Altium updates its 3D PCB design tool -

Altium updates its 3D PCB design tool

Just in time for DAC 2014, Altium Limited has just released the newest update to its 3D PCB Altium Designer for more efficient printed circuit board design.

The updated Version 14.3 offers improved Component Variant Support, which will give designers the ability to design the schematic and PCB for drop-in replacement and alternative parts.

According to Altium Limited CEO, Aram Mirkazemi, this provides sizeable productivity gains for product variants, while also making it easy to source and manage multiple alternative parts from the supply chain.

To better support 3D rigid-flex designs, the new version features 3D STEP Export of rigid-flex PCBs in the folded state. Previously, he said, MCAD designers had to model rigid-flex boards as sheet metal parts, which limited the accuracy of the design.

“With this update, designers can open the folded model of a flexible PCB in mechanical design tools to ensure form and fit are corre,” said Mirkazemi,. “In addition, they can run detailed analysis on the PCB, checking on connections and heat flow. “

Along with improved support for Variants and 3D STEP Export, Altium Designer 14.3 has improvements to schematic wire dragging, with development focused on maintaining connectivity while improving productivity. This includes improvements to the handling of overlapping wires, net labels and junctions.

In this version, he said, there were also improvments made in the Version 14.3's Interactive Routing Engine and Length Tuning tools., Component Rotation on Polar Grid for circular component placements, stitching and via shielding tools and its internal layer usage for high density designs with automatic.

Also updated was 14.3's Mentor Graphics PADS and xDX Designer Importers to make it easier to incorporate and maintain existing legacy design IP.

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