3D for PCB Experts
For about a decade, PCB designers have
begun to look more earnestly at PCB design as a 3D problem. Boards and
components have to fit, after all, into the final assembly. ECAD vendors
have one by one seen the need and responded with various methods of
interacting between PCB design and the mechanical world. Still many
solutions leave questions in the minds of designers: What's the real
benefit of modeling the PCB in 3D? Why should I care, shouldn't that
be the MCAD designers problem? What's the best file format for working
between MCAD and ECAD? Why shouldn't we just stick with IDF? What information
is actually accessible in the MCAD system once the data is transferred?
How can we get the board right the first time from 3D mechanical data?
Ben is a Computer Systems and PCB Engineer with 25+ years of experience in PCB, embedded systems, and FPGA design, having picked up his first soldering iron at 8 years of age, and hand-etching his own PCBs at 12. He started out at Altium as a senior applications engineer in 2004, traversing roles since as Field Applications Engineer, Tech Support Manager (USA), Product Marketing, and CircuitMaker evangelist before arriving at his current station as Sr. Product Marketing Manager for Altium Designer. He is an avid tinkerer and is passionate about the creation of electronic devices of all kinds. Ben holds a Bachelor of Engineering (CompSysEng) with First Class Honors from the University of Southern Queensland.