ecad mcad integration

ECAD MCAD Integration for Electrical Design

Links between E3.series and all major MCAD vendors

E3.3DRoutingBridge - mechnical CAD interface

Using the E3.3DRoutingBridge, schematic and connection information from E3.series can be interfaced to all major MCAD systems. Collaborating between E3.series and your chosen MCAD tool allows concurrent design. Mechanical engineers and electrical engineers can work independently or collaboratively.

Transfer component information to MCAD (connectors, pins, splices)

Check for bend radius and clash violations in MCAD

Transfer lengths and segments back to E3.series

Creation of manufacturing documentation in E3.series

Take the E3.Routing Bridge Tour

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Supported Systems

  • CATIA V5
  • SolidWorks
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Siemens NX
  • Solid Edge
  • NX I-deas

Additional integrations available upon request.

Satisfied customers

We work on incredibly complex designs for customers in Formula 1, and E3.series gives us the confidence that we can meet the professional requirements and future challenges of this industry. E3.series also gives us the design turnaround speeds, quality and ECAD/MCAD integration we need to expand our business into the mainstream automotive, off-road vehicles and rail sectors

John TrumanDirector, Racetech Harnessing Ltd.

The new E3.series tools we’ve adopted have improved the way we work and shortened the time it takes to make a modification to cable harnesses. It’s also increased our confidence that it’s 100% correct.

Carl WorthingtonPrincipal Electrical Engineer, Mecalac

If a customer orders a vehicle with features that require a harness modification, we can deliver much faster than before - enabling us to compete on not just price and quality but also delivery dates.

Carl WorthingtonPrincipal Electrical Engineer, Mecalac

In the past we had a lot of people working hard. Today we have a much smaller number of people working smart, with an automated interface, and the results are impressive.

Nathan HolyoakEngineer PLM Processes for ATK

Going from months to weeks to design the wire harnesses and agree to a POC (proof of concept) [for a feasibility test] has not only made ATK more competitive, but has established us as a trusted partner of NASA... and much more confidence that our designs are correct. Zuken has been an exceptional partner throughout this process.

Nathan HolyoakEngineer PLM Processes for ATK

The efficient 3D interface between E3.series and CATIA will greatly boost productivity in calculating the production lengths of cables.

Klaus HeimkeManager for New Technologies and E-Business, Alstom

Switching to E3.formboard – and using E3.Routing Bridge and E3.eCheck – is enabling us to be more productive as engineers and more competitive as an OEM of construction vehicles.

Carl WorthingtonPrincipal Electrical Engineer at Mecalac

Related Resources

Find out more via our webinars, blogs, press releases and more...

wire harness design
  • Blog
March 14, 2023
Harness Design: How to connect MCAD and ECAD design tools into a consistent design flow

With E3.3DRoutingBridge and E3.3DTransformer Zuken provides a complete set of solutions for seamless data exchange for 3D harness routing designs bridging the gap between the MCAD & ECAD worlds.

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ecad mcad collaboration with e3.3dtransformer
  • Webinar
September 07, 2020
Process Chain to MCAD by E3.3DTransformer

This webinar explains the interconnection of electrical and mechanical designs. E3.3DTransformer is a versatile tool for all existing CAD systems and offers an easy-to-use UI with quick setup time along with a light-weight and user-friendly application for transforming 3D MCAD data into a comprehensive E/E topology model.

Night view of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the concept of building a digital twin through MCAD and ECAD collaboration.
  • Blog
March 07, 2019
Building the Digital Twin with MCAD-ECAD Collaboration

In this post, we’ll give an overview of what Zuken is doing to address the design domain convergence. We’ve been working hard to improve both the CR-8000 and E3.series solutions to make collaboration between electrical and mechanical engineers easier than ever.

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  • Case Study
November 15, 2018

Mecalac designs and manufactures heavy plant vehicles for use in construction. Their vehicles – backhoe loaders, site dumpers and compaction rollers – are each offered in several variants. They all need to work in harsh environments.

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cuts the time taken to develop right-first-time cable harnesses for its heavy plant vehicles.
KRONE integrates ECAD, MCAD and ERP to enable integrated design and sourcing
  • Case Study
October 10, 2018

KRONE, a major brand in the agricultural machinery market, implemented an interdisciplinary product development process. Using Zuken’s E3.series, KRONE linked ECAD, MCAD and ERP to develop an integrated digital engineering and sourcing process, achieving sizable benefits for both sourcing and service. With an integral representation of mechanical and electrical product information, KRONE was able to make solid progress in implementing its major business optimization strategies: Industry 4.0 and Farming 4.0.

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Krone Agricultural Machinery integrates ECAD, MCAD and ERP to enable integrated design and sourcing
A variety of colorful wooden puzzle pieces interlocked, the seamless integration and interfacing capabilities of Zuken’s E3.series with advanced MCAD systems like Creo, CATIA, and NX for enhanced electrical and mechanical design collaboration
  • Blog
March 16, 2017
E3.series Integration with Creo, CATIA and NX for Wire Lengths and Harness Structures

Today I’m going to take a look at the functionality within E3.series that allows you to integrate with MCAD systems including Creo, CATIA and NX, to define cable lengths and harness structures. You can also watch a movie that shows how this is done in real life – transferring data back and forth from E3.schematic to Creo Parametric (aka ProE).

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