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Why should this interest you?
For the past decade, the STEP format has been instrumental in assisting in the collaboration between the MCAD and ECAD tools. But, STEP has its limitations. Those who have imported STEPs from ECAD tools know that there is work to be done to make the visual representations of a component act as such. Conversely, the ECAD tools are simply not capable of discerning any features within the STEP file other than the geometries. It all comes in as one representation. Yes, the tools can talk, but not without a lot of e-mails and clean up.
SOLIDWORKS has introduced their printed circuit board tool called SOLIDWORKS PCB. The power behind this tool is its ability to communicate with SOLIDWORKS in near real time, allowing the mechanical and electrical elements of the design to be worked out without importing / exporting STEPs or spending hours trying to clean up.
If you have little to do with the electrical aspect of the design, this webinar will show you what is out there to make the collaboration between you and the electrical folks a little bit easier. Need some convincing? Take a look at the blog below!
Blog – Who Really Owns the PCB Layout?
One would think that the title of this article should be a no-brainer. The fact of the matter is that the ownership of this vital aspect of electronic design is not only cloudy, but it will become murkier in the next 10 years. This murkiness is also an opportunity for mechanical engineers who aren’t afraid to expand their horizons.
In order to understand the current climate, we have to look at the division of labor that took place in electronic design about 40 years ago. The labor was divided into two processes, with the first being the design itself. This process was (and still is) owned by the electrical engineers.
Though circuit design has changed, the methods for representing the circuit have not. Electrical engineers were designing circuits with discrete components such as transistors, amplifiers, resistors, capacitors, diodes, etc. They did not concern themselves with the physical details. They would call out values and key characteristics of the components. All of this design was and still is represented in an abstract form, meaning, the components are drawn using symbolic representations and the schematic drawings are dimensionless…
CAD and Process Consultation
Saving time and money always sounds like something we want. The first step to doing that is understanding the value of your SOLIDWORKS. Unitec is here to help you do so! Take advantage of our CAD and Process Consultation which will help you understand what your current SOLIDWORKS already offers. With that you’ll be able to increase your usability and understand how you can better improve your process with the right tools.
So where do you start? It’s simple. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Greg Wilkman. He will gladly meet with your engineering team to discuss your current CAD, what exactly you can do with it and how you can better utilize the software to improve your process for a more seamless CAD experience, lower your costs, and achieve a faster time-to-market. Don’t waste anymore money, contact us now!
Owning SOLIDWORKS is Easier than Ever
Unitec makes it easy to purchase SOLIDWORKS with our financing options! You can pay for your license(s) overtime to ease the pain of paying all at once. With financing you are able to acquire licenses that you want now and customize your payment plan to match your current cash flow without having to affect your bank line of credit! Don’t wait any longer, get SOLIDWORKS stress free today!
Manufacturing Workshop – April 20 and May 18
April 2, 3, 9, 10
May 7, 8, 14, 15
June 11, 12, 18, 19
April 16, 17
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