Bridge the gaps between traditional ECAD and MCAD software with a truly unified electronics and mechanical software platform.

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What is ECAD MCAD?

ECAD (electronic computer-aided design) software is used to design and create electronic structures. MCAD (mechanical computer-aided design) software is used to design and create mechanical systems.

In order to design intelligent products that integrate electrical and mechanical characteristics, it is vital that our design and engineering workflows are also integrated. ECAD and MCAD need to work together to enable true interoperability.

Benefits of ECAD MCAD collaboration

  • bi-directional workflows


    Fusion 360 enables ECAD and MCAD designers to work natively and independently on the same design project and within the same design management platform. You never have to integrate any third-party software, translate, exchange or export STEP, XDF or IDF files, ever.

  • cloud-based data management


    Fusion 360 offers a complete online experience for PCB, mechanical and data management, ensuring every stakeholder is part of the product development cycle. Design changes are automatically managed enabling you to revise your board shape, component placement update or modified enclosure.

  • single sourced library


    With both ECAD and MCAD working on the same Fusion 360 platform with one dataset, 3D PCB data such as board copper, core material and components can be analysed, verified and validated on the MCAD side to ensure that they meet the product design specifications.

Getting started in ECAD MCAD collaboration

  • design your pcb

    Electronics Design

    Comprehensive full-featured electronics tool for your schematics, PCB, simulation, library management, manufacturing and more.

  • convert 2d to 3d

    Mechanical Design

    Fully functional and powerful 3D design and modelling, including PCB integration, sketching, rendering, sheet metal and assemblies.

  • integrate pcb with mechanical design


    Easy to use yet powerful e-cooling simulation to verify and validate the thermal design of your printed circuit board (PCB) early and often.

Fusion 360 for MCAD

Fusion 360 is the first 3D CAD, CAM and CAE tool of its kind. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform.

Do your actions match your ambitions for success?

Get the right tools to achieve your new possible. Extensions amplify the functionality of Fusion 360 by unlocking advanced capabilities for machining, additive manufacturing, generative design, nesting and fabrication. Discover Fusion 360 extensions.

Free ECAD MCAD software


    Fusion 360 offers free use to qualifying start-up and hobbyist makers through a 3-step verification process.

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Resources for ECAD and MCAD

Get started with ECAD and MCAD with these tutorials, guides, tips and tricks.

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