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

Fill in the form below to catch up here with the on-demand recording

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

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The benefits of moving from AutoCAD to an AEC Collection for Consultants

The benefits of moving from AutoCAD to an AEC Collection for Consultants

Get the AEC Collections for Consultants on-demand webinar now

The AEC Collection provides designers, engineers and contractors with a set of BIM and CAD tools that support projects from early-stage design through to construction. You can create high-quality, high-performing building and infrastructure designs with conceptual and detailed design tools. The AEC Collection for enables you to optimise projects with integrated analysis, generative design and visualisation and simulation tools. It helps you improve predictability in the field with tools that maximise constructability and project co-ordination.

AEC Collection for Consultants

You can also accelerate design processes and improve quality with integrated workflows for conceptual design, modelling, multi-discipline coordination and construction documentation. In this webinar,7 we will demonstrate the time-saving features that will drive efficiency and reduce errors in your design processes.

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More about Quadra Solutions

Quadra Solutions provide Autodesk Design software solutions for the Construction and Manufacturing industries. InventorRevitAutoCAD Collections and Vault software helps our customers design, visualise, innovate and implement Building Information Modelling (BIM) solutions.

Our software solutions, consultancy, training and technical support to the manufacturing, architectural, construction and product design industries is some of the best in our industry. With a wealth of experience and knowledge, Quadra specialises in helping businesses adapt and 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.

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What is Inventor CAM? – A TECHTALK On-demand Webinar

#TECHTALK | Join us for a TechTalk Webinar. What is Inventor CAM

Mike Hacking, MFG Projects Manager and Stephen Hall, MFG Applications Engineer, will be giving an introductory insight into Inventor CAM. They will be exploring its uses and some of the applications that are helping businesses simplify and streamline their machining processes.

The webinar will include:
– What is Inventor CAM?
– Find out how it can simplify & streamline workflows.
– Simple tutorials you can start using immediately.*
– Frequently asked questions
– Plus an opportunity for you to quiz the experts.

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*Inventor CAM is available in the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection (PDM). For more information about moving to the PDM Collection, contact us.

Autodesk Inventor CAM (formerly Inventor HSM) – For those that aren’t familiar with Computer Aided Manufacturing it is an approach that makes use of computer software to control machine tools and related machinery in the manufacturing of components.

Prior to CAM software, component machining was achieved via numerical control (NC) programming. This could be a very lengthy process and in modern design workflows where time to market is critical, traditional NC programming was often a bottleneck to early product launch.

The subsequent wider adoption of 3D CAD software such as Autodesk Inventor opened up a new realm of possibilities for CAM software and machining companies resulting in the growth of more intelligent CAM Software designed to bridge the gap between design and production.

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Quadra Solutions provide Autodesk Design software solutions for the Construction and Manufacturing industries. InventorRevitAutoCAD Collections and Vault software helps our customers design, visualise, innovate and implement Building Information Modelling (BIM) solutions.

eCADSTAR Bytesize Tutorial – Advanced Variance


If you’ve used CADSTAR’s variance before, it’s a very powerful tool. eCADSTAR is capable of variance as well, more advanced variants.

But at the very basic level, you can define a device as not being fitted, so if I click on this resistors for example and I change the properties, here you can see I’ve got fitted and I can say NO. And you can see it has changed the colour of the trace because it superfluous now, there’s no connection there.

Obviously, it will still exist on the PCB it’s just highlighting it for us. You don’t have to have it dashed and coloured, this is entirely up to you. Completely Configurable


More information about the latest release of eCADSTAR is below


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.

8 ways Generative Design is Transforming Business


Quickly generate high-performing design alternatives—many that you’d never think of on your own—from a single idea. With generative design, there is no single solution; instead, there are multiple great solutions. You choose the design that best fits your needs.

What is generative design?

Generative design is a design exploration process. Designers or engineers input design goals into the generative design software, along with parameters such as performance or spatial requirements, materials, manufacturing methods, and cost constraints. The software explores all the possible permutations of a solution, quickly generating design alternatives. It tests and learns from each iteration what works and what doesn’t.

Benefits of generative design

Explore a wider range of design options

In the time you can create one idea, a computer can generate thousands, along with the data to prove which designs perform best.

Make impossible designs possible

Generative design lets you create optimized complex shapes and internal lattices. Some of these forms are impossible to make with traditional manufacturing methods. Instead, they’re built using new additive manufacturing methods.

