Before the invention of sophisticated ECAD and MCAD tools, manufacturers experienced difficulties trying to merge PCB designs with their own mechanical designs. Incompatibility between electrical components and mechanical designs meant that engineers spent a lot of type in the prototype testing stage. It was hard for electrical engineers to accurately view their designs from a mechanical design standpoint.

Collaboration between electrical and mechanical engineers has led to the development of all rounded design tools that enable electrical engineers to simulate their PCB designs on a mechanical layout. These tools have also enhanced communication between engineers hence less time and resources are spent in the product design phase.

Without Real ECAD/MCAD Collaboration, the world would be devoid of the following inventions that have made life much simpler.

1.     Electric Cars

The main motive that necessitated this invention was the need to spend less on fuel costs.  Scientists all over the world advocate the shift from fossil based fuel to electric energy because it’s safe to the environment and unlimited in nature. The engine concealed underneath the hood of an electric car consists of electrical components with greater efficiency and durability than standard engine components in your typical motor vehicle.

ECAD and MCAD collaboration has led to invention of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems which keep passengers safe while driving through minimizing skidding and drifting.

2.     Medical Robots

Robots rely on chips and complex PCB boards to receive and process commands. MCAD enables engineers to develop suitable physical components that enable the robot to execute commands precisely while minimizing energy consumption. ECAD and MCAD collaboration has led to the invention of medical robots which can perform minor surgeries, sanitize hospital wards and operating theaters, restore functions of amputated limbs and dispense medication to patients.

3.     Military Hardware

Armies all over the world rely on technology for various defensive and offensive operations. Technology has made it possible for militaries to fully attain their objectives without putting soldiers’ lives at risk in extremely hostile environments.  Drone aircraft can successfully spy and carry out deadly attacks discreetly while hovering above enemy territory.

Drones require multi-board PCB circuits to effectively receive and execute commands from remote base stations. ECAD and MCAD collaboration enables the drone to operate within full range while using energy efficiently.

4.     Industrial Manufacturing Equipment

Manufacturing involves rapid assembling and thorough testing to ensure the final product attains the manufacturer and clients’ standards. To equip a machine with these abilities, one requires several chips and transistors to input commands and activate various features.  ECAD enables electrical engineers to develop industrial machines that can perform numerous functions simultaneously.

Combining ECAD and MCAD has enabled engineers to develop manufacturing equipment that can operate for long durations without overheating.


Using a design tool that merges ECAD and MCAD on one platform will enable your design team to work efficiently because they will have the advantage of learning from accurate electrical and mechanical simulations.  This advantage will enable them to spend less time during prototype testing.

Learn more about Real ECAD/MCAD Collaborations and how you can use it to improve your component designs from these seasoned experts.