Features

Electrical Software That Helps Boost Productivity

View AutoCAD Electrical software videos that show how its features facilitate drafting productivity. AutoCAD Electrical engineering software includes all functionality in AutoCAD software, plus electrical engineering features such as symbol libraries, bill of materials (BOM) reporting, and PLC I/O design that make control design faster and more efficient.

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  • Video: Use Location View to view devices in a project

    Location View Tab On Project Manager

    Gain flexibility in the way you view your project. The Location View allows you to view all the devices in the project by installation and location in a tree view. An expanded panel on the Location View lets you view and export individual device and connection information.

     

    Video: how to sort, filter, and generate reports in AutoCAD Electrical

    Automatic Report Generation

    Generating reports is simple and customizable. Run multiple reports with a single command. Built-in tools automatically create and update reports that cover bills of materials (BOMs), from/to wire lists, PLC I/O, terminal plans, cable summaries, and cross-referencing. Sort and filter data to create customized reports that display only relevant information. Place reports into an electrical drawing as a smart table object that can be easily updated later or saved to a file.

     

    Video: demo on how to migrate data from AutoCAD into AutoCAD Electrical

    Customer & Supplier Collaboration

    Easily exchange data with customers or suppliers in native DWG™ file format. Edit and view electrical drawings in any DWG-compatible program, such as AutoCAD design and documentation software or AutoCAD LT 2D drafting software. When electrical drawings are edited by outside sources, AutoCAD Electrical can create a report of any modifications.

     

    Video: demo on how to use folders to organize projects in AutoCAD Electrical

    File & Project Organization

    Create folders and subfolders within an electrical drafting project, and easily move DWG files into those folders. Create as many folders and folder levels as you want. You have the flexibility to organize projects any way you see fit.

     

    Video: how to change the order of drawings within a project in AutoCAD Electrical

    Flexible Drag-&-Drop File Organization

    Easily drag and drop files within an electrical drafting project. This capability gives you the flexibility to change the order of files, move files into folders, and move folders into subfolders. This feature does not rename your files or update pin information.

     

    Video: PDF publishing in AutoCAD Electrical

    PDF Publishing

    Enhance documentation with hyperlinked multipage PDF files of your schematic diagrams. Create multipage PDF documents of your project. Cross-reference and device navigation is enabled through intelligent hyperlinks. Bookmarks reflect your project structure, and all drawing text and attributes are searchable.

  • Video: how to create panel layout drawings in AutoCAD Electrical

    Smart Electrical Panel Layout Drawings

    Extract a list of schematic components for placement into electrical panel layout drawings. Choose the panel location and a physical representation of each device to be inserted into the layout. The software automatically creates a link between the device and its representation. Any changes to the electrical schematic or panel representation update the other nonschematic items, such as wire ducts.

     

    Video: how to manage and edit terminals with the AutoCAD Electrical interface

    Terminal Design

    Manage and edit terminals and jumpers to help save time and help increase the accuracy of electrical control designs. Use the simplified Terminal Strip Editor interface. Easily insert spare terminals or make modifications, such as reversing the left and right wiring information for a terminal. Automatically generate graphical terminal strip layouts based on schematic design information for use in electrical panel layout drawings or terminal plans.

    Generate these terminal strips in a graphical or table format. The software automatically populates your terminal strip layouts with the wiring information for each side of the strip.

     

    Video: how to use marking menus, replacement for linear context menus, in AutoCAD Electrical

    Marking Menus For Faster Edits

    Replace the typical right-click context menu with marking menus for commands. Marking menus are context sensitive, based on the type of object you select, and provide quick access to the most commonly used functions for that object, including Delete Component, Edit Component, Scoot, and Align. This interaction shortens editing time and improves productivity when creating or editing electrical panel board layouts.

     

    Video: demo on exporting XML files into Wago ProServe or Phoenix Contact in AutoCAD Electrical

    Terminal Strip Export/Import

    Export terminal data to an XML file that can be imported into Wago ProServe or Phoenix Contact. Define your terminal strip, spares, and accessories in Wago ProServe Smart Designer or Phoenix Contact Clip Project. With Phoenix Contact, you can save as a 3D STEP file to place the terminal strip in your Inventor assembly.

  • Video: Improved drawing and property for sort includes wire sequences

    Improved Capabilities With Wires

    Apply drawing and project property for sort order to wire sequences as well as tag and wire number order. This setting provides default wire sequencing for wire networks with multiple components.

     

     

    Image demo of automatic wire numbering and component tagging feature in AutoCAD Electrical

    Auto Wire Numbering & Component Tagging

    Assign sequential or reference-based numbers on all wires and components automatically. AutoCAD Electrical assigns unique wire numbers and component tags in your electrical schematic drawings based on the chosen configuration, reducing the time spent tracking design changes and reducing errors. If no clear spot is available, the software searches for a clear spot and automatically draws a leader back to the wire.

