Collaborative Design with the Board Block Function in Design Force

Tech Tip: Unlock Collaborative Design with the Board Block Function in Design Force


In today’s fast-paced electronics design industry, maintaining a short design cycle is paramount to staying ahead of the competition. As we navigate the intricacies of this rapidly evolving field, one tool has consistently proven helpful in collaboration: the Board Block function in Design Force. This article dives deep into this feature’s advantages and how it stands apart from the Multi-Area Concurrent Design function. See a step-by-step guide on how to utilize it effectively and a video demonstration.

Key Advantages of the Board Block Function

  • Collaboration Efficiency: This function allows two or more designers to simultaneously work on the same board. This translates into faster design completions and more streamlined business workflows.
  • Flexibility: Another benefit is segmenting the board into as many pieces as necessary. This ensures every designer has a clear workspace.
  • Independence with Integration: While the Board Block function permits designers to work on separate board files, it is remarkably simple to reintegrate them into a finished board once the design phase concludes.
  • Cost-Effective: Unlike the Multi-Area Concurrent Design function, no additional licensing fees are tied to the Board Block function. Therefore, this makes it a cost-effective solution for design teams.

Creating a Board Block: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. First, navigate to the ribbon and select [Restriction/Block] – [Board Block] – Board Block (Option for Polygon or Rectangle).
  2. Once you design your desired shape, voila, a board block emerges.
  3. Then, head over to [Restriction/Block] – [Board Block] [Generate Child Board] [Divide Block] to set things in motion.

Reintegrating the Child Block Board into the Parent Board

  1. To begin with, select [Restriction/Block] – [Board Block] [Expand Board] [Expand Block].
  2. Then, choose the Board Block Area you desire and execute the command.

Lastly, don’t miss our accompanying video tutorial for those who prefer visual learning.

Brian Gilman
Brian Gilman
Applications Engineer
Brian Gilman is an applications engineer at Zuken USA. He started at Zuken in 2009 after spending over 20 years at Invensys.