Radica Software Partners with Onshape on Electrical CAD

Electra Cloud now available on Onshape’s app store to offer end-to-end solutions including 3D, electrical, pneumatic hydraulics and soon piping and instrumentation diagram.

Electra Cloud now available on Onshape’s app store to offer end-to-end solutions including 3D, electrical, pneumatic hydraulics and soon piping and instrumentation diagram.

Radica Software, developer of cloud-based electrical computer-aided design software (ECAD), has partnered with Onshape. Both companies have agreed to integrate their technologies to provide end-to-end drawing solutions for engineers around the globe.

The integration makes it easy and efficient for engineers to complete product designs using 3D CAD software together with Electra Cloud’s 2D electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic drawings, in real time, all within a single online platform on Onshape.

This offering is already available, and users can now subscribe to Electra Cloud directly from Onshape’s app store.

“We are thrilled to have collaborated with Onshape, especially when we both share the same values by providing fully cloud-based CAD solutions that will greatly benefit users and boost their productivity,” says Thomas Yip, CEO of Radica Software.

“Electra Cloud offers a perfect complement to Onshape,” adds Joe Dunne, head of Developer Relations from Onshape. “Our customers need the ability to add 2D schematics, logic diagrams and many other use cases that Electra handles very well. Using Electra Cloud, our customers will now be able to create and share smart schematics directly in their Onshape documents.”

Users may also share parts, designs and symbols so they can be reused throughout the entire company. T

“The world is seeing a rise in remote working due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” notes Yip. “So, it is crucial for workforces to be equipped with smart tools that designing project team members can use simultaneously regardless of their locations. This is where the partnership with Onshape plays a role during this tough time—making real-time collaborative work possible as well as it helps reduce errors and rework burdens for users.”

Future Plans

Onshape and Radica Software already have plans for deeper integration within the coming months. For example, users will be able to customize Electra Cloud with a plugin that will extract information from Onshape and automatically populate electrical drawings. Conversely, electrical drawings made on Electra Cloud can also insert parts into 3D Onshape drawings, for workflow management or even simulations.

The partnership with Onshape is the first for Electra Cloud since its launch in early 2020. Radica Software is also looking to widen its market reach through partnerships with other industry players around the world. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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