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Altium updates 3D PCB design tool to facilitate design reuse

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article image With this update, designers can open the folded model of a flexible PCB in mechanical design tools to ensure form and fit are correct

Altium Limited announces the latest version of the Altium Designer, its 3D PCB design tool with new updates facilitating design reuse and more efficient electronics design.

A global leader in Smart System Design Automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING), Altium Limited has announced the latest update to its signature PCB design software, Altium Designer 14.3.

The latest update comes in response to user community feedback and also delivers improved support in addition to new features.

Available to all subscription users, the new update will bring Altium users improved Component Variant Support, which will give them the ability to design the schematic and PCB for drop-in replacement and alternative parts. This provides sizeable productivity gains for product variants, while also making it easy to source and manage multiple alternative parts from the supply chain.

Altium Limited CEO, Aram Mirkazemi underlines the company’s commitment to deeply engaging with the user community and responding to their needs to continually improve the design software. He notes that they have released two additional updates incorporating the features and improvements sought by their customers since the initial release of Altium Designer 14.

To better support 3D rigid-flex designs, the new version features 3D STEP Export of rigid-flex PCBs in the folded state. Previously, 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 correct. 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 delivers improvements to schematic wire dragging, with development focused on maintaining connectivity while improving productivity.

Key features of Altium Designer 14.3 include: Productivity and speed improvements to Altium’s Interactive Routing Engine and Length Tuning tools; Automatic Component Rotation on Polar Grid for circular component placements; Improved via stitching and via shielding tools to reduce manual placement and editing of shielding vias; Improved internal layer usage for high density designs with automatic, unused PAD removal; Updated Mentor Graphics PADS and xDX Designer Importers to make it easier to incorporate and maintain existing legacy design IP.

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