Optimise for materials and manufacturing methods

Set goals and parameters and the software will create high-performing design options based on those constraints. The software resolves conflicting design constraints so you can focus on innovating.

1. Solving design challenges

Engineers and designers are limited in time, resources, and energy that can be spent on a given design problem to fully explore both the design and manufacturing options that may be available.

2. Generative design enables you to explore multiple solutions

Generative design is a design exploration tool that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to simultaneously generate multiple solutions based on real-world design goals, product performance requirements, and manufacturing constraints.

3. Increase innovation capacity

Leveraging artificial intelligence, advanced simulation, and cloud computing, generative design enables a new method of rapidly generating hundreds of potential design alternatives by simply specifying design, performance, and manufacturing constraints.

4. Improve product performance

Light weighting or material optimization can improve a product’s performance profile and can reduce product costs by reducing the number of materials used in the design. Light weighting initiatives are pervasive in the automotive and aerospace industries where even incremental reductions in mass can result in dramatic savings in fuel costs.

5. Win more business with generative design and mass customization

Across all industries, there are growing pressures and demand for customized products and services. Attempts to satisfy this demand have strained traditional manufacturing methods and has led to increased production costs and extended timelines.

6. Breaks down data silos between product design and manufacturing constraints

Due to the sequential nature of the product development process, decisions are often made in a vacuum. Decisions on manufacturability and fabrication are typically delayed until late in the design process after major aspects of the project are locked in, sometimes forcing production down a costly and less than desirable path.

7. Enables you to consolidate components

Short-run or custom components are often designed as a subassembly of welded or stamped components that are assembled with fasteners. Ideally, engineers would rather design one component that meets the design requirements rather than decompose it into separate parts that add complexity, must be validated, and need to be assembled.

8. Generative design helps reduce CNC machining

In the aerospace and medical industries, low volume parts are more cost-effectively produced by CNC machining from expensive billets of high tech alloys than by forging, stamping, casting, or moulding, despite the excessive waste material produced from this process.


For more information about how you can embed generative Design process into your design contact the technical team at Quadra

AutoCAD Design Training Courses You and Your Team Need Right Now

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Have you read our AutoCAD ebook? Read it now

Let’s take a look at the top AutoCAD training and professional development courses that will take your learning to the next level.

AutoCAD is the standard design software used in the engineering, architecture, interior design and construction industries. Designers and drafters use it to create two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) computer drawings. Students interested in learning how to use this software can complete coursework to earn a certificate or degree or take individual non-credit classes at a higher education institution.

Courses that earn continuing education units toward professional development and training are available at Autodesk-authorized training centres. 

The following are some of the most common topics covered in AutoCAD design courses:

  • Curves
  • 3D modelling
  • Multiple Lines
  • Geometric Shapes
  • Isometric drawings
  • Linear Dimensions
  • Polar Arrays
  • Layers and Line Types

AutoCAD Training Courses

Introduction to AutoCAD Course

Introductory courses provide students with a basic knowledge of AutoCAD’s interface, menu options, toolbars and operational commands. Courses often include the opportunity for students to observe the execution of professional drafting projects and learn to create their own 2D designs. Basic skills include drawing, editing, layering and plotting.  Click here for more information

Beyond the Basics

After completing prerequisite introductory instruction in AutoCAD, students often receive training in intermediate-level AutoCAD skills. These can include hatching, dimensioning, cross-references, tables and block attributes. Students can also be introduced to 3D designs and related drafting skills in preparation for advanced AutoCAD training. Click here for more information

AutoCAD – AutoCAD Electrical

The AutoCAD Electrical Fundamentals training course covers the indispensable core topics for working with the AutoCAD Electrical software. In this training, delegates will learn how to use many of the
powerful electrical drawing creation tools in the AutoCAD Electrical software. Click here for more information

Autodesk AutoCAD Update Training

The course includes updates on interface colour scheme, tab and panel enhancements, Autodesk 360 collaboration, Model Space Viewports, and help. There are several updates to commands, such as hatch, array, erase, arcs, polylines, offset, and various 3D tools, such as 3D Model import file types, presspull, point clouds, and creation previews. After completing this course, users will be up-to-date with the latest version of software.  Click here for more information


Autodesk AutoCAD P&ID Essentials Training

Delegates learn how to use AutoCAD P&ID to administer P&ID design projects. This training includes lessons, exercises and review questions. The training provides a focus on project setup and administration. .  Click here for more information

