BIM Collaborate Pro – Overview Webinar

Join us, along with Autodesk’s Paul Hewitt & Jonathan Brookfield (of Tech Data) to learn all about BIM Collaborate Pro (formally BIM 360).

BIM empowers teams with the coordination tools they need to avoid misalignment, catch errors earlier, and save money. Data is captured across project lifecycles and displayed in powerful dashboards that shine a light on project issues, transparency, and the completion status of major milestones.

In the webinar we discuss;

  •    Overview of the Autodesk Construction Cloud offerings
  •    What is BIM Collaborate Pro?
  •    BIM Collaborate vs BIM Collaborate Pro
  •    Seamless data throughout the lifecycle
  •    Autodesk Docs functionality
  •    Communication: Managed Collaboration & Model Collaboration module

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Inventor Model States

Inventor Model States is a powerful new workflow that has been added to the new Inventor release. Model States let you create manufacturing states, simplification levels, and more in the same part or assembly file.

Inventor Model States

At the same time, Model States represent the implementation of some of the most highly requested functionality In Inventor. You can now create multiple representations of a part or assembly within a single document.

This new workflow provides a convenient way to engineer, manage, and manufacture your designs, as variations exist in one file, thus, there is no need to worry about breaking associations between files.

Use Model States to represent:

  • Manufacturing stages
  • Simplification levels
  • Product families
  • Adjustable or flexible parts

Each Model State can contain different:

  • Dimensions
  • Features
  • Components/Bill of Materials
  • iProperties
  • Parameters

By changing the Edit Scope toggle in the browser, you can decide if edits apply only to the active member or all members.

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What can I do with Model States in Parts?

Model States in Parts

Use part model states to capture manufacturing processes, create part families, create adjustable and flexible parts, or create simplified versions of a part.

Each Model State can have unique parameters, properties, and suppression states.

Sheet metal parts also benefit from model states. By using Model States you can now create configurations with unique folded features and flat patterns.

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What can I do with Model States in Assemblies?

What can I do with a Model State?

You can use an assembly model state to create and capture:

  • Assembly variations and families of components
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Assembly stages
  • Assembly level features
  • Substitutes
  • Simplified assemblies
  • Unique weldment preparation, weld, and machining features

    Introducing Inventor Model States


You can select a model state when creating a drawing view. A Parts List displays the selected model state members and their iProperties.

Inventor Model States

A view created from a Substitute model state reflects the state of the substitute part in the drawing view.

Lastly, please note: If you need separate files that can be managed and released, consider using iParts and iAssemblies.

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BIM Collaborate Pro – Revit to Collections | On-demand Webinar


Image result for bim collaborate proBIM Collaborate Pro is the only Civil 3D, Revit and AutoCAD Plant 3D collaboration solution on the 
market that connects your teams, data, and workflows, while delivering powerful insights. BIM Collaborate Pro, previously BIM 360 Design, includes all BIM Collaborate features plus real-time co-authoring, and is for design authors who require anytime, anywhere co-authoring access in Revit, Civil 3D, and AutoCAD Plant 3D.

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Digital Transformation is happening at an unprecedented pace. Accelerated by the move to remote work, and yet in AEC, teams, processes, and data remain disconnected. So where do we start? We start with BIM. Putting data at the centre, with cloud-based collaboration technologies. We then bring design and coo-ordination teams together. By connecting BIM data with construction workflows, on a common data environment. We enable anytime, anywhere access to the design tools you love to use. Generating powerful insights to drive better decision-making. For the first time ever, Autodesk connects all of this together with BIM Collaborate Pro.

In AEC, teams, processes and data can be disconnected, presenting barriers to collaboration. But it doesn’t have to be that way. When you connect people, workflows, and insights in the cloud, you can co-author in real-time, use project data to make informed decisions, and get teams on the same page. With data at the center, deliver better quality, more constructible designs – made possible with Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro.

