Electrical design


I was wondering if there are any 3rd party developers out there working on an electrical plug to aid in mechanical design. Something similar to AutoCAD’S electrical or SOLIDWORKS electrical.


Depending on what you’re aiming for u could do this using a the netlist from an electronics cad program and use it in grasshopper. I am indeed working on some scripts to fo this more easily. Developing gerber exporters seem to require a lisence though, but the format is quite straight forward to understand. What are trying to do more explicitly?


Just looking for something that is a bit automated to create 2d electrical schematics in Rhino. I use Rhino for mechanical design, the machines in these designs are some what complicated and use motors, pneumatics, switches, ect.

These machines also require controls documentation, and either I piece these together by cutting and pasting from previous schematics that I have created in Rhino or by using Microsoft Viso & electra e7 from Radica software. This works but Its not ideal.


Im not sure why you would want to use Rhino for drawing the schematics? The way I see it, the strength of Rhino is it’s potential to handle geometries, not lists. If I were you I would use a dedicated electronics-CAD program for drawing the schematic (ki-cad, eagle, altium, etc.) and then use the data from that process in GH to work with the actual board layout. If you’re creating “standard issue” board that will be hidden inside a casing, and not some experimental work, you’re probably better off doing the entire thing in a electronics-dedicated software.


I guess my response would be why not use it for electrical schematics. There are many different plugins for Rhino that enhance Rhino’s usefulness. If I need a design tool for piping, architecture, ship design, jewelry design, or even machining, these are available. I have the plugin RhinoCam that I use for 3d machining of molds and fixtures. It works with in the Rhino environment and it does this well at only a fraction of the cost of other cam software.

Rhino is very versatile that is why I use it. I can create a beautifully rendered machine; detailed down to the fasteners, guarding, and even painting schemes. Create the detail layouts to send to the shop floor to make the parts and pieces, and even create the tool paths to make those parts and pieces. All with one piece of software.

So if I can do all of this, why not have the ability to make a set of simple 2d electrical drawings.