Is 3D Electronics Design keeping up with today’s Trends?
For many years, the layout of a printed circuit board in 2D was sufficient for most mainstream technologies.
These requirements demand comprehensive 3D electronic design and visualization functions in ECAD systems. The layout engineer gains a better overview of complex technologies, e.g. placing components in intermediate layers.
A true 3D ECAD system allows engineers to work in 2D or 3D as needed to precisely design with the latest technology and respond to market demands in high-pressure business cycles. So can today’s CAD tools deliver on these requirements and harness the power of new technologies?
3D ECAD/MCAD Collaboration
While the MCAD industry has always been thinking in three dimensions, the ECAD industry has long been 2-dimensional. At Zuken, the world was no longer flat as far back as 2001. Since then, we have constantly upgraded and improved our 3D PCB design solutions.
The way electrical and mechanical design converge leaves little room for error. That’s why Design Force includes powerful ECAD/MCAD collaboration features. These support the import of mechanical enclosure as a STEP file, the optimization of component placement based on mechanical constraints, and product validation with 3D collision and clearance checks.
3D Electronics Design with Flex-Rigid Technologies
Rigid-Flex technology combines rigid and flexible PCBs into a single design.
Electronics from the 3D Printer
In addition to these well-established technologies, Zuken also supports innovative trends, such as printed circuit boards from the 3D printer.
CR-8000 Design Force generates all required data for 3D printing and supports direct export to manufacturing with no loss of integrity.
CR-8000 Design Force 2021 offers a wealth of new features and improved functionality. Check out the top benefits for PCB Designers in the newest release.
For many years, the layout of a printed circuit board in 2D was sufficient for most mainstream technologies. Today, however, product developers in the electronics industry are facing new challenges, triggered by megatrends such as the Internet of Things. Can today's CAD tools deliver on today's advanced requirements and harness the power of new technologies?
The BMWI is funding a multi-million Euro research consortium in the area of artificial intelligence research where Zuken is collaborating as one of the industry software partners.
EMC problems are often responsible for re-design cycles in PCB design practice. Due to ever shorter innovation cycles of for example cell phones or IoT applications, such as fitness trackers or smartwatches, and many other electronic products, these time-consuming re-design cycles should be avoided under all circumstances.