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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We specialise in PCB design software and solutions. Quadra is one of the largest PCB bureaus in the UK and helps support hundreds of businesses throughout the UK and beyond with PCB design projects. We have the knowledge that helps companies embed, enhance and extend their design flow.

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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.

pcb Creepage

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

For more about eCADSTAR 2021 click here

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

For more information about eCADSTAR please contact us

More about Quadra Solutions

Quadra Solutions Ltd specialise in design and data management software solutions for the manufacturing, construction, engineering and PCB design industries. Quadra is an accredited training centre and specialists in  PCB design.  Our software solutions, consultancy, training and technical support are some of the best in the industry. With a wealth of experience and knowledge, Quadra specialises in helping businesses adopt efficient and effective design workflows, innovate and embed data management solutions. We pride ourselves on our consultative approach to working with customers as their technology partner. For more information about Quadra please contact us.

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Did you miss the “What’s New for eCADSTAR 2021” Webinar?

Did you miss the “What’s New for eCADSTAR 2021” Webinar?

eCADSTAR PCB design software 2021 release is here. eCADSTAR 2021 benefits from greater functionality and efficiency-enhancing tools to help support your PCB design. Join the webinar to find out more about how eCADSTAR is adding to its time-saving tools and providing with you more functionality and improved features to make your designs better.

What’s New for eCADSTAR 2021  – Webinar

The webinar will cover:

  • New Creepage Check feature
  • SPICE Controller feature to enable the Schematic application to interface with LTspice
  • RINF & EDIF Import
  • and many more exciting enhancements

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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

For more information about eCADSTAR please contact us

More about Quadra Solutions

Quadra Solutions Ltd specialise in design and data management software solutions for the manufacturing, construction, engineering and PCB design industries. Quadra is an accredited training centre and specialists in  PCB design.  Our software solutions, consultancy, training and technical support are some of the best in the industry. With a wealth of experience and knowledge, Quadra specialises in helping businesses adopt efficient and effective design workflows, innovate and embed data management solutions. We pride ourselves on our consultative approach to working with customers as their technology partner. For more information about Quadra please contact us.

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What’s new for eCADSTAR 2021 | PCB Design Software

This has been a time of change for everyone. In 2021, some things will be as they were before, but some will be different. In the world we live in now, you need fully-connected, efficient PCB Design Software.

What’s new for eCADSTAR 2021 | PCB Design Software

Check Creepage Rule Compliance in 3D

 

eCADSTAR2021 2D clearance

Check for creepage in 3D based on voltage differences and standards (eCADSTAR Advanced 3D and Ultimate only).2D clearance is always less than or equal to 3D clearance; but working to 3D creepage rules means you can design more densely, because clearance is measured by its true path. For example, making a slot in the PCB can allow other components to be placed more closely to a high-voltage avalanche diode bias supply.

electrical safety_eCADSTAR2021

Check electrical safety. Particularly important for designs with high-voltage routing such as LIDAR. Cross-probe to the canvas and view in 2D or 3D with traffic-light Pass, Caution, Fail color coding. 
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SPICE Simulation Control

Control SPICE simulation from Schematic EditorThe eCADSTAR SPICE controller will provide a tightly integrated engineering solution for easy simulation of analog circuits within eCADSTAR Schematics, making eCADSTAR a single point for PCB design and simulation. Engineers will be able to view graphical waveforms, conduct what-if analysis, change discrete component values and sweep simulation parameters using an embedded version of the free high-performance simulation software LTspice from Analog Devices.

eCADSTAR PCB Design Software | Productivity Improvements

Integrate external applications, adding them to the Quick Access Toolbar, so you can launch them without leaving eCADSTAR. eCADSTAR_2021.0_reportNow, if you select “Open Report in Excel”, a report in Comma-Separated-Values format called “report.csv” is opened as a spreadsheet, replacing multiple steps with just one.
You could already configure your own reports. Now make them accessible directly from eCADSTAR.Once you add the path to a user report parameter file (.prgx), you can select it for generation from a dropdown list.
user report parameter file_eCADSTAR2021.0

You can decide where to access user commands, both when you create them and when you edit them.
When you add or edit a user command, you can decide where to make it available for selection.
Now you can select power, ground, sheet connector, hierarchy connector and global signal symbols directly on the ribbon.hierarchy connector_eCADSTAR_2021
You can select symbols directly on the ribbon in Schematic Editor – a great time-saver, because engineers use these symbols a lot – often many times, even on the same sheet.

