View ECAD in 3D

5 Reasons Why Viewing Your Electronics Design (ECAD) in 3D Will Reduce MCAD Design Costs and Time to Market

If you’re a PCB designer, electrical engineer, or mechanical designer, you know that communication between electrical (ECAD) and mechanical (MCAD) departments can be tedious, and a real pain in the neck sometimes.  It’s almost like you finish your design, throw it over the wall into the next cubicle…and then just cross your fingers in hopes that everything fits together.  You’ve probably also learned – the hard way – that reworking your designs over and over costs the company time AND money.  But maybe what you don’t know is that it doesn’t have to work this way.

Here are 5 key reasons why you should be viewing your electronics design in 3D:

  1. Improve collaboration between mechanical and electrical engineering.
  2. Reduce design cycle time by minimizing iterations between design departments.
  3. Maximize the efficient use of available space in an electro-mechanical assembly.
  4. Utilize standard neutral file formats (IDF & STEP) to read PCB and mechanical files into Board Modeler.
  5. Check collisions, violations and problems in your design; resolve problems, and back annotate them into the respective systems in the same neutral file formats.

Enter CR-5000 Board Modeler, and a whole new way of working.  What’s really great about Board Modeler, is that it works with ANY of the popular PCB or Mechanical systems out there.  So if you’re using Cadence Allegro with Siemens NX, or Mentor Expedition with Dassault’s CATIA V5…or any other combination, we’ve got you covered.  If you’re using CR-5000 Board Designer, even better, because you already know what Zuken’s software is capable of.

Adding Board Modeler to the mix can help you take even the most complex, time consuming design process and streamline it.  Using neutral file formats like IDF and STEP, you move your designs through Board Modeler, streamlining data flow while checking for collisions, violations and other problems.  PCB and mechanical designers alike get an accurate virtual 3D view of the entire product, so you can see early on how a board and its components will fit into the enclosure and make the most of the space you have.  When you have this information up front, you can design it right – from the start – with far fewer errors and rework.

I invite you to join us for a free 35-minute webinar to see how Board Modeler can change the way you think about working with that engineer over in the next cube.

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With more than 25 years of service at Zuken and Racal-Redac, Amy is well-versed in the history of the company and aspects of the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. She has held positions in both the sales and marketing organizations during her tenure and now manages marketing communications. Her role encompasses a variety of disciplines including advertising, public relations, event management, and social media.

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