Altium Limited is partnering with Desktop EDA to provide PCB designers improved ECAD and MCAD integration with Dassault SolidWorks, Siemens Solid Edge and Autodesk Inventor.
Altium Limited is a global leader in Smart System Design Automation and provider of advanced 3D PCB design solutions (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING). The new collaboration with Desktop EDA will provide designers with advanced ECAD and MCAD integration.
The new add-on application, Desktop EDA SolidWorks Modeler and the IDF Modelers are currently available for Altium Designer.
Daniel Fernsebner, Director of Technical Partnerships for Altium explains that the partnership with Desktop EDA extends Altium’s market-leading position as a native 3D PCB design system provider. He adds that Desktop EDA apps for Altium Designer focus on bringing greater productivity to mechanical designers working with PCB designs.
The extension apps for Altium Designer and their companion plug-ins form a bridge between the ECAD and MCAD design worlds, greatly increasing productivity through the full synchronisation capabilities between the target applications.
SolidWorks Modeler for Altium Designer
By transferring data directly between Altium Designer and SolidWorks programs running on the same PC, designers need not use intermediate files to synchronise design changes and facilitate engineering change orders (ECO), eliminating translation issues, saving time and providing a more detailed model of the PCB design in SolidWorks.
By including PCB copper layers in the transfer, the design in SolidWorks can then be used as a starting point for more advanced mechanical CAD operations, such as thermal simulation.
IDF Modeler for Altium Designer
Desktop EDA’s advanced IDF modeler app for Altium Designer allows users of the native 3D PCB design system to export and import a rich, complete model of the 3D PCB in the industry standard IDF file format. Also having the companion Desktop EDA plug-in for the target MCAD design tool saves teams time, as they have full synchronisation features as well as PCB copper design elements.
Companion plug-ins are also available for Dassault SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, and Siemens Solid Edge.
Desktop EDA apps for Altium Designer are available through Altium Sales channels.