PCB DESIGN BEST PRACTICES

ECAD/MCAD Co-Design

Efficient collaboration between ECAD and MCAD domains enables both to optimize their electronics designs within tight form-factor constraints while still meeting quality, reliability, and performance requirements.

Man using ECAD-MCAD software

ECAD/MCAD Co-Design Overview

It’s critical that ECAD and MCAD engineers collaborate throughout the entire product
design cycle, regardless of the design tools they use. A integrated ECAD/MCAD collaboration environment enables electrical & mechanical design teams to work together throughout the entire design process in real time

Key features

Collaboration with MCAD Systems

Xpedition Layout facilitates the communication of design data to mechanical CAD systems using a ProSTEP-approved data exchange standard. With this ECAD/MCAD collaboration, designers can communicate between disciplines at any time or frequency, keeping participants in their respective system’s comfort zone

Collaborate from within your environment

ECAD and MCAD designers can collaborate from within their native environments, eliminating the need to learn new tools.

3D visualization

Visualization of the PCB and its enclosure within the layout environment allows designers to optimize the layout based on mechanical and manufacturability constraints.

Preview proposed changes
To clearly identify a proposed design change, designers highlight the proposed ECAD/MCAD collaboration object within the 3D viewer before applying the modification in their design. Consistent, iterative communication ensures team synchronization.

ECAD/MCAD Co-design

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