DXF drawing data

Now you can import DXF drawing data created by mechanical CAD systems in both Library Editor and Schematic Editor.DXF is a widely-used industry format in mechanical graphics applications. You may already have logos or symbols in that format. Now you can import them instead of redrawing them.

unique design-related information

Keep design information directly within schematic design data for reliable future reference. Enter unique design-related information directly with automatic recording of creation and modification times.
Customize sheet number format. Customize sheet numbering format and reflect block hierarchy.

enriched cross-reference information

Configure and display enriched cross-reference information on sheet connectors.You can configure the cross-reference format from the ribbon.
 
Optionally omit “I” and “O”

Optionally omit “I” and “O” from zone letters to conform to standards or to avoid confusion with one and zero.You can omit characters “I” and “O” from zone letters if you wish.
Import EDIF schematic data.Import EDIF 200 data so you can re-use IP from more external sources.

 

eCADSTAR PCB Design Software | Usability Improvements

Save and load views in Schematic Editor

 

Measure true 3D distances_eCADSTAR2021

Change angled trunk corners into curves and adjust radii on the PCB Editor canvas.Curved trunk corners can improve stress resilience and smooth-out track-to-track coupling discontinuities. Direct interactive editing means you can see exactly what kind of corner you are getting in real time.
Move (or duplicate move) trunks with full corner and via pattern retention.Move, flip and rotate trunks with no loss of via patterns or trunk geometry. You can do the same with duplicate-move, providing fast, easy re-use of trunk patterns for maximum PCB design consistency and symmetry.
Measure true 3D distances without extra calculations.Measure it like it really is in your PCB design.

eCADSTAR PCB Design Software | Power Integrity Analysis Enhancements

 

high-current vias

Override package-based parasitic models.Decoupling capacitors come in many package styles and all of them create different parasitics. Experiment easily, by swapping package-based models without the need to change design data. A bit close to the voltage limits with that decoupler? How about changing it to a 25V? That’s in a bigger package, but will its parasitics give you a problem?
Easily identify high-current vias. High-current vias harm power integrity. Need a bigger via? Need an extra via? The high DC current in this via is revealed by sorting the column on via current. You can then adjust or add vias in PCB Editor (shown above the Power Bus window in this image).
Configure cell buttons.Radiation windowThis button in the Radiation window has been configured to display the spectrum. Alternative functions are still available on the right-mouse-button menu.
Set impedance masks to check and measure against expected power bus impedance in PCB design.
impedance masks to check and measure_eCADSTAR_2021Impedance masks enable you to check potential local impedance hotspots against the expected impedance over a range of frequencies.
Reduce aliasing noise with windowing. Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) sampling is designed to work with a round number of complete waveform cycles. This is not always the case and aliasing can make results unreliable. Windowing techniques like the Hann window function counter this effect.
And when you have some frequency domain results, you can now configure a cell button in Analysis Result Viewer to view them more easily.
Configure a cell button for frequency-domain mode.

eCADSTAR PCB Design Software | Design Rule and DRC Enhancements

Choose PCB layer stack directly from Schematic Editor.PCB layer stack PCB layer stack
Layer stack decisions are often made before or during schematic entry. You can make those decisions right here in Constraint Browser as your design takes shape.
DRC options are saved and selected by default next time you work on a schematic.

