IDF & PADS Translator for SolidWorks

CircuitWorks PCB Design

CircuitWorks is a bi-directional IDF and PADS file translator for the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD system. CircuitWorks is a SOLIDWORKS add-in product included with SOLIDWORKS Premium which adds functionality to SOLIDWORKS to allow it to read and write industry standard IDF or PADS ASCII files produced by Electrical CAD (ECAD) systems used for Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design.

Features & Benefits

CircuitWorks uses the information in IDF or PADS ASCII files to produce a fully detailed 3D SOLIDWORKS assembly of the PCB and its components.

Checking Physical Constraints

By transferring an accurate model of a PCB and its components accurately into a Mechanical CAD system, users can check for any potential clash between the PCB and its surroundings. If there is a clash, then the PCB shape or the positions of components can altered and the resulting changes saved back out for use with the ECAD system. Complex board shapes can be created in SolidWorks and exported to an ECAD system to be populated with components.

Visualization & Prototyping

CAD models are increasingly used for visualization and sales use, often before the product itself has been manufactured. The ability to show accurate PCBs with components in visualizations or renderings adds an extra element of accuracy to the image. CircuitWorks can add annotations such as Reference Designators to assembly drawings which can then be used as aids to manufacturing the PCB assembly.


The 3D PCB models generated from ECAD data can be used for thermal analysis within SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, especially in the case of products with tight packaging constraints such as cellular phones and PDAs where localized heat concentration can cause problems.CircuitWorks