Released:  18 October 2017 - Build: 169

This new SOLIDWORKS PCB release continues to deliver new features as well as enhancements to the software's core technologies.

From the previous version of SOLIDWORKS PCB, you have the choice to continue with your current version, or to update to SOLIDWORKS PCB to access the latest features. Alternatively, have both installed side-by-side, and use the version that best suits your needs.


New Database Link

The Database Link file defines linkage between the schematic component and a matched record in a database. The Database Link file is added to your design project, or library package, allowing you to link from components already placed on schematic sheets or, more typically, defined components in a source schematic library, respectively.

Parameter Management

With the introduction of New Database Link files, SOLIDWORKS PCB 2018 also introduces Parameter Management options. These new parameter management tools allow designers to connect to any ODBC database, to include the Parametric data from these database libraries within SOLDIWORKS PCB schematic documents, and to create part parameters. Database fields can also be mapped to design parameters.

Symbol Wizard

The new Symbol Wizard allows designers to create symbols for desired components. The Symbol Wizard dialog gives designers control over the basic configuration for the symbol and its pin data, as well as a dynamic preview area which reflects the current settings and pin data.

IPC Compliant Footprint Tools

The IPC Footprint Wizard and IPC Footprint Batch Wizard commands (Tools | Footprint) are used to help designers generate PCB footprints that are compliant with Revision B of the IPC standard 7351 - Generic Requirements for Surface Mount Design and Land Pattern Standard. Rather than working directly from footprint dimensions, the IPC Footprint Wizards uses dimensional information from the component itself, and then calculates suitable pad and other footprint properties in accordance with the algorithms released by the IPC.

CST Export

SOLIDWORKS PCB now supports CST integration. Files can be configured and exported for use in CST simulations.

New Parts Providers

The new part providers facilitate the linking of your design components to real-world parts, enabling you to have access to live supplier data at your fingertips, as you design.

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