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What’s New for AutoCAD 2022 | On-Demand Webinar

What’s New for AutoCAD 2022 |  In this webinar we shall be taking you through the different toolsets AutoCAD has to offer and summarise what tasks they are best suited for. The webinar is divided into three categories; CAD Automations – looking at how the toolsets can help improve your workflows; Seamless Connections – identifying how your teams can be connected by the cloud and using mobile device solutions; and Continuous Innovation – guiding you through the new features included in AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.


  • Learn about the different AutoCAD solutions for desktop, web, and mobile device working
  • Learn about the new features included in both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2022
  • Learn how cloud applications within AutoCAD 2022 are driving change

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Product Design and Manufacturing Collection | On-demand Webinar

Download our AutoCAD focused webinar, where we will explore the benefits of Autodesk’s Product Design & Manufacturing Collection

In this webinar, we will be running through the key benefits available today within the Product Design and Manufacturing Collection.  The Autodesk collection includes a portfolio of products designed to enhance product performance, increase innovation and shorten overall time to market

AutoCAD 2D design still has a place in many manufacturing companies and throughout this webinar we will take a look at some of the tools which can help us achieve the fore mentioned with ease.

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In this webinar you will learn:

  • How to leverage AutoCAD 2D Drawings in a 3D Workflow
  • Learn about some of the key theologies available with Product Design and Manufacturing
  • Understand the need for change
  • Make Better products faster

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PDM: The Essential Foundations of Good Design Webinar

Do you have the essentials for good design? Is PDM a priority for your design flow?

Think of all the essentials you rely on daily: your home, your phone, your refrigerator. Now, think about your design and engineering work and all the essential tools you rely on. Is Autodesk Vault PDM on your list? If you’re not using Vault for product data management, it’s likely that you don’t know why you should—because people who use Vault can’t imagine being as productive without it.

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Vault Data ManagementDuring this webinar, you will learn why Autodesk Vault is essential to effective design by helping you achieve such benefits as:

  • Fewer product errors
  • Faster processes
  • Reduction in lost documentation
  • Faster response times

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Why use Outsourced PCB Prototyping Services?

Outsourcing services to experienced and talented teams, like ours at Quadra, will save you time and money. Our PCB prototyping services remove your frustrations and prevent feelings of stress as we guide you through the process as expertly as we can.

But what if you are an established manufacturer with a continuous production line, broad in-house capabilities to manufacture fully populated PCB’s and have the resources to create your own BOM and manage the process from start to finish?

You’ll still benefit, and here’s how.

Collaborating with us, and deploying our turn-key services, will ensure that your production line runs optimally and doesn’t have to stop to make a small prototype batch of the next big thing. This is crucial to your efficiencies and ultimately to the health of your bottom line.

We have 22 years of experience in PCB design and outsourcing production services. Our skilled engineers work with a broad range of clients amassing real-world experience. The supply partners that we have established are closely managed by our team and are fully approved under industry-standard assessment schemes.


You’re an entrepreneur with a vision and need someone to make sense of it?

No problem, we’re all ears. As soon as you can, tell us your plans and we’ll pull your ideas together and turn them into a physical working model.


The importance of understanding the PCB Prototype Quote Process

We completely understand that the best part of the process is when our customers take delivery of their manufactured prototype. Getting the quote is all too often seen as a complex and laborious task. But, when you understand the process, and know the elements that go into it, then you may just get excited that bit earlier.

Knowing the purpose of the quote

The purpose of a quote for a PCB assembly is to establish costs, timescales, and details on what to expect when the product is completed. In contrast, the purpose of a quote for a PCB prototype is to identify the design’s manufacturability and any modifications that may be required prior to the circuit boards being mass-produced.

The three stages of the PCB prototyping quote process

When you break the process down, you’ll discover that there are three main phases: the Design Generation phase, the Design Package Evaluation phase and the Quote Generation phase.

The first two phases require collaboration from both parties as there are essential back-to-back communications to ensure the desired outcome. This is where knowledge of the process comes in handy to accelerate the process and to experience fewer challenges along the way.

  1. The Design Package Generation Phase: This is where you, the client, provide us with as much detail and documentation as possible. The more detailed data you have the better. Our experts can then check the feasibility of the request, ask for more information if necessary, and then start work on designing your prototype and draw up a draft.

