MCAD CoDesigner

Built to address the challenges of electronic product design by enabling seamless
collaboration between your electrical and mechanical engineers.

Supported MCAD Tools
PTC Creo
CoDesigner works directly with electrical and mechanical data via a built-in panel within Altium Designer or Altium
NEXUS and a plug-in built into the MCAD application. No manual conversion and exchange of files required!

Stress-Free Collaboration

Fast and Manageable

CoDesigner provides fast results by only analyzing and applying design changes. You always maintain control by choosing which changes to apply.

Design in Context

CoDesigner enables you to work in the context of your device assembly with native MCAD data, which keeps your mechanical references healthy.

Focus on Engineering

Let CoDesigner deal with revisions and data formats, so you can focus on what truly matters – your design.

Key Capabilities

Board Setup

Set up the initial board geometry (incl. holes and cutouts) in MCAD (according to an enclosure) and transfer it to ECAD.


Place mechatronic components (like connectors, displays, and LED's) in MCAD and automatically place the corresponding full component footprints in ECAD.

Data Management

Automatically place all the components from a data management system on the MCAD side.

Copper Transfer

Transfer copper from ECAD to MCAD as a decal or as extruded bodies (eg for simulation purpose).

Silkscreen Transfer

Transfer a silkscreen from ECAD to MCAD as a decal.


Transfer changes to the board geometry and to the component placement back and forth. The receiving engineer can accept or reject any change.

Available with

* Altium Concord Pro on-premises requires additional licensing
from Dassault Systèmes in order to integrate with SOLIDWORKS.

Free access provided for all other supported combinations of ECAD and MCAD software.

Start Collaborating

Step 1

Open the MCAD CoDesigner panel in Altium Designer or the Collaboration Panel in Altium NEXUS client.

Step 2

Install the MCAD Plug-in