Recently, I was working on a project with an electronic design group and we decided to start the 3D modeling of the complete assembly to start some joint analysis with the mechanical engineering team. So we fired up Board Modeler and started to insert STEP models for the components and connectors on the board. As usual, I searched to see what models were already available in the existing mechanical library and we found most of the connectors, but luck was not on our side when we searched for the BGA or DIP packages (or for any board-level components) that matched the parts used on the board.
With Board Modeler the layout engineer can easily work in a 3D environment. The true component shape is now visible, rather than just showing items approximated as a cuboid or cylinder (2.5D). This is achieved by performing 3D conversions of footprint data, importing parts made by MCAD, or by using Zuken’s online component database, which contains over 4.5 million accurately detailed 3D components. This enables the engineer to carry out floor planning, perform collision checks between the PCB housing, components or other PCBs; all working with the true 3D component shapes.
The saying ‘information at your fingertips’ is about to take on a new dimension. Orion 18, a Braille-enabled computer was unveiled at Google I/O (Google’s Developer Conference) last month by one of our customers, LevelStar LLC.
Electro-mechanical Co-design Comes of Age: Merge and Verify Designs from Any PCB CAD and Mechanical CAD Environment
There are a number of packages out there to help you design your PCB, simulate how well it will work, and verify that it can be built. 3D mechanical design tools can help you design and model anything from a digital camera to an aircraft carrier while performing structural integrity and thermal checking throughout the design process.
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 ECAD and 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 cubical…and then what? You’ve probably also learned – the hard way – that reworking your designs over and over costs the company time AND money. We believe there are 5 key reasons why you should be viewing your electronics design in 3D and intend to demonstrate this in an upcoming webinar.