Please tick the box to continue:


    Linda MazzitelliECAD Segment Solutions DirectorPTC

    MunichJan. 17 2019

  • ECAD/MCAD – Agenda

    • ECAD/MCAD Challenges • ECAD/MCAD Use Cases• Collaboration Considerations• Parasolid Format• Collaboration Data Flow• Demo• Roadmap• Summary

  • ECAD/MCAD – Compatibility Challenges

    • First CAD system: 1963• Modelled after manual drafting

    methods• Employed vector graphics• Surprisingly similar interface to

    today’s touch screens• Output was usually paper

    drawings or microfilmEngineer using Lockheed CADAM to design

    commercial airlinersEngineer using Lockheed CADAM to design

    commercial airliners

  • ECAD/MCAD – Compatibility Challenges

    Engineer using Lockheed CADAM to design commercial airliners

    • CAD systems for PCB and Schematic design began to appear in the 1970s

    • Altium (then Protel) released first product, Protel PCB in 1985

    • Output generally Gerber data for transferring to manufacturer

  • ECAD/MCAD – Industry Challenges

    Small enclosuresimpact placement, keepins, keepouts

    Assembly screw shortingelectrical connection on PCB

    Connectors and mounting holes must move together

    Avoiding collisions with other Board(s), Components, enclosures, etc…

    Ensuring rotation, orientation and mtg. holes are correct across all connectors

  • ECAD/MCAD – Design Challenges

    Collaboration Design Challenges– Synchronizing ECAD with MCAD

    • Typically working with two disparate tool sets and organizations• ECAD and MCAD have completely different vocabulary• Infrequent collaboration due to inability to easily see what changed• Manual communication (emails, PPTs, face-to-face)

  • ECAD/MCAD – Use Cases

    • Sharing initial board outline between domains• Typically MCAD owned, enclosure rules over all

    • Sharing critical object placement from MCAD to ECAD• MCAD owns connector locations, switches etc.• Boundaries, keep-in/keep-out• Mounting Holes

  • ECAD/MCAD – Current Collaboration


    Designers need ability to easily collaborate with each other!

  • ECAD/MCAD – Current Collaboration


    PROBLEMS WITH CURRENT CODESIGN• Speed: Can take hours to exchange• Accuracy: Incorrectly modeled or

    missing faces • Lengthy Setup: Adds time to


  • ECAD/MCAD – What if?

    There was a solution that could:

    • Reduce overall design cycle time by easily visualizing your ECAD designs in the context of the higher-level assembly?

    • Decrease time to market by providing more efficient communication of changes throughout the design process?

    • Increase quality by validating design integrity early and often?

    • Significantly decrease prototype re-spins by ensuring ECAD-MCAD data is in sync before it goes out the door?


    Altium Workspace

    Altium Plug-In

  • ECAD/MCAD – Methodology

    Model Transfer Methodology• Speed: Significant speed

    improvement• Reliability: Models are accurate

    and robust• Rapid Setup: Once plug-in

    installed, one click• You maintain control over your

    design with Accept/Reject Change capability

  • ECAD/MCAD Collaboration Example

    Collaboration with Creo Parametric– Visualize and immediately identify issues within a coordinated 3D environment– Evaluate and Propose incremental changes easily and efficiently– Review and Validate proposals in each domain before implementing– Accept/Reject proposed changes– Communicate updates electronically and save history with the design– Synchronize the results between MCAD and ECAD– Trace the decision process


  • ECAD/MCAD – Break the Barrier

    PCB Layout Mechanical

  • ECAD/MCAD – True Collaboration

    New Co-Design Abilities• Details available for true

    mechanical collaboration• Ability to send models with or

    without copper or other details to speed process

    • Changes can be sent either way with annotation and approval


    Mark ForbesDirector of Technical MarketingAltium

    San DiegoJan 17 2019

  • ECAD/MCAD – Sneak Preview

    Altium Designer Collaboration Capabilities

    • Collaborate with full 3D mechanical models• Details available for true mechanical

    collaboration• Ability to send files with or without copper

    or other details to speed process• Changes can be sent either way with

    annotation and approval

  • ECAD/MCAD – Sneak Preview

    Altium Designer 19 Collaboration Compatibility

    • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

    • PTC Creo

    • Autodesk Inventor

  • ECAD/MCAD – Collaboration in AD 19

    Altium Co-DesignSNEAK PREVIEW


  • ECAD/MCAD – Collaboration in AD 19

    • One-click collaboration• Improved transfer speed• Highly-accurate models using Parasolids• Allows simulation and accurate

    measurements• Compatible with 3 MCAD tools

    • Creo• SolidWorks• Inventor

  • Slide Number 1Slide Number 2Slide Number 3Slide Number 4Slide Number 5Slide Number 6Slide Number 7Slide Number 8Slide Number 9Slide Number 10Slide Number 11Slide Number 12Slide Number 13Slide Number 14Slide Number 15Slide Number 16Slide Number 17Slide Number 18Slide Number 19Slide Number 20Slide Number 21

Related Documents