SOLIDWORKS PCB & CircuitWorks PCB Matrix

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PCB software in available in three different packages: SOLIDWORKS PCB, PCB Connector (Add-on) and CircuitWorks. SOLIDWORKS PCB combines the power and usability of Altium with the 3D expertise of SOLIDWORKS to unite the "electronic" and mechanical worlds. Learn about the features included in each option below.

Categories and Features

SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
PCB Connector
Mechanical Edit Capabilities for PCBs

Edit a PCB board shape and component models in 3D.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Mechanical Edit Capabilities for PCBs is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCBConnector
Mechanical Edit Capabilities for PCBs is included in PCBConnector
CircuitWorks
Mechanical Edit Capabilities for PCBs is included in CircuitWorks
3D Model Component Movement

Move 3D model components to structure your design to fit your needs.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
3D Model Component Movement is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
3D Model Component Movement is included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
3D Model Component Movement is included in CircuitWorks
PCB Outline/Mounting Hole Location/Size Editing

Browse the current PCB design using a range of filter modes to determine which object types of design elements are listed, highlighted or selected.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Outline/Mounting Hole Location/Size Editing is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
PCB Outline/Mounting Hole Location/Size Editing is included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
PCB Outline/Mounting Hole Location/Size Editing is included in CircuitWorks
MCAD/ECAD Real Time Collaboration

Unmatched ECAD-MCAD integration and collaboration with SOLIDWORKS that unifies design data and pushes changes to both sides of the design project.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
MCAD/ECAD Real Time Collaboration is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
MCAD/ECAD Real Time Collaboration is included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
MCAD/ECAD Real Time Collaboration is not included in CircuitWorks
Seamless Push/Pull Data Transfers

Designers working in each application use a Collaboration panel to Push and Pull design changes from one space to the other.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Seamless Push/Pull Data Transfers is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Seamless Push/Pull Data Transfers is included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Seamless Push/Pull Data Transfers is not included in CircuitWorks
Automatic Notifications of Design Changes

Be notified immediately in real-time whenever a change is made to a PCB design.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Automatic Notifications of Design Changes is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Automatic Notifications of Design Changes is included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Automatic Notifications of Design Changes is not included in CircuitWorks
View Changes Prior to Acceptance

Review any changes to your design that have been performed by other users before accepting each change.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
View Changes Prior to Acceptance is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
View Changes Prior to Acceptance is included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
View Changes Prior to Acceptance is not included in CircuitWorks
Accept or Reject Changes

Accept or reject any changes that have been made to your design by other users.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Accept or Reject Changes is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Accept or Reject Changes is included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Accept or Reject Changes is not included in CircuitWorks
Multiple Users on a Single License

Collaborate effectively with multiple users on the same license.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Multiple Users on a Single License is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Multiple Users on a Single License is included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Multiple Users on a Single License is not included in CircuitWorks
Design
Interactive Router

Enhance routing efficiency with a number of routing modes, such as: stop at first obstacle, walkaround, and push and shove. Use powerful dragging capabilities that maintain track angles and orthogonality and has a loop removal feature that makes re-routing a quick and easy process.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Interactive Router is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Interactive Router is not included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Interactive Router is not included in CircuitWorks
Real-Time 3D Clearance Checking

Visualize the PCB with components inside of the mechanical enclosure to reduce costly prototypes by ensuring that the board and components fit the mechanical enclosures with real-time 3D clearance checking.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Real-Time 3D Clearance Checking is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Real-Time 3D Clearance Checking no-grey-icon PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Real-Time 3D Clearance Checking is not included in CircuitWorks
Differential Pair Routing

Differential pair routing creates a balanced transmission system able to carry differential (equal and opposite) signals across a printed circuit board. Typically this differential routing will interface to an external differential transmission system, such as a connector and cable.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Differential Pair Routing is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Differential Pair Routing is not included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Differential Pair Routing is not included in CircuitWorks
Comprehensive Design Rule Checking

Design Rule Checking is a powerful automated feature that checks both the logical and physical integrity of a design. Checks are made against any or all enabled design rules and can be made online, during design, or as a batch process (with an optional report).

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Comprehensive Design Rule Checking is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Comprehensive Design Rule Checking is not included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Comprehensive Design Rule Checking is not included in CircuitWorks
Schematic Editing
Automatic Drawing View Creation

Simply drag and drop the 3D model into a drawing to create views with hidden lines, hidden line removed, wire frame, or even shaded view. Includes all types of views such as isometrics, sections, partial sections, and detailed views.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Automatic Drawing View Creation is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Automatic Drawing View Creation is not included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Automatic Drawing View Creation is not included in CircuitWorks
Hierarchical Multi-Sheet Design

Hierarchical multi-sheet design helps keep your design files organized and easy to update with a clearly define project structure.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Hierarchical Multi-Sheet Design is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Hierarchical Multi-Sheet Design is not included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Hierarchical Multi-Sheet Design is not included in CircuitWorks
Electrical Rule Check

Electrical rule checks in SOLIDWORKS PCB keep your schematics error-free. The comprehensive set of rule checks for proper connectivity and parameter settings in your design, and the customizable connection matrix lets your choose which specific errors get toggled, saving you hours trying to manually diagnose flaws in your schematics.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Electrical Rule Check is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Electrical Rule Check is not included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Electrical Rule Check is not included in CircuitWorks
Library Management

Libraries of schematic templates and components are available within easy reach, making your design re-use process more efficient than it has ever been. Easily combine and manage libraries in a single location, with parts that you know and trust from successful past projects.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Library Management is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Library Management is not included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Library Management is not included in CircuitWorks
Unified Environment
Schematic to PCB ECO

Changes to your schematic design can be quickly synced with your board layout through an Engineering Change Order process. At any point during schematic capture, you can easily review all changes and instantly update your PCB layout, allowing you to get to work on your board immediately.

SOLIDWORKSPCB
Schematic to PCB ECO is included in SOLIDWORKSPCB
PCBConnector
Schematic to PCB ECO is not included in PCBConnector
CircuitWorks
Schematic to PCB ECO is not included in CircuitWorks
Streamlined Interface

With a streamline ribbon-UI layout, all the features you need on a daily basis are at the front and center in SOLIDWORKS PCB, easy to find and take advantage of.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Streamlined Interface is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Streamlined Interface is not included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Streamlined Interface is not included in CircuitWorks
Version Control

Easily manage and compare all history and changes made to design files, and keep your design on track.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Version Control is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Version Control is not included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Version Control is not included in CircuitWorks
Design Efficiency
Pin Swapping

Automate the time-consuming process of manually re-assigning nets on high pin-count components in your design. With pin swapping, you can interactively swap and optimize pin configurations in seconds, saving your countless hours in your design process.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Pin Swapping is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Pin Swapping is not included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Pin Swapping is not included in CircuitWorks
Component Placement Rules

Stay in sync with your manufacturing requirements with component placement rules and easily define rules for component placements on your board. User-defined component height and placement settings places the precision of your design in your hands.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Component Placement Rules is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Component Placement Rules is not included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Component Placement Rules is not included in CircuitWorks
Supplier Links

Supplier links tie your PCB to the large design ecosystem, connecting you with supplier databases to give accurate information on component pricing and availability.

SOLIDWORKS PCB
Supplier Links is included in SOLIDWORKS PCB
PCB Connector
Supplier Links is not included in PCB Connector
CircuitWorks
Supplier Links is not included in CircuitWorks

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