Success Story

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.

Challenges

Once the physical characteristics of the board profile, keep-out areas and critical placements have been imported from the mechanical drawing and combined with design connectivity from the engineering schematic, the PCB  design engineer can start the layout process.

When the initial component placement is complete the design needs to be checked to ensure no physical constraints have been broken. This is easily verified by creating a simple 3D model in Board Modeler Lite, importing the enclosure as a constraint, and using the powerful checking tools to ensure no collisions have been created. If any violations are detected, changes can be made in the 3D environment and automatically back-annotated to the PCB layout.

If more accuracy is required the simple block models can be replaced by accurate 3D representations that can either be imported from the wide range of freely available parts or created in Board Modeler Lite using the built-in parametric model generator.

Board Modeler Lite

Board Modeler Lite is a unique, stand-alone solution that bridges the gap between electronic and mechanical design. It is the most effective design review tool available, displaying both electronic and mechanical information in a single environment. Board Modeler Lite reduces iterations between departments, decreases duplication of effort, and provides greater accuracy.

Malvern Instruments PCB Board Cover
Board Cover

Results

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  • The initial timescale was 36 months, but update has just been completed – 12 months ahead of schedule thanks in part to CADSTAR technology.
  • The Turret Control Computer now houses 98% less wiring than before.
  • Avoided costly mistakes and ensured the electronics fit the space constraints available.
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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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