ECAD/MCAD Integration

CADSTAR Board Modeler Lite

CADSTAR Board Modeler Lite bridges the gap between electronic and mechanical design, enhancing the design flow by reducing the number of design iterations – clearance errors are avoided, accuracy is improved as part locations can be aligned precisely to the mechanical enclosure, and resources are optimized by bringing physical verification tools into the CADSTAR design environment.

CADSTAR Board Modeler Lite enables bi-directional data translation between CADSTAR and any 3D mechanical design system via the generic STEP or ACIS data format

Key Features
  • Create a fully detailed 3D model of your PCB design to enhance product documentation
  • Verify absolute clearance between components and mechanical fixings
  • Visualize entire complex assemblies to manipulate both electronic and mechanical design information in a single consistent environment.
Board Modeler Lite

Manipulating graphics in 3D is straightforward with a SpaceMouse®, while accurate positioning of items in all three axes can be achieved using the built-in align tool. This means PCB parts can be relocated to avoid potential clashes with other parts or the enclosure; dynamic clearance errors are displayed as items are moved and can display the exact point of conflict.

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Multiple PCBs can be converted and modeled together to conduct collision checks and measurements to verify the complete product, including mechanical items such as enclosures, connectors and cables.

Board Modeler Lite incorporates a Generator3D model wizard for electronic components, or components can be imported from a number of online resources.

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Malvern Instruments have benefited from CADSTAR Board Modeler Lite by enhancing data collaboration between ECAD and MCAD, and improving manufacturing data

As Electronics engineers we often perceive the electronics design encapsulated in the PCB assembly to be the core of the product. At Malvern Instruments, however, that is not the case as their advanced instruments are primarily mechanical in nature so the electronics forms a critical, but secondary, element of the finished product.

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Datasheet: CADSTAR Board Modeler Lite

Board Modeler Lite bridges the process between the MCAD and the ECAD design flow by offering a common platform to communicate between the two disciplines.

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    Creating Board Outlines

    Measuring Distances and Checking Clearances

    Creating 3D Part Models

    Running Batch Collision Checks

    Adding Mechanical Enclosures

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Board Modeler Lite

    Board Modeler Lite bridges the process between the MCAD and the ECAD design flow by offering a common platform to communicate between the two disciplines.

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    “Board Modeler Lite is a vital tool for us, as we design many boards for the mobile industry where devices need to be as thin as possible, meaning that tolerances are very tight. The boards themselves also need to follow the housing contour, with curves, indents and keep-out areas. We are able to test boards within the test fixture and Board Modeler Lite also allows us feed the exact 3D data from the PCB to the 3D design environment.”
    – Eero Leiononen, Director