Prostep EDMD Workflows

There are three typical workflows for SOLIDWORKS designers using Prostep EDMD files:
  • Sending Prostep EDMD file information for a new board to an ECAD designer:
    1. Designing a new board in SOLIDWORKS and exporting it to CircuitWorks or opening an existing ECAD file in CircuitWorks
    2. Converting the ECAD file to Prostep EDMD
    3. Sending the ECAD file to your ECAD designer, either by syncing with a shared folder or by sending the files by email
  • Sending proposed changes to a board from a Prostep EDMD file to an ECAD designer:
    1. Modifying a board in SOLIDWORKS and exporting it to CircuitWorks
    2. Sending the proposed changes to the Prostep EDMD file to your ECAD designer, either by syncing with a shared folder or by sending the files by email
  • Importing Prostep EDMD file that has changes proposed by an ECAD designer, approving or rejecting those changes, and sending decisions back to the ECAD designer:
    1. Opening the Prostep EDMD file in CircuitWorks
    2. Viewing the EDMD Report dialog box to see notes from the ECAD designer
    3. Accepting or rejecting the proposed changes
    4. Building the model in SOLIDWORKS
    5. Making proposed model changes in SOLIDWORKS
    6. Exporting the model to CircuitWorks
    7. Sending the review results and any new proposed model changes to your ECAD designer, either by syncing with a shared folder or by sending the files by email

These workflows are integrated with the options you set in CircuitWorks Options > Prostep/EDMD.

Each time you sync your Prostep EDMD data with your ECAD designer you are prompted to add messages that explain your decisions and proposed changes.