Example data:

  • Schematics, or PCB layout if they already exist.
  • Footprint details of the desired finished PCB if applicable.
  • Connectivity and any constraints, again if applicable.
  • Approvals that must be met.
  • Any RFI or other environmental considerations.
  • (BOM) bill of materials.
  • Will anything be free issued and how (on reels) or loose, etc.

You’ll receive preliminary plans at this stage for approval. Once approved we move onto phase 2.

  1. Design Package Evaluation: This stage sees us deep-diving into the feasibility of the end design. Using our team of experienced engineers and planners with industry-leading software such as CADSTAR and Autodesk our team have the tools and the skills to quickly evaluate the whole project. If there are any errors, they will be identified during this phase and be addressed. Our team can also pressure test the supply chain and costing models for your BOM.
  2. Quote Generation. This is the final phase.


How to get an accurate quote with less stress

  • Effective communication is key. To realise your vision there must be regular communication. Plus, you’ll gain clarity during each stage of the quoting process and stay in control of your design.
  • For additional clarity, all documentation is kept up to date with dates, terms and conditions, expenses and the components used.
  • Gain confidence by doing some research yourself if you feel it necessary. We’re more than happy for you to do your own fact-finding to check the quality of the materials and components that we propose.
  • If you need to chat through your initial requirements for PCB prototyping and see if we’re a good fit for your needs, please get in touch with us.

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New Functionality in eCADSTAR 2021 – Creepage Checks

The creepage check within eCADSTAR’s PCB editor is a powerful tool and is so much more than a basic clearance check.  The voltage difference can also be changed based on requirements for a voltage difference range.  The flexibility and sophistication is down to the user control.



Creepage Check in Action

In this design I have maximized the input voltage to 600V at the power connector of our demo PCB Design, The first thing we need to do is define the voltage of the signals in the constraints browser. This is used in combination with the design rules to create the appropriate spacing to avoid creepage issues. In this demonstration, we will be focusing on the 600V signal.

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Then in the Rule editor, there is now a new “voltage difference” tab Here is where we define the creepage rules. Here I have defined 3 clearance tables External_Coated, External_uncoated and Internal. These Rules are based on IPC standards which provides a formula for adequate clearances regarding creepage, you can use the formula or enter a defined value. This is therefore a clearance that varies with voltage difference but can also vary within a range of thresholds, making this a sophisticated solution for creepage rules. it is also a decision for the user if the voltage values are defined as RMS or Peak, as it is to define the voltage thresholds and values within the formulae.

Creepage Checker

From the report tab we can invoke the creepage checker. You can set a search distance around what is selected for a creepage check. eCADSTAR will check-in X Y & Z and even around the edges of the PCB

Once you have selected a signal, net, or the entire board a results dialogue will appear where you can filter by caution and fail results.

We can see from the results, creepage issues exist, creepage distance on the same external layers, for the 600V signal. 

The error line is helpful as it is a guidance as to where we need to rectify the creepage failure, in this example we will take the traditional approach of inserting a slot in between the signals, Using eCADSTAR’s slot command. You can see that this slot is not long enough to rectify the problem and the error line now shows a different path signal to signal. We can easily increase the slot length from the properties tab.

We can now see those violations have been resolved, we can also check the creepage path through this slot from layer 1 to 4.


So, what are the Key Benefits of the Creepage checker?

  • Powerful and advanced creepage design and check
  • Design right and with advanced creepage design rules
  • Reduce iterations and design re-work
  • Powerful rules specified to voltage difference, beyond traditional clearance
  • Clearance varies with voltage difference, as opposed to discrete values
  • Creepage design consideration integrated within design rules
  • Efficient and productive design environment
  • Improve design review efficiency
  • Creepage checks reduce overall design time and improve quality
  • Design and verify to IEC 62368-1 from the outset and during design process

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  • PCB DE64-bit computing
  • Mouse and touch screen operation
  • Powerful graphics, enabling users to design in a native 3D environment
  • Advanced Collaborative design, allowing design activities to occur concurrently
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  • Multi-core processor

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Quadra Solutions’ guide to PCB track length matching in high-speed design

To maximise the performance of a circuit design, the implementation of track length matching is key. In any circuit design, an electronic signal takes a certain amount of time to travel along the conductor to reach its end destination. It is crucial to identify the sections of a printed circuit board (PCB) design that requires length matching to guarantee that the signals arrive with accurate timing.


