Enabling Fast PCB Development

White Paper

Enabling Fast PCB Development

When designing printed circuit boards (PCB) into products, coordination between mechanical and electrical engineers is critical. While this collaboration is important to the design of all electromechanical products, it is especially challenging when adding PCBs into products with only recently added electrical content. The ability or inability of teams to work seamlessly together impacts all stages of product development.

Communication and collaboration between domains is enhanced by working in an integrated 3D CAD environment. With an integrated 3D view of PCB layout, both mechanical and electrical engineers can immediately validate designs to identify over- and under-constrained areas, thereby freeing up real estate and reducing the number of potential electrical concerns.

This white paper, Enabling Fast PCB Development, describes ways of dealing with ECAD-MCAD collaboration issues in PCB design and the benefits of using 3D technology to enhance collaborative efforts between domains.

Effective ECAD-MCAD collaboration provides the following benefits:

  • Increases productivity
  • Improves design robustness
  • Increases collaboration and efficiency
  • Enables first-pass success

Being able to view and understand information in 3D enables the design of better PCB layouts from the start, both electronically and mechanically. With 3D design, the engineer has more control over design intent, better communication between engineering domains, and, ultimately, higher-quality designs.

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