DRC options_eCADSTAR_2021

As schematic entry progresses, the DRC check options usually progress. Now you don’t have to reselect those options each time you launch Schematic Editor.

For more information about eCADSTAR PCB Design Software please contact us

More about Quadra Solutions

Quadra Solutions Ltd specialise in design and data management software solutions for the manufacturing, construction, engineering and PCB design industries. Quadra is an accredited training centre and specialists in  PCB design.  Our software solutions, consultancy, training and technical support are some of the best in the industry. With a wealth of experience and knowledge, Quadra specialises in helping businesses adopt efficient and effective design workflows. We help businesses innovate and embed data management solutions. We pride ourselves on our consultative approach to working with customers as their technology partner. For more information about Quadra please contact us.

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What’s New for eCADSTAR 2021 – Live Webinar

eCADSTAR PCB design software 2021 release is here. eCADSTAR 2021 benefits from greater functionality and efficiency-enhancing tools to help support your PCB design. Join the webinar to find out more about how eCADSTAR is adding to its time-saving tools and providing with you more functionality and improved features to make your designs better.

What’s New for eCADSTAR 2021  – Webinar

The webinar will cover:

  • New Creepage Check feature
  • SPICE Controller feature to enable the Schematic application to interface with LTspice
  • RINF & EDIF Import
  • and many more exciting enhancements

What’s New for eCADSTAR 2021 Webinar  |  17th June 2021, 10am |

 

 

More about eCADSTAR

eCADSTAR

  • Fully manage your design process from start to finish in a consistent environment.
  • A common user interface and centralized unified library.
  • Define design constraints and variants in the schematic and propagate it throughout the PCB design and routing process.
  • Identify library changes and designs updates with powerful library functionality.
  • A modern, intuitive and fully-customisable user-interface to help delivery design efficiencies

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

For more information about eCADSTAR please contact us

More about Quadra Solutions

Quadra Solutions Ltd specialise in design and data management software solutions for the manufacturing, construction, engineering and PCB design industries. Quadra is an accredited training centre and specialists in  PCB design.  Our software solutions, consultancy, training and technical support are some of the best in the industry. With a wealth of experience and knowledge, Quadra specialises in helping businesses adopt efficient and effective design workflows, innovate and embed data management solutions. We pride ourselves on our consultative approach to working with customers as their technology partner. For more information about Quadra please contact us.

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PCB Library Management | What is it and Why does it Matter?

PCB layout design is not rocket science, but it does take time to do right. By taking the time to review your designs before you create your layouts, you can resolve issues early enough to lower costs and production time. PCB Library Management is a critical part of this.

What is PCB Library Management?

Data preparation and library management are time-consuming activities. They are however a crucial part of the process and if not done correctly can severely impair the success of the project. From the inclusion of library parts to the collation of datasheets for each item, the importance of appropriate data preparation and library management cannot be overstated. Some PCB design bureaus will offer this service, but some won’t so it’s important to understand what is required before work commences. Some companies will expect fully CAD-generated schematics, but many can also work from hand-drawn sketches if required. This initial planning plays a very important part especially when it comes to communicating your plans.

In order to understand what a good PCB library administrator can do for you, you need to know what they can’t do, as well. The primary features are time savings, and guaranteed accuracy. If you’re a smaller shop or freelancer, saving time by paying a librarian may not be in your best interest. If you’re with a service bureau juggling multiple designs, outsourcing parts for creation saves you time and money.

PCB libraries are supposed to help you do this, but the wrong library setup can turn the PCB layout process into a sponge that absorbs your R&D time and resources. Good PCB library administration can prevent your great board designs from becoming nightmares, but what is PCB library administration?

What does PCB Library Management involve?

When you hear the word “components”, it’s natural to think about ICs, LEDs, resistors, and all the other electronic hardware that goes into building a PCB. But in terms of PCB design software, there is a lot of information that goes into any component. Every component has an associated symbol, footprint, pin arrangement, and other properties that are used by your PCB design software. With so many components available on the market and with electronics companies producing new components, managing a component library becomes one of the important duties of a PCB designer. Designers commonly create customized components for use in their designs, including footprints and simulation models.