Track length matching is normally thought of as in pairs, but it also applies to buses with single-ended signals and differentially-driven buses. As CPU peripherals and other digital systems require faster-operating speeds, the propagation delays in a high-speed system, places tight tolerances on the allowed track length in a conductor carrying digital signals.

This article explores Quadra’s best practices for applying track length matching.

PCB track widths

So, what is Track length matching?

As the name suggests this is the laying out of a design that matches the lengths of two or more PCB tracks, also known as traces. These groups could be one of the following:

  • Single-ended tracks routed in parallel.
  • Differential pairs.
  • Multiple differential pairs in parallel.
  • Clock signals in either single-ended or differential pairs in parallel.


PCB tracks carrying digital signals do not necessarily need to be perfectly length matched. With copper surface layer tracking there will always be an amount of jitter on the rising edge, preventing signals routed in parallel to be perfectly length matched. The end goal is to reduce the length or timing mismatch below limiting values. The allowed length mismatch and timing mismatch are related to the signal velocity.


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How do you know what track length is optimum?

Component datasheets, signalling standards and interface standards are key. There is so much standardisation these days that most high-speed components use one of the many signalling standards. Manufacturers should always have impedance and routing specifications available.

A length mismatch can also be converted to a timing mismatch using signal velocity, although extreme care must be exercised when selecting the velocity of a digital signal. Modern digital signals, generally run with edge rates much less than 1 ns, will have bandwidths reaching into the high GHz, and will only tolerate very small mismatches. Dispersion in the PCB substrate causes the signal velocity to vary with frequency. For example, FR4 exhibits normal dispersion below ~1 GHz, so lower frequencies will arrive at the receiver earlier than higher frequencies.


Clock Signals

Using system clocks to trigger every device in a chain of components is extremely difficult in large designs. This is, in part, due to the fact that each integrated circuit has different logic gate delays and rise timing. Typically, modern digital components use source synchronisation or embedded clocks. For embedded clocks signals it is best practice to route a track alongside the parallel data track. The clock tracks also need to be length matched to other data tracks.


Track length matching to prevent skew on parallel data buses

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Skew simply refers to a timing mismatch between the rising edges of two or more digital signals in a parallel bus. The signal propagating on the shortest trace will arrive earliest, triggering a downstream gate before the other signals on the bus. eCADSTAR allows you to define buses and differential pairs at the schematic stage, enabling you to enforce track length matching your layout which will keep any skew within tolerable limits.


Length matching in multiple single-ended nets is straightforward. Adding tuning structures to all tracks on the bus ensures they are the same end length.

If you have multiple differential pairs carrying parallel data, each differential pair must be matched, and the pairs then need to be matched to each other.


What About Analogue Differential Signals?

Analogue signals can also be routed as differential pairs; however, it is less common even at very high frequencies. Some manufacturers offer differential op-amps for high GHz bandwidth allowing for easier routing of analogue signals around a board.

Analogue differential signals require accurate length matching, just like digital differential signals. The difference is that analogue differential signals resemble 3-phase AC wiring, where an adjacent analogue ground plane is used as a reference for both ends of the pair. While digital signals do not explicitly need a ground plane, placing a ground plane adjacent to the digital differential pair is beneficial for the reasons outlined above.

eCADSTAR – Built to Help You Deliver Results

  • PCB DE64-bit computing
  • Mouse and touch screen operation
  • Powerful graphics, enabling users to design in a native 3D environment
  • Advanced Collaborative design, allowing design activities to occur concurrently
  • 2D and 3D environments
  • Multi-core processor

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