Solid Edge PCB Collaboration

Solid Edge PCB Collaboration removes barriers between ECAD-MCAD environments by efficiently communicating design intent between domains while allowing engineers to stay in their individual environments. The software provides an intuitive 3D visualization of both the printed circuit board and its enclosure, enabling easy creation and export of PCB design intent.

A photo-realistic view of PCB components aids in accurate electromechanical product design.


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PCB Collaboration

  • Consume 3D models from industry-leading PCB environments using an open, interoperable environment
  • Easily create and export design intent for PCBs from MCAD environment
  • Efficiently transmit data bi-directionally between domains using IDX data format – transfer only data needed to propose changes
  • Use realistic 3D views of PCB components to aid in design development
  • Locate PCB components easily using a PCB pathfinder
  • View component properties with a simple click – no more searching for a part in a graphical environment
  • Automatically align and map 3D models from Mentor PCB products such as PADS Professional and Xpedition
  • Import copper data, in the form of sketches, from the electrical domain

Although Solid Edge PCB Collaboration works seamlessly with Solid Edge PCB Design, it is an open, interoperable environment that may also be deployed with other industry-leading PCB design software applications that use the IDX format for ECAD-MCAD collaboration. Solid Edge PCB Collaboration supports IDX 2.0 and 3.0.


See PCB Design and Collaboration in Action

Fully integrated 3D layout with placement, constraints, design rule checking (DRC) and photo-realistic visualization minimizes MCAD iterations. Solid Edge PCB Collaboration efficiently transmits data bi-directionally between ECAD and MCAD environments, enabling design aspects from the MCAD environment to flow to PCB Design for initial placement.

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