Bringing this information together so that you can take your PCB from design to production requires the best design software on the market. When you work in a unified design environment, your design software will seamlessly integrate your components libraries with your schematic library, and updates to your components libraries are easily passed to your schematic.

Managing Your Digital Libraries

Library management is a broad term that refers to managing component, supplier, life cycle, and schematics for use in your design. With the massive number of components on the market, no one has time to compile information in these libraries on their own. There are many companies that specialize in creating software that compiles this information for you, making you more productive and allowing you to spend more time on your designs.

Component libraries contain more than just a long list of part numbers. A great component library should contain associated schematics symbols, footprints for your layout, SPICE models for use in simulations, and electrical specifications. These libraries also include 3D models for use in a 3D viewer. When all of this information is compiled in a single interface, it greatly streamlines the design process. Component libraries also need to contain associated supplier information, including costs, lead times, and suitable replacements. This gives you the information you need to generate parts lists and a bill of materials for your manufacturer.

Why is it Important to Manage your Digital Library?

pcb design

Managing your digital libraries takes more than just maintaining lists of components and schematics. Your libraries need to synchronize with component supplier information and life cycle management tools. Life cycle management tools give you the information you need to replace obsolete components with suitable replacements. All of these tools work best when they are integrated into a single environment, rather than being separated into different modules.

Some PCB design software packages allow you to create new libraries that contain a specific list of most often used components. When you have a library that grows to 1000’s of components, updates to components are almost never seamless. Especially when you use software that operates with disparate component models. Digital libraries should be created with users and user-intention in mind, with access to the resources and knowledge required from the library.

Badly prepared data and library management can also create added complexities when locating appropriate elements and parts for the design. Many companies will do the hard work for you – collating datasheets for each device where library parts don’t exist and verifying them to ensure there are sufficient legible dimensions for the new part to be created.

Translating between updated versions of your software can wreak havoc on your component library. An update can change the file structure of your component library, forcing you to organize and update your components manually. Some software packages have a components information system that helps you manage your libraries, but you have to purchase this as an add-on. There is no reason such a critical tool shouldn’t be included in your PCB design software.

PCB Library Management is about more than just updating footprints and symbols in schematics. You need to leverage supply chain availability and lifecycle information to ensure your designs remain up to date. Imagine opening up that PCB you created 6 months ago and sending deliverables to your manufacturer, only to find that half of your parts are unavailable or obsolete. Lifecycle states allow you to catch and replace obsolete parts in your designs.

Unified Digital Library Management

Outsourcing pcb design

Working in a unified design environment means more than just presenting all the tools you need in a single piece of software. Data management in a unified design environment uses unified component models that can be reused when you define new components. These component models should serve as templates for new components, saving you time.

Your design software should also help increase productivity by providing updates to component libraries and supply chain information. Designers shouldn’t have to spend time scouring the internet for component updates or supply chain information. They shouldn’t have to rely on an unreliable 3rd party service for these critical updates. A unified design environment allows you to seamlessly transfer any updates onto your schematics.

If you need to make revisions to the footprint of a unified component, your PCB design software should present a visual side-by-side comparison of footprint changes. Any symbol, pin arrangement, and schematic changes should be easy to compare as well. The same idea applies to component templates. This ensures that component changes within your library will be accessible to everyone in your organization.

Many components share common properties, such as capacitance, mounting style, and rated voltage. When you work with a great component manager, you can assign these properties to individual components easily within a single interface. As well as adding them individually to each component, you can also use the Attribute Manager tool to add them to multiple components. Your circuit board and your digital libraries can be managed into effective content creation and storage.

eCADSTAR

PCB Library Management in eCADSTAR

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The eCADSTAR Library Editor provides a complete solution for creating and editing symbol, footprints and part information for PCB design. Integrated into the eCADSTAR framework, Library Editor shares the same set of user interface and configuration settings as other applications in the Zuken family. This makes it easy to learn and maximises productivity during product development.

