AutoCAD Electrical

AutoCAD Electrical is a specialized 2D design software that is purpose-built to create and modify electrical control systems in an efficient and easy work flow.

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AutoCAD® Electrical Software offers controls designers immediate productivity gains with a new set of specialized tools, smarter drawings, and enhanced features. It contains all the functionality of AutoCAD®, the world’s leading CAD software, plus a comprehensive set of electrical specific features and functions that offer significant productivity gains. As part of the Autodesk’s solution for Digital Prototyping, AutoCAD Electrical helps manufacturers get their products to market faster with lower costs.

AutoCAD Electrical’s smarter drawings save time, reduce errors, and help create innovative electrical control designs. Associative production drawings and features, such as automated component insertion, help speed drawing creation, thus accelerating design time. Furthermore, designers can make design changes faster and more accurately than with basic AutoCAD software. A major factor for this accuracy is the multi-disciplined symbol libraries for electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, piping, and instrumentation diagrams.

  • 650,000 electrical symbols and components library accelerates design creation
  • Automatic wire numbering and component tagging is faster and more accurate than manual methods
  • Real-time error checking catches mistakes earlier
  • Real-time coil and contact cross-referencing
  • Smart panel layouts provide key information to help designer manage complexity
  • Electrical-specific drafting features create a tool that is specialized to the task
AutoCAD Electrical is a specialized 2D design software that is purpose-built to create and modify electrical control systems in an efficient and easy work flow.
650,000 Electrical Symbols
650,000 Electrical Symbols provide a comprehensive library that increases productivity by allowing users to quickly add standards based symbols.
Automated Wire Numbering and Component Tagging
Automatic wire numbering and component tagging helps you quickly and accurately assign wire numbers and tags.
Automatic Project Reports
Automatic Project Reports help you instantly generate accurate reports such as Bill of Materials, From/To Wire Lists, Cable Lists, Terminal Reports, and more.
Smart Panel Layout Drawings
Smart Panel Layout Drawings simplify the creation process by syncing with components in the schematic.
Purpose Built Commands
Significantly increased efficiency due to specialized commands for creating electrical control systems.
 Feature AutoCAD
AutoCAD Electrical
Full AutoCAD Functionality
Familiar AutoCAD Interface
Powerful Drafting Tools
DWG Compatibility
Comprehensive Symbol Libraries

Electrical Specific Drafting Features

Real Time Error Checking

Schematic Design Tools

Panel Layout Tools

Terminal Management Tools

PLC I/O Tools

Automatic BOM Generation

Autodesk Inventor Associativity

In an AutoCAD Electrical Productivity Study, researchers compared standard AutoCAD to AutoCAD Electrical. They found that in AutoCAD Electrical:
• Creation of new designs was 84% faster.
• Editing existing designs was 77% faster.
• Risk of errors was greatly reduced because of a 30% reduction in number of commands used.
AutoCAD Electrical 2013 brings even more productivity enhancements to a controls designer with new parts, added features, and increased ease of use.

User Experience
Learning Tools help users to get up to speed faster, access content-related help, and access expert advice from within the application
• The Autodesk Exchange provides both Autodesk and third-party applications that can be used with your Autodesk® products within Autodesk® Product Design Suite. These tools may include add-ins, plug-ins, or stand-alone utilities that provide useful added features to improve productivity. These applications are Autodesk tested and approved.
• The optional Marking Menu brings the ability to access common function, and is context sensitive, allowing you to control the options you get.

Project Management
• Drag-and-drop and re-order folders within a project with Project Manager
• The addition of Item Numbering gives you the ability to manage item numbers throughout the entire project. Item numbers are synchronized between schematics and panel layouts, so component number changes in either type will be automatically updated across all project files

129,295 New Manufacturer Parts from ABB, Allen Bradley, Schneider Electric, and Siemens
557 New Footprints
Overview of how AutoCAD Electrical helps controls designers speed their processes with specialized functionality.
AutoCAD Electrical is AutoCAD software for controls designers, purpose-built to create and modify electrical control systems with automated tasks and comprehensive symbol libraries.
DataSheet (PDF)
AutoCAD® Electrical makes it easy to share the electrical intent from the controls design with other Autodesk applications, enabling both electrical and mechanical teams to work collaboratively on digital prototypes.
Application Note
With AutoCAD Electrical, FRICK automated design tasks to reduce errors and speed their time to market.
Customer Success Story
With AutoCAD® Electrical, OYSTAR Jones realizes time savings of up to 75 percent.
Customer Success Story
Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, standardizes on the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping.
Customer Success Story
Joy Mining Machinery uses the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping to design and develop new and innovative products.
Customer Success Story
West Hills Construction, Inc., meets sustainable building challenges with the Autodesk® solution for Digital Prototyping.
Customer Success Story
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