ECAD/MCAD Integration

CR-5000 Board Modeler

CR-5000 Board Modeler - SCREENSHOT

Board Modeler provides an optimized environment for the verification of PCB layouts within their mechanical environment, avoiding re-spins and costly production delays. It also automatically back-annotates any board and placement changes, as board outline and restriction areas, into the new or imported PCB design, so any required layout action, like re-routing, can be done easily.

Electronics Design in 3D

CR-5000 3D - ScreenshotWith Board Modeler the layout engineer can easily work in a 3D environment. The true component shape is now visible, rather than just showing items approximated as a cuboid or cylinder (2.5D). This is achieved by performing 3D conversions of footprint data, importing parts made by MCAD, or by using Zuken's online component database, which contains over 4.5 million accurately detailed 3D components. This enables the engineer to carry out floor planning, perform collision checks between the PCB housing, components or other PCBs; all working with the true 3D component shapes.

Board Modeler also eliminates duplication of effort between electronics and mechanical design by permitting the layout engineer to import board outlines, pre-placed parts and obstacles directly from mechanical CAD tools.

It automatically back-annotates any board and placement changes, as board outline and restriction areas, into the PCB design, whether new or imported, so any required layout action, like re-routing, can be done easily. Industry standard neutral file formats, including STEP, ACIS, STL and IDF, are used to bridge the gap to virtually any mechanical CAD system.

Physical Verification

CR-5000 Board Modeler - SCREENSHOTThe integration provided by Board Modeler also enables concurrent verification of designs through physical simulation. In the concurrent PCB design work flow, board layout structures, together with all material properties and electrical constraints, can be exported into popular numerical simulation tools for mechanical, electrical or thermal verification. Simulation results can be easily back-annotated into CR-5000 Board Designer for design modifications.