SolidWorks has acquired Priware Ltd., the UK-based developer of CircuitWorks™ software and a SolidWorks Gold Partner. CircuitWorks bridges the gap between electronic CAD (ECAD) and mechanical CAD (MCAD) software. The acquisition gives electronic-product engineers worldwide a platform for integrating electronic and mechanical designs.
Operating within the SolidWorks® software design window, CircuitWorks enables engineers to accelerate and simplify electronic-product design by integrating ECAD files into their 3D models and 2D drawings. As a SolidWorks Gold Partner product, CircuitWorks enables engineers to be sure that electronic components such as printed circuit boards (PCBs) will fit and work correctly in their products.
Electronics development has often involved designing the product to fit around the electronic components. But SolidWorks and CircuitWorks together let engineers design PCBs to fit inside ever more stylized product frames. A mechanical engineer can use CircuitWorks to include a PCB design in industry-standard file formats in the SolidWorks solid model of a new global-positioning-system device, for example, to help ensure that the PCB is not too close to any metal contacts. SolidWorks Routing allows the engineer to create the wire harness to connect to the PCB. In addition, that engineer can gauge how the PCB will stay in place using CosmosWorks® design validation software and check heat flow using CosmosFloWorks™ thermal dynamics analysis software.
The acquisition of Priware further establishes SolidWorks software as an outstanding platform for developing highly complex mechatronic systems, which combine electrical, mechanical, and information-processing components. The combination of SolidWorks and CircuitWorks enables mechatronic engineers to use digital modelling to improve product quality, reduce prototyping, and streamline development.
“Very few products made today are purely mechanical,” says SolidWorks CEO Jeff Ray. “As products become ’smarter,’ with more complexity, electronic components are increasingly driving the design. The lines between the electronic and mechanical industries are blurring, and this acquisition is a natural step toward helping engineers be more innovative and proficient in this changing climate.”
CircuitWorks is immediately available as a component of SolidWorks Office Premium. It will be provided to existing Premium customers at no additional charge.