Introduction to Plant Design

In this training, delegates will learn how to use the AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D and Autodesk Navisworks to complete a plant design project. This training course provides a comprehensive overview that includes all common workflows for plant design plus a focus on project setup and administration.    Click here for more information

AutoCAD Training Courses

AutoCAD courses are available in AutoCAD and Autodesk certificate programs. Students can complete these training programs online or in a traditional classroom format. AutoCAD training programs might consist of only one comprehensive course that includes progressive instruction from basic to advanced skill levels. More often, students are required to complete several courses over a specified period of time, sometimes as long as three years. Some programs also include instruction in other CAD software programs such as Revit and 3ds MAX Design.

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Quadra Solutions | Gold Autodesk CAD Design Software Solutions

We specialise in Autodesk Design software solutions for the Construction and Manufacturing industries. InventorRevitAutoCAD Collections and Vault software helps our customers design, visualise, innovate and implement Building Information Modelling (BIM) solutions. Autodesk builds software that helps people imagine, design and make a better world. Quadra has been an Autodesk partner for over a decade and our team of product and technical experts have helped deliver design success to hundreds of customers across the UK. We have the knowledge that helps companies embed, enhance and extend their design flow.

Autodesk Training

We have been an Accredited Autodesk Training Centre (ATC) since 2001 and provide training for Autodesk and eCADSTAR and IPC CID. Our most popular courses, InventorRevit and AutoCAD courses are scheduled throughout the year and can be delivered in a variety of ways.

Click here for Bespoke and On-site Training   |    Click here for Online Training

For more information about AutoCAD training contact us

Is it a good time to evaluate alternative PCB software options?

Is it a good time to think about your PCB software?

If you are like me, you have now been home for the longest time since you started employment.

The last time I spent this much time in one place was revising for my finals at University. Granted it is a different setup. There is a lot less paper, a lot less tea and coffee breaks and a lot less sitting in my bedroom. But otherwise, there are some very obvious parallels.

And during my final exams at University, as you would, I started to think quite seriously about the future and what that might look like; what career might I have, what things might I learn, where will my 15 years plus of education take me.

So when I started thinking back to 21-year-old me, looking towards the future it reminded me that, everything changes. Our aspirations change, our expectations change and we, in turn, must change with the times. Which brings me to the subject of this weeks blog, Change.

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Change is huge

No one has ever suggested change is easy.

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” -Charles Darwin

Here’s a great article about changing PCB Design software from the team at Zuken

So how do you go about making a change?

Now is the best possible time to evaluate your PCB software choices!

eCADSTAR is all about making a complex and demanding world easier. With eCADSTAR, everything is at your fingertips.

  • Connect detached and dispersed team
  • Seamless internet connectivity
  • Advanced technologies and tools to help streamline and simplify your design process

It’s different, it’s modern, it changes your perspective, your experience, it will delight you in surprising ways. eCADSTAR will make you amazing, successful and profitable.

Want to experience it for yourself? Request an online Virtual demonstration with our team.

What’s new for Inventor 2021

Our Technical Director Rob Hargreaves takes a look at what’s new for Inventor 2021


Each major recent release of Inventor has included a step forward in what we know as the Inventor Experience. A few years back you saw updates to the application frame and 4K support, followed later by a dockable browser with quick search capabilities, and then last year with multimonitor support and new theme. While the “Light Theme” introduced last year gave Inventor and a few other products a fresh look and a common design language, we heard from many of you that you were also eager to have a dark option too. Some of you got a preview to the Dark Theme during the Design and Manufacturing Keynote at Autodesk University. We worked with many of you in the Feedback Community in developing and fine-tuning Dark Theme for Inventor 2021.

In addition to Dark Theme, we continue to upgrade commands to the modern command panel framework. With Inventor 2021 you will see more and more panels for commands throughout part modeling, tube & pipe, and frame generator environments.

Based on input from many of our users, performance is as important as ever. We’ve continued to go farther in the 2021 release with further optimized performance in parts, assembly, frame generator, and tube & pipe workflows. You will experience faster open, update, compute, and graphic navigation workflows with your designs in this release. Inventor 2021 isn’t simply faster. We optimized the occurrences computing process and memory loading for invisible components. This means you will also experience less memory usage, therefore, higher capacity to handle larger assemblies.

