The company I work for are looking for an ECAD solution to interface with SW, and are currently looking at ElecWorks with routing for SolidWorks. Has anyone had any experience with this package please?
Dont buy Elecworks - we have many SW seats and its great - We wanted to incorporate Electrical design and bought Elecworks - we have had major problems and there are so many bugs. You have to constantly find work arounds. I think this will be ok in a year or 2 at the moment its bad. We run SW 64Bit as the stuff we do is too hungry for 32Bit - straight away Elecworks has problems with 64Bit.
i have noticed a massive decrease in speed on SW after installing Elecworks as it links into SW - we have had for nearly a year and are yet to complete a whole project using it.
Thanks for your reply, I can't find many people using EW yet. We use 64 bit here too, so that doesn't sound good with the problems you are having. Have you any specific examples of problems that you have had? What kind of designs where you using it for, cabinet, cable or whole machine design?
Have you tried the SW electrical routing lately? I tried it a couple of years ago and it felt like I was Beta testing it, you could do all the tutorial stuff easily, but when you tried to route you own designs it became difficult. Problems trying to mate irregular shaped connectors (molex panel mount microfit) with the panel, lots of work arounds to get it to work. It wasn't setup for using crimps and backshells.
Hello James, firstly EW runs outside SW for schematics etc and then runs inside SW for cabinet, routing and tie up with SW models etc. Any problem you have in SW whilst using EW functions EW (Trace) are so quick to blame SW. When i clear off EW and use SW its fast, when i install EW and run SW its slower.
Dont get me wrong when/if EW is fully running and the processors/computer spec are much higher it would be great.
One major problem is EW's webiste has been under construction for over a year and i have asked the guys in Madrid several times to implement the forum page on their website and they won't do it - so i cant get feedback from other people using it.
Nearly all the faults i have rasied with them have been fixed on the latest version, however i have not used it now for several months as its not good and within 30 minutes you find a problem that crashes EW then you have to find a work around.
I really like SW and we design really big systems - its taken the mechanical guys a long time to get SW working right for these big assemblies. From an electrical point i draw everything in SW and not having EW working has forced us to create a lot of standard assemblies. Electrically if you have a really high quality 3d picture of the wiring its much better than having pages of schematics that we understand but in most cases your average maintenance engineeer doesn't and they get left.
With regards routing in SW - no i havent tried this. The main reason is the mechanical guys have routing for pneumatic pipes and use it for some cables and have moaned to me about this so many times.
Thanks for your feedback, its hard to find other users of Elecworks.
I used it at my old place and it was really very good as was the support.
I'd check it out for yourself if I were you.
My name is Marc Wilson and I am a product specialist for elecworks. I may be able to help you with your electrical solution.
You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elecworks is the 'only' gold parter with respect to the electrical design arena. There is no importing/exporting of anything. SW will connect to the project live and with multiple users. No need to re-export/import anything when there is a change. We also support both 32 and 64 bit variations of elecworks. I personally use 64 bit on my home workstation and my W701ds.
Do write and let me know the best way to get in touch with you. Having been an EE for 17 years and used most of the tools out there, I personally found elecworks to be the easiest to use, flexible, fast and very good and making sure your documentation is up to date.
I'm looking forward to assisting you with elecworks and it's real time SW integration.
It’s interesting to read the other comments on the forum. I did notice that you actually haven’t tried the latest version of the software but when we spoke recently you said you have installed the new software. There certainly has never been any blame on the Solidworks installation but purely trying to ascertain PC health.
We are more than willing to analyse your data to get to the bottom of your problem if you can provide your project data as you have promised as It is obvious that some of the issues that you are having seem to be unique to yourself.
We obviously look forward to receiving the data in order that we can help you.
Has anyone had success with the 64bit Systems, our primary cad users are using XP64 which is somewhat outdated but still runs SW very well. Corporate policy does not allow a move to Widows 7 64. I am on the evaluation team for testing windows 7 64 it and has worked well with SW. Looking to purchase a electrical solution and had some very nice demonstrations from Elecworks and will probably go that route after evaluation and demo from e3.
Would really appreciate feedback for performance issues on 64 bit OS.
I'm Marc Wilson with Trace Software and we develop elecworks. I currently have been using Windows 7 x64 as well as solidworks x64 with elecworks x64. I've personally found windows 7 to be the best windows OS ever. XP systems, if you use a lot of applications and development software, would always become unstable over time. I've not found this with Win7. Solidworks x64 is a much better performer on 64 bit and has proven quite solid here. For us electron herders, elecworks is quite the icing on the cake.
Feel free to contact me if you'd like to review the latest elecworks and have an active comparison to all other products. It's my personal choice after using the big 3 competitors.
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