AutoCAD Electrical

Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical, part of the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping, is AutoCAD® software for controls designers, purpose-built to create and modify electrical control systems. It contains all the functionality of AutoCAD, plus a comprehensive set of tools for automating control engineering tasks, such as building circuits, numbering wires, and creating bills of material. AutoCAD Electrical provides a library of more than 700,000 electrical symbols and components, includes real-time error checking, and enables electrical and mechanical teams to collaborate on digital prototypes built with Autodesk® Inventor® software. AutoCAD Electrical offers control engineers a competitive edge by helping save hours of effort, so they can spend more time innovating.

AutoCAD Electrical Features

Electrical documentation

PDF publishing
Enhance documentation with hyperlinked multipage PDF files of your schematic diagrams.

Automatic report generation Generating reports is simple and customizable. Run multiple reports with a single command.

Customer and supplier collaboration
Easily exchange data with customers or suppliers in native DWG™ file format.

File and project organization
Create folders and subfolders within an electrical drafting project, and easily move DWG files into those folders.

Flexible drag-and-drop file organization
Easily drag and drop files within an electrical drafting project.

Electrical panel layout

Terminal Strip Export/Import
Export terminal data to an XML file that can be imported into Wago ProServe or Phoenix Contact.

Smart electrical panel layout drawings
Extract a list of schematic components for placement into electrical panel layout drawings.

Terminal design
Manage and edit terminals and jumpers to help save time and help increase the accuracy of electrical control designs.

Marking menus for faster edits
Replace the typical right-click context menu with marking menus for commands.

Electrical schematic design

Usability improvements
Use enhanced themes, table styles, and intelligent Cut, Copy, and Paste commands, as well as Find links.

Auto wire numbering and component tagging
Assign sequential or reference-based numbers on all wires and components automatically.

Circuit design and reuse
Dynamically generate rules-based electrical control circuits based on components, wiring, ratings, and catalog data.

Electrical schematic symbol libraries
AutoCAD Electrical software comes with several hundred thousand standards-based electrical schematic symbols.

Real-time error checking
Catch and remove costly errors before the build phase begins.

Electrical controls design

Catalog Browser previews and inserts parts
Insert components into your schematic with the catalog information assigned.

Edit parts in Catalog Browser
Easily add or edit catalog items and assign symbols and 3D parts to the catalog database.

Inventor parts integration
Add the Electrical Catalog Browser to Inventor 3D CAD software during installation to access 3D electrical parts.

Real-time coil and contact cross-referencing
Reduce the risk of too many contacts assigned to a relay, and minimize time spent manually tracking assignments.

PLC I/O drawings from spreadsheets
Define a project’s I/O assignments in a spreadsheet program to create a comprehensive set of PLC I/O drawings.

Standards-based libraries
Use component libraries from the industry’s most popular vendors to create standards-based electrical designs that comply with industry requirements.