Working in a unified design environment links your component libraries, schematic libraries, component models, simulation tools, bill of materials, and layout tools within a single design interface.

eCADSTAR has partnered up with many Suppliers & Electronic Component Information Providers such as Findchips, SamacSys, Ultra Librarian & SiliconExpert. These services are fully integrated into eCADSTAR. Spend more time designing and less time searching for parts and supply chain risk information.

eCADSTAR’s database library has excellent searching capabilities allowing you to filter by Part Name, Class, attributes and much more. The search features allow you quickly sift through a massive component library. As a result, you will only locate the components you need for your design including previews of symbols and footprints. Manage your circuits better with a stronger digital library system.

More about eCADSTAR

eCADSTAR

  • Fully manage your design process from start to finish in a consistent environment.
  • A common user interface and centralized unified library.
  • Define design constraints and variants in the schematic and propagate it throughout the PCB design and routing process.
  • Identify library changes and designs updates with powerful library functionality.
  • A modern, intuitive and fully-customisable user-interface to help delivery design efficiencies

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

For more information about eCADSTAR please contact us

eCADSTAR Case Study – Driving Innovation for EA Technology

eCADSTAR

When looking to upgrade their existing PCB design software, EA Technology looked to eCADSTAR to support their business objectives and their ongoing design and development projects.

EA Technology, headquartered in Chester, is recognised globally as a leader in their field; enhancing the performance of power networks and providing clients with tailored asset management solutions. After an upgrade to their PCB design software, the result provided their PCB engineers with an improved high-speed design platform with limitless possibilities.

“eCADSTAR helps us generate reports quicker and easier, providing us with more comprehensive manufacturing checks, enabling us to ensure we Design for Manufacture efficiently.”

Graham Poll, CAD Consultant

Electronic Design Automation meets internet connectivity

EA Technology is able to benefit from eCADSTAR’s high-speed automated and assistive functionalities in an easy-to-use environment such as PCB Design Editor, Library Editor, Schematics Editor and design rule checking. This innovative internet-connected PCB design platform combines all the power of EDA software with the flexibility of the internet.

“Our engineers were impressed with the new look and feel to eCADSTAR. The library search is a real strength of the software. It will help limit the amount of time spent searching for parts and help streamline our workflows. The ongoing technical support was also a major decision-making factor. By having access to a vastly experienced technical support team available whenever required, helps our team move forward quickly and efficiently whilst getting to grips with a new tool,” said Graham.

Click here to access the full case study

 

More about eCADSTAR

eCADSTAR brings together the latest advances in collaboration and connected engineering in a borderless electronic design environment, connecting the engineering desktop with comprehensive design and manufacturing services.

eCADSTAR’s advanced and connected features include:

  • Unified design environment
  • Enhanced online part search
  • Visualisation and collaboration tools
  • Advanced 3D design
  • Design migration and design re-use

INTERNET-CONNECTED DESIGN

  • Fully manage your design process from start to finish in a consistent environment with a common user interface and centralized unified library.
  • Define design constraints and variants in the schematic and propagate it throughout the PCB design and routing process.
  • Identify library changes and designs updates with powerful library functionality.
  • A modern, intuitive and fully-customisable user-interface to help delivery design efficiencies

PCB DESIGN SOFTWARE – 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

For more information about eCADSTAR please contact us

More about Quadra Solutions

Quadra Solutions Ltd specialise in design and data management software solutions for the manufacturing, construction, engineering and PCB design industries. Quadra is a Gold Autodesk Partner, an accredited training centre and specialists in  PCB design. InventorRevitAutoCAD, Collections and Vault software help our customers to design, visualise, innovate and implement solutions that grow and develop their business.

