For the past decade, the STEP format has been instrumental in assisting in the collaboration between the MCAD and ECAD tools. But, STEP has it 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.
Nine Dot Connects will demonstrate the power of this tool. More so, it will be demonstrated with the M.E. in Houston, TX and the E.E. in San Diego, CA. A must see for those who want the ability to collaborate between tools and different locations.
Note: Even if you have little to do with the electrical aspect of the design, this webinar will give show you what is out there to make the collaboration between you and the electrical folks a little bit easier.