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Increase productivity allowing engineers to co-design in their native environments

Why ECAD MCAD Co-Design is important

Electrical and mechanical disciplines have traditionally been separated. When working in different environments, it can be difficult to communicate, introducing significant friction and errors in the process.

Collaboration is recognised as an enabler for increasing productivity. With modern CAD tools and intelligent software, users are able to benefit from ECAD MCAD co-design, synchronising data, and collaborating between domains.

An efficient and effective ECAD MCAD co-design and collaborative process provide increased productivity by enabling what-if scenarios and allows engineers to co-design in their native environments.

ECAD MCAD Co-Design with Solid Edge

SiemensSolid Edge PCB Collaboration efficiently communicates design intent between ECAD and MCAD systems by allowing engineers to stay in their individual environments, with an intuitive 3D visualization of both the printed circuit board (PCB) and its enclosure. Fast and effective communication between domains enables companies to get products to market faster while keeping development costs low. The software displays a complete history of all exchanges that have taken place during collaboration and leverages an ecosystem of reference designs and libraries.

As an open, interoperable environment, Solid Edge PCB Collaboration can consume 3D models from industry-leading PCB environments that provide files in an incremental design exchange (IDX) file format. When used with Siemens PADS Professional or Xpedition environments, the tool provides automatic alignment and mapping of 3D models.

ECAD MCAD Co-Design with PADS Professional

PADS Professional offers powerful ECAD/MCAD co-design functionality that is easy to use and time-saving. It allows the mechanical engineer and the electrical engineer to work in their respective design tools while enabling easy data sharing between these tool environments.

PADS Professional MCAD Collaborator works with any MCAD tool that supports the industry standard IDX interface.

STEP models can be downloaded from a vendor's website and are also available from many free content providers. In addition, the mechanical engineer provides STEP models, created in his MCAD environment, for all mechanical components and individual parts such as screws, brackets, clamps and heatsinks.

ECAD MCAD Co-Design with Xpedition

Xpedition offers a platform for efficient collaboration between the ECAD and MCAD domains so they can optimize their electronics designs within tight form-factor constraints while still meeting quality, reliability, and performance requirements.

Xpedition Layout facilitates the communication of design data to mechanical CAD systems using a ProSTEP-approved data exchange standard. Designers are able to communicate between disciplines at any time or frequency, keeping participants in their respective system’s comfort zone.

ECAD and MCAD designers can collaborate from within their native environments, eliminating the need to learn new tools.

Visualization of the PCB and its enclosure within the layout environment allows designers to optimize the layout based on the mechanical and manufacturability constraints.

To clearly identify a proposed design change, designers highlight the proposed collaboration object within the 3D viewer before applying the modification in their design. Consistent, iterative communication ensures team synchronization.

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Ivano Tognetti


Product Manager

Ivano, at the forefront of electronics since
the 1980s, is Product Manager for the
EDA (Electronic Design Automation)
area. The management of projects in
various European countries gives him a
very wide vision of the market and its

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