     

    Video: demo of a rules-based circuit builder in AutoCAD Electrical

    Circuit Design & Reuse

    Dynamically generate rules-based electrical control circuits based on components, wiring, ratings, and catalog data. Circuit Builder gives you the information to make good electrical engineering decisions that are also environmentally sustainable. Create electrical schematic designs based on wire material type, ambient temperature, maximum voltage drop, and more. Improve productivity by building commonly used circuits once, and then saving them to be reused later.

     

    Video: demo of specialized CAD features for electrical design

    Electrical Schematic Symbol Libraries

    Use several hundred thousand standards-based electrical schematic symbols in AutoCAD Electrical software. A simple, menu-driven system for inserting devices enables you to quickly build standards-based electrical control designs, including pneumatic and hydraulic.

    Select frequently used devices from a menu. Symbol libraries include support for the following standards:

    • AS
    • GB
    • IEC
    • NFPA
    • JIC
    • JIS

    AutoCAD Electrical also includes all the functionality of AutoCAD design and documentation software, plus a comprehensive set of functions developed specifically for designing electrical control systems. Specialized features enable you to trim wire, copy and delete components or circuits, and scoot and align components.

     

    Video: real-time error checking demonstration in AutoCAD Electrical software

    Real-Time Error Checking

    Catch and remove costly errors before the build phase begins. AutoCAD Electrical monitors and alerts you to potential design errors as they occur by constantly comparing the requested changes with the current project. Duplicated wire numbers and component tags are flagged. Avoid errors related to missing or incorrect wire numbers. Alerts help to ensure a smooth design process before the electrical schematic gets passed on to manufacturing.

     

    Video: demo of the functionality enhancements in 2015 release of AutoCAD Electrical software

    Usability Improvements

    Use enhanced themes, table styles, and intelligent Cut, Copy, and Paste commands, as well as Find links. Choose a dark or light theme. Table styles control text size, style, and margins on reports. Intelligent cut and copy can place selections of objects onto the clipboard, while paste inserts the selection with automatic updates to tags and wire numbers. Within the Help documentation, the Find link points to a specific icon within the application to help you locate the command.

  • Video: Electromechanical workflows with Inventor

    Interoperability With Autodesk Inventor

    Gain a seamless integration of the electrical design with the mechanical assembly allowing real time associativity, management, and cross-product updates, with electromechanical workflows between AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor. The two disciplines are kept synchronized allowing error-free integrated design, accurate routing, connectivity and cable/wire lengths through a common user interface between products.

     

    Image of AutoCAD Electrical and its tracking of parent/child contacts

    Real-Time Coil & Contact Cross-Referencing

    Reduce the risk of too many contacts assigned to a relay, and minimize time spent manually tracking assignments. AutoCAD Electrical sets up parent/child relationships between coils and contacts. It keeps track of how many contacts are assigned to any coil or multicontact device and alerts you if you exceed the limit.

     

    Video: demo of AutoCAD Electribal module modeling and its library of thousands of vendor components

    PLC I/O Drawings From Spreadsheets

    Define a project’s I/O assignments in a spreadsheet program to create a comprehensive set of PLC I/O drawings. Automatically generate drawings per the drawing configuration, complete with ladders, I/O modules, addresses and description text, and component and terminal symbols connected to each I/O point. This report exports to the PLC (programmable logic controller) program, virtually eliminating the need to create those drawings manually.

     

    Video: demo of standards based design library in AutoCAD Electrical

    Standards-Based Libraries

    Use component libraries from the industry’s most popular vendors to create standards-based electrical designs that comply with industry requirements. The software includes a manufacturer database of more than 650,000 components and symbols, such as switches, push buttons, relays, contacts, and terminals. In addition, choose from an extensive library of pneumatic, hydraulic, and P&ID devices.

    Compete globally with support for international standards that help you meet your geographic design requirements. Supported standards include:

    • AS
    • GB
    • IEC
    • NFPA
    • JIC
    • JIS
    Video: access catalog data content via the Catalog Browser in AutoCAD Electrical

    Catalog Browser Previews & Inserts Parts

    Insert components into your schematic with the catalog information assigned. Search for catalog items and insert components directly from the Catalog Browser–with a preview of the schematic representations of the part. The Catalog Browser can either be docked or left floating to always remain in view as you work.

    Video: add or edit content in the Catalog Browser of AutoCAD Electrical software

    Edit Parts In Catalog Browser

    Easily add or edit catalog items and assign symbols and 3D parts to the catalog database. Edit, add, or remove records in the catalog database from a single, easy-to-use tabular interface. Assign multiple symbols as well as a 3D part for interoperability with Inventor 3D CAD software.

     

    Video: demo of how the Catalog Browser of AutoCAD Electrical integrates with Inventor

    Inventor Parts Integration

    Add the Electrical Catalog Browser to Inventor 3D CAD software 2015 during installation to access 3D electrical parts. This enhancement supports mechatronics. Insert 3D electrical parts into an Inventor assembly from the same catalog as your electrical design to complete your digital prototyping solution.