Tagged: Board Modeler

CR-5000 Board Modeler ScreenshotWith 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.

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Discovering New Uses for Board Modeler with MCAD Design

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.

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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.