Our software solutions, consultancy, training and technical support are some of the best in the industry. With a wealth of experience and knowledge, Quadra specialises in helping businesses adopt efficient and effective design workflows, innovate and embed data management solutions. We pride ourselves on our consultative approach to working with customers as their technology partner. For more information about Quadra please contact us.

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CADSTAR to eCADSTAR Migration – Library Preparation

CADSTAR to eCADSTAR Library Migration

Transcript

This tutorial will demonstrate how to prepare your classic CADSTAR for migration into eCADSTAR, which will help ensure the ease of post-migration tasks in the eCADSTAR library. First, we’re going to add our Vias from the template designs into the padstack library in classic CADSTAR.

Add the vias defined in the templates or designs you wish to use in eCADSTAR into the CADSTAR library. This is because eCADSTAR has one central padstack library which the Via is allocated, as opposed to being kept with the design.

You can, of course, add these manually after migration, however, this way they will come through with the eCADSTAR layers defined, which I will explain shortly.

Once the Vias are added to the padstack library in CADSTAR, then go into the layer definition’s, delete all of the inner electrical layers, so just the top and bottom remain, then we want to add two new layers called inner and inner-suppressed. This is because eCADSTAR does not require separate layers for the inner-electrical layers to be defined. Instead, the eCADSTAR inner layer can be mapped out to several in the technology editor. I’ll explain this further in eCADSTAR.

Once this is done, create an archive file of both the symbol library and the component library and save in a new folder with the CADSTAR library index file.

eCADSTAR Library Editor

Open eCADSTAR’s Library Editor and use the Library migration tool located on the ribbon of the start menu. Locate the directory you have just created and point to the archive files.

Once this is migrated, eCADSTAR will open this new Library.

Now, open the pad stack library editor. Now, we have migrated two layers called inner and inner-suppressed. The inner layer is used for pad stacks with non-functional lands.

Then place all pads on all layers will be present in the design, even if not used. The inner-suppressed layer only adds a part when routed. Currently, these layers are defined the same. So a quick and easy way to delete the unconnected pad definition from the entire inner-suppressed layer is to expand all layers and copy and paste the column into an external spreadsheet.

Then use a filter to view that inner-suppressed layer, only. We can then delete the information defined in the unconnected pad column. Once this is done, cancel the filter and copy the entire unconnected pack column. We can now paste this into the eCADSTAR pad stack library. Then save and close.

Open the technology editor. You can either create a new technology or import the technology from a migrated design. I’m going to create a new four-layer technology first, then I will show you how to import the technology. In eCADSTAR, there are two sets of layers, the ones defined in the footprint and the other in the PCB design. In the technology editor, the footprint layers need to be mapped to the PCB layers for both sides A and B. Once this is complete, then the footprint can be brought through to the design upon a forward annotation.

Additionally, after migrating a CADSTAR design, we can use the technology and rule stacks from that migration folder and import directly.

Please see the design migration video in this series for more information.

When you migrate a CADSTAR design, a local library is created in its directory, locate the library and the folder called tech rule. Here the technology and rule stack up associated with the design have been migrated. Instead of creating new technologies and rules in eCADSTAR you can import them from the migrated designs using this method.

Following these steps of preparation ensures you can get up and running with eCADSTAR very quickly using your classic CADSTAR data.

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eCADSTAR brings together the latest advances in collaboration and connected engineering in a borderless electronic design environment, connecting the engineering desktop with comprehensive design and manufacturing services.

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SIGNAL INTEGRITY   |    Add sophisticated Signal Integrity Analysis capabilities to eCADSTAR. Simulation in the Schematic (pre-layout SI) as well as in the PCB Layout (post-layout SI).

POWER INTEGRITY AND EMI   |    Embedded into eCADSTAR, these functions share the same design data and simulation library used for Signal Integrity.

IBIS-AMI   |    Analyse SERDES channels (e.g. PCI-Express Gen3+, HDMI, SATA, USB, etc.) based on IBIS-AMI models, S-Parameter characterisation of the channel, Eye diagram results, BER estimation and bath-tub curves and import IBIS-AMI devices into the simulation library.

