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 2015 brings even more productivity enhancements to a controls designer with new parts, added features, and increased ease of use.

Autodesk Inventor 2D/3D Interoperability - Cabinet Design

 - Associate 2D/3D parts
 - Consistent search and place experience
 - Integrated with Cable & Harness

Catalog search - Freestyle Search
 - New search and insert workflow
 - Favorites to save searches
 - Most recent searches
 - Autocomplete search phrase editing
 - Single-source editing of content
 - Web link to part info
 - Massive search performance improvement

Vendor tools integration - Terminal Export
 - Support for Phoenix and Wago
 - Terminals, parts, jumpers
 - 2D to 3D terminal strips

Project Publishing - Intelligent PDF Documents
 - Project structure duplicated
 - Device navigation (cross-referencing)
 - Bookmarks
 - Text search

AutoCAD pass-through value from AutoCAD 2015
 - Improved Design Feed, including offline
 - Many MTEXT improvements
 - Dark theme UI
 - In-canvas anti-aliasing

Customer Requests
 - Library path configuration - Standard paths to library symbols are now saved in the project file in such a way that they update automatically for a new release.
 - Content update - More than 20,000 of Allen Bradley’s most popular parts have been added/refreshed. Eaton have provided more than 100 3D models for Inventor.
 - Post process reports - You can now define a User Post option in your report format .SET file. If a User Post option is defined in a report .SET file, it is run automatically before the report is displayed in the Report Generator dialog box. This enhancement lets you use the Automatic Reports with .SET files containing User Post options.
 - Smart copy/paste - Intelligent cut or copy of selected schematic diagrams and paste into the design with retagging and wire renumbering. 
 - Title block next/previous sheets - Added support for assigning these values to attributes on the title block. Previously, customers were using a separate lisp function to assign these values to their title block and they had to activate each drawing for it to work.
 - Metric sizing in motors database - new app in the Exchange store to enable customers to convert the motor sizing information from imperial to metric units (and back again).

AutoCAD Electrical mobile
 – A free app available from Apple iTunes – customers are now able to share their designs with those in the workshop, in the field or while on the go. Leveraging the AutoCAD 360 mobile platform, AutoCAD Electrical mobile delivers all of the functionality of AutoCAD 360 plus tools that are appropriate for electrical design, such as projects, markup, and intelligent design navigation through cross references, parent/child and schematic/panel representations. 


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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