electrical projects


Speed up commonly used operations such as copy, paste, delete, and undo. Make design changes from schematic to 3D faster. Create large electrical projects more quickly. Save time when working with large electrical projects.

Increased performance in multiuser electrical design environments


Enable faster operations for multiuser groups doing concurrent electrical design. Make data sharing and collaboration between multiple users easier. Increase productivity with better collaboration among concurrent users.

Enhancement to the Electrical Content Portal (ECP)


ECP is now included in the Task Pane of SOLIDWORKS Electrical, making it easier to access. Search for electrical content directly from inside SOLIDWORKS Electrical. Create electrical designs faster with streamlined sourcing of electrical content.

Improved navigation in electrical reports


Enable multiple hyperlinks per report cell. Link electrical reports to component datasheets. Improve design quality with easy navigation of your electrical project documentation.

Enhanced harness flattening documentation


Select the main segments of a harness route in 3D to guide the flattening process. Simplify the organization of harness documentation by targeting the trunk line. Improve product design quality through more complete documentation and quicker access to component reference documents.

Improved documentation of harness and cable designs with shared electrical connectors


Include external connectors that are shared but outside of the electrical route. Include external connector information in documentation tables such as circuit summary tables and connector tables.  Add block views of external connectors on harness board drawings. Overall, it provides greater flexibility in documenting electrical harness and cable designs.

Support for backshells in electrical routes


Use both straight and angled backshells in your electrical route design. Create the route and then add, rotate, or change backshells as needed. Improve design quality through a more complete 3D representation of the overall design.

Enhanced 2D electrical documentation to include backshells


Include straight or angled backshells in harness board drawings. Include views of angled backshells in flattened harness views.  Provide more complete and more flexible documentation of electrical designs.

Refinements to bend radius control


Avoid bend radius errors with automated routing of wire, cable, and harnesses in 3D. Create more robust 3D routing when using limited electrical guide path sketches. Improve design quality through a more realistic 3D representation of electrical routes.

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Many of the SOLIDWORKS 2022 enhancements have been developed to let you work smarter by focusing on high-value activities while letting the system handle more repetitive, routine, and time-consuming tasks. These enhancements add up to an optimized design environment that enables you to focus on innovation while producing high-performing designs that improve product quality while accelerating the product development process.

If you have further questions about SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, please contact your local reseller.


Eric Leafquist

Eric Leafquist

Eric Leafquist is a Senior Product Manager at SOLIDWORKS involved with electrical and routed systems, along with other areas of the product. Prior to joining SOLIDWORKS, he held various positions in electro-mechanical product design and engineering in the chemical process industry. In his free time, he enjoys cycling on his Trek road bike (designed with SOLIDWORKS) for cancer research fundraising events.