We live in a 3D world (OK, four if you count time). Over a decade ago 3D made a comeback in cinemas. And in the world of engineering, most mechanical design engineers have worked in 3D for decades. But it’s only relatively recently that electrical/electronic engineers have been able to fully join the 3D world – and wow, what a difference it’s made!
CADSTAR Board Modeler Lite bridges the gap between electronic and mechanical design allowing the PCB designer to work in a 3D environment, enhancing the design flow by reducing the number of design iterations – clearance errors are avoided, accuracy is improved as part locations can be aligned precisely to the mechanical enclosure, and resources are optimized by bringing physical verification tools into the CADSTAR design environment.
We all like the job to be done for us. But the reality is that you’re nearly always stuck with just a few 3D models left to populate your board model, and they are nowhere to be found on the internet. Rather than accepting the less than accurate 2.5D extrusion for your chassis and collision analysis, you can use CADSTAR Board Modeler Lite to generate accurate models in minutes.
Did you know Board Modeler is a full 3D modeler for close collaboration with your MCAD department? Did you know it has been available with CADSTAR for many years? You can import or export mechanical constraints like chassis and heatsinks through STEP, ACIS (SAT), STL or simply IDF.
Who performs PCB design collision checking in your company? Is it the PCB designer, or do you simply pass it over to the mechanical engineers? Either way, you’ll find something to help you with our top three tips and tricks on collision checking.
When we analyzed our sales we saw that we have had equally strong uptake across all the CADSTAR variants. The recent introduction of CADSTAR Lite has proved tempting to many new users who were looking to step up the functionality of their PCB design tool, as well as being the perfect choice for companies just starting out with in-house PCB design.