 

 

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Future-Proof your PCB Design Software | Introduction to eCADSTAR Webinar

Software as with everything is always changing. But, when was the last time you had a look at the alternative PCB design software’s available?

In this 40 minute webinar, we will take a brief tour through some of the enhancements eCADSTAR has undergone in the last year or so, introduce you to some of the brilliant features making life easier for many businesses right now and take any burning questions you may have about the software.

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The webinar will cover:

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Join presenters Michael Wray and Sarah Santangeli to see how eCADSTAR is helping other businesses deliver PCB designs more efficiently.

More about eCADSTAR PCB Design Software

eCADSTAR brings together the latest advances in collaboration and connected engineering in a borderless electronic design environment, connecting the engineering desktop with comprehensive design and manufacturing services.

In the 2020 Release |   Read More

SIGNAL INTEGRITY   |    Add sophisticated Signal Integrity Analysis capabilities to eCADSTAR. Simulation in the Schematic (pre-layout SI) as well as in the PCB Layout (post-layout SI).

POWER INTEGRITY AND EMI   |    Embedded into eCADSTAR, these functions share the same design data and simulation library used for Signal Integrity.

IBIS-AMI   |    Analyse SERDES channels (e.g. PCI-Express Gen3+, HDMI, SATA, USB, etc.) based on IBIS-AMI models, S-Parameter characterisation of the channel, Eye diagram results, BER estimation and bath-tub curves and import IBIS-AMI devices into the simulation library.

How Rapid PCB Prototyping is Revolutionising PCB Manufacturing

How Rapid PCB Prototyping is Revolutionising PCB Manufacturing

In a competitive world of electronics manufacturing, the importance of speed cannot be overstated! The quicker a company can move from concept to product stage, the more likelihood of its a success.

So what is Rapid PCB prototyping?

Rapid PCB Prototyping is a set of methods to create a prototype of your product very quickly. Once complete, you can use this to validate your final product. An additive manufacturing approach is required, as opposed to a subtractive which can involve substantial rework. 3D printing technology allows designers to create a product replica by adding layers of material.

A CAD file is converted into a. STL format which can be used for 3D printing and hence for rapid prototyping.

The benefits of rapid PCB prototyping process is revolutionising PCB manufacturing:

Speed

Complex designs will carry greater costs and longer lead times. The speed of your production processes can be vastly improved upon. You can reduce development time from weeks to minutes.

Ability to work with different materials

Materials will add up, layer by layer, and the coupling prevents the board from constraining the circuits. These connections have been borderline impossible given modern circuit board technology. Additionally, 3D circuit board manufacturing only uses materials that are essential to production.

Testing of the product

In-depth validation of the product is a major benefit to 3D PCB prototypes. By using this technology you can identify costly mistakes before they reach the production stage. Rapid prototyping allows you to detect mistakes and errors early on and make necessary amends in time. Thanks to reduced development time, designers have greater freedom to break design for manufacturing rules that are inherent in subtractive PCB manufacturing processes.

Cost Optimisation and Lower Costs

A major benefit of the technology is its cost-optimisation. 3D printers are becoming far more affordable. It is no longer just restricted to large businesses. Rapid prototyping is a big boon for startups who are dealing with limited budgets and need to showcase a minimum viable product to potential investors. With the quick realisation of your product concept, PCB prototyping also gives you the freedom to fail faster. You have the ability also to improve your product before it goes in for final production.

Acceleration of the Printed Circuit Board manufacturing process

Previously converting a concept into a finished product required a lot of time and effort. With 3D printing, the process is significantly accelerated. It significantly cuts down the time required to create the prototype. For this reason, you can also make any changes in the design easily.

Not only does 3D printing save time, it prevents you from any rude shocks at a later time. Get reliable validation of your product or insights into any changes required with your completed prototype.

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