ATLANTA, GA (Solid Edge University 2014) - Zuken's E3.series bridges the gap between the electrical engineer and the mechanical designer. Most companies use the following work process - the EE designs the boards, exports the board data out for the mechanical designer/engineer. The nechanical person then has to design the enclosures and the wire harnesses. Zuken's E3 offering imports the EE's data, creates the raw data needed to develop the wire harnesses and then imports into SOLIDWORKS or Solid Edge. Then SOLIDWORKS/Solid Edge uses the imported data to translate over to the routing and harness module to build up the correct harness cable. Right now, I translate data over directly from the EE into SolidWorks, but I can see this tool as really shortening my design cycle as I wouldn't have to trouble-shoot connections and input/outputs as much. One thing I would like to have is the ability for E3 software to be able to calculate proper wire lengths based on the 3D geometry, but I was told that is not available. The other downside is it is pretty pricey with one seat at $18K.
For more information see http://www.zuken.com/en/products/electrical-wire-harness-design/e3-series
Elise Moss has been teaching Autodesk and SolidWorks software for the past decade. She is an Autodesk Certified Instructor and teaches at an Autodesk Authorized Training Center in San Francisco. She speaks regularly at SolidWorks World and leads the Oakland SolidWorks user group. Elise has a mechanical engineering degree. More...