This is the first part in an article series on the capabilities of the AutoCAD Electrical Toolsets. Learn more about how you can leverage the comprehensive drafting, automation and reporting features in this powerful platform. 

AutoCAD has been a software staple in engineering for over 40 years. The platform launched a digital revolution and gave engineers the tools they needed to move from the drafting board to a virtual environment while increasing overall productivity.

Over the past few years Autodesk has added toolsets to the base AutoCAD product. AutoCAD Electrical is one such feature pack specially crafted for electrical engineers. With thousands of schematic symbols, streamlined drafting capabilities, various standards, and Bill of Material management, this solution will reduce errors, increase accuracy and automate workflows.

Creativity requires time; time for collaboration and time for problem-solving. When tedious workflows are streamlined, both owners and engineers can spend resources on exceeding client expectations and innovating new business offerings. The AutoCAD Electrical Toolset is one methodology for regaining valuable project time.

Want to learn about the real-world benefits of this platform? Here are five reasons you need the AutoCAD Electrical Toolset.

1. Design Faster

Streamlining drafting and design based on common industry pain points. When properly leveraged, the Electrical Toolset can allow designers to complete some tasks up to 95% faster and increase overall efficiency by 80%. Creating new designs and editing existing designs also show significant time savings when compared to standard AutoCAD.

2. Automate Workflows

Spend less time tracking changes by assigning wire numbers and tagging components as you design. The AutoCAD Electrical Toolset can reduce the time it takes to execute common commands like reassigning and re-tagging by 82%. Select a configuration for these wires and components, then let AutoCAD Electrical assign reference-based, sequential numbers automatically.

3. Reduce Errors

Project errors can range from minor inconveniences to major issues that result in schedule extensions. AutoCAD Electrical can reduce the number of commands required for a project by 67%, minimizing the margin for human error. Built-in alerts effectively monitor design errors in real-time based on the current project. Avoid costly change orders by catching issues as they occur and adjusting during the design phase.

4. Streamline Review

From cross-team and intracompany communication to reviews and approvals, AutoCAD Electrical makes collaboration easy and effective. Share DWG files with any users that have a license for AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT including project managers, owners and suppliers. Revisions made by collaborators can even be rolled up into a single change log summarizing all activity since the original design.

5. Simplify Reporting

AutoCAD Electrical features automated reports for cable lists, terminal reports and more which can be populated directly from the information within designs. Creating a Bill of Materials, for example, can be completed 95% faster. Easily export data in a variety of options to share with key stakeholders throughout the project.

AutoCAD can do much more than transfer your 2D drawings into a virtual environment. Implementing and leveraging features like the AutoCAD Electrical Toolset can save valuable time so designers can focus more on client deliverables.

Our manufacturing consultants at M2 Technologies are AutoCAD experts. Whether you need to purchase licenses, train new team members or create custom templates and workflows, we can support your entire project lifecycle. Contact us here or give us a call at 1 (877) 311-6284.

*As with all performance tests, results may vary based on machine, operating system, filters, and even source material. While every effort has been made to make the tests as fair and objective as possible, your results may differ. Product information and specifications are subject to change without notice. M2 Technologies provides this information “as is”, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied.

**Results are based on the Autodesk Productivity study.