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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

Bridging Innovation: The Pioneering Partnership Between SOLIDWORKS and Cadence Redefines Product Development

February 19th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

In an ambitious move that signals a new dawn for product development, Dassault Systèmes’ SOLIDWORKS and Cadence Design Systems have embarked on a pioneering partnership. This collaboration is set to transform the landscape of design and manufacturing by seamlessly integrating the realms of mechanical and electronic design. The convergence of SOLIDWORKS’ 3D CAD technology with Cadence’s unparalleled electronic design automation (EDA) capabilities, facilitated through the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud platform, marks a watershed moment in engineering.

A Synergy of Expertise

At the core of this groundbreaking partnership is the fusion of two distinct yet complementary worlds: the mechanical design strength of SOLIDWORKS and the electronic design finesse of Cadence, particularly its OrCAD and Allegro PCB design tools. This integration is poised to solve a perennial challenge in product design—bridging the gap between mechanical and electronic design workflows that have traditionally operated in silos.

The Unified Design Vision

The partnership’s cornerstone is its commitment to a unified design process. By integrating mechanical and electronic tools on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the collaboration promises a cohesive design environment. This holistic approach ensures that every design element, from PCB layouts to mechanical enclosures, is synchronized, reducing errors and iterations, and significantly accelerating time-to-market for new products.

Empowering Designers with Cloud Innovation

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is revolutionizing how designers and engineers collaborate. By hosting the integrated design tools in a cloud-based environment, the platform facilitates real-time collaboration across geographical and disciplinary boundaries. This means that a mechanical engineer in San Francisco and an electronics designer in Berlin can work on the same project simultaneously, with changes made by one immediately visible to the other. The platform’s cloud infrastructure also means that Cadence users gain access to a broader set of tools and resources, enhancing their ability to innovate.

Streamlined Manufacturing Processes

Perhaps one of the most tangible benefits of this partnership is its impact on the manufacturing floor. With a unified design file system, the transition from digital blueprint to physical product is smoother and faster. Manufacturers can access up-to-date, comprehensive design files, ensuring that the product that goes into production is the product that was designed—no surprises, no costly last-minute changes.

Beyond Integration: A Vision for the Future

Looking beyond the immediate technical benefits, the SOLIDWORKS and Cadence partnership embodies a vision for the future of product development. It challenges the status quo, proposing a model where interdisciplinary collaboration is not just encouraged but embedded in the fabric of the design process. This model not only streamlines development but also opens up new possibilities for innovation, enabling designers to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

The Broader Impact

The ripple effects of this partnership extend beyond the confines of design and manufacturing. By fostering a more integrated approach to product development, SOLIDWORKS and Cadence are setting new standards for efficiency, innovation, and sustainability in engineering. Products can be brought to market faster, with less waste and a better fit between form, function, and user needs.


The partnership between SOLIDWORKS and Cadence is more than a collaboration; it’s a redefinition of how products are conceived, designed, and manufactured. It heralds a new era of product development, characterized by unprecedented integration, innovation, and efficiency. As the industry watches, the fruits of this partnership promise to reshape our world, one product at a time.

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