Image courtesy of Feige Filling GmbH


Inventor has been supporting associative workflows with non-native data since Inventor 2016 with our AnyCAD technology. Simply choose the ‘reference’ option upon import, and then be able to easily accommodate changes in your Inventor assembly, drawings, simulations, etc without having to manually re-import. In recent years we added formats like STEP, SolidEdge, and Fusion 360 as well as refined associative 2D-to-3D connections with AutoCAD.

A significant portion of our Inventor community works with companies in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry. In these accounts, they often need to create custom designs in the context of a building. With Inventor 2021 we are introducing AnyCAD associativity for Revit data. Now you can take advantage of the new Revit AnyCAD workflows to bring in just the data you need from a Revit file, and have it update associatively within your Inventor design. What’s more, when the Revit data is brought in, appearance information is carried over and you get a nicely organized representation of the building in the browser making it all easy to navigate.

Drawing productivity and workflows have been enhanced with new Sheet Format workflows and expanded iLogic drawing functionality. Inventor 2021 will enable a new level of drawing automation to help you create, modify, and complete your 2D drawings. With Inventor 2021 your 2D drawing creation will be faster than ever before.

Customer Driven

In addition to all of this, Inventor 2021 has over 60 enhancements driven directly from your feedback and requests on top of all of the enhancements that were rolled into the incremental updates last Summer and Fall. We focused these enhancements on areas you discussed with us in Inventor Forum and Feedback Community, areas you highlighted on the Ideas page, and in our many in-person and online meetings over the past year. Customer driven enhancements are represented throughout Inventor in parts, assemblies, and drawings. For a complete list of customer driven enhancements, be sure to read the Inventor 2021 online help.

Over the next few weeks, the Inventor team will do a few more posts to dive into some of the details of the Inventor 2021 release.

Update to the Inventor 2021 Public Roadmap

As you can see from reading about the Inventor 2021 release, many of the things listed in the initial Inventor Public Roadmap were delivered with this latest update. This means it is time for us to share an update on what we are working on for upcoming Inventor updates and releases.

This roadmap may make statements regarding future events and development efforts for our products and services. These statements reflect our current expectations based on what we know today. Our plans are not intended to be a promise or guarantee of future delivery of products, services, or features, and purchasing decisions should not be made based upon these statements. We do not assume any responsibility to update this roadmap to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the publish date of this roadmap.

We continue to look at how we can deliver Experience, Automation, and Insights to you with Inventor development and enhancements. Many of the areas of development come directly from you, our users, via Inventor Ideas page, Inventor Forum, and the Inventor Feedback Community.


With the delivery of Dark Theme as a preview in Inventor 2021, we will continue to listen to your feedback on Dark Theme and make enhancements and improvements as needed. In addition to theme work, we will continue to move commands to the modern panel architecture to improve functionality and increase your productivity. We are looking at more complex commands that are used often; like Fillet, Chamfer, and Loft that require additional selection filters and framework enhancements within the panels.

Driven directly from your feedback, we will continue to focus on implementing Inventor Ideas. These enhancements will surface in a variety of environments and edit, create, save, and export workflows. These Inventor Ideas enhancements are voted on by you, our Inventor users, and are the type of continuous improvements you have come to expect from Inventor with each update. We continue to listen to you, and add your Ideas into our development backlog. This includes improvements anywhere from additional Frame Generator enhancements, to customizing middle-mouse button functionality, and everywhere in between.

Inventor 2021 Automation

We see more and more of you working with Revit and Inventor together. With Inventor 2021 we introduced the ability to associatively use Revit data within your Inventor design. We have worked with many of you and heard your need to use Inventor data in Revit in much the same way. Based on the feedback and research, we are working closely with the Revit team to ensure we can help build similar functionality for Revit users that need to leverage Inventor data in their Revit designs. We also are focusing on how we can help Inventor users prep their designs to be used in Revit before sharing. It’s all focused on helping those in Building Products and Custom Fabrication use the power of Inventor for engineering design alongside Revit for large scale building models.


Those of you that participate in Inventor alpha and beta testing may have noticed that we ask you for your feedback on Inventor when you close your session. The feedback has been incredibly valuable as we developed toward the final Inventor 2021 release. Going forward, we are looking at ways to enable you to provide feedback directly to the development team on the Inventor you are running to do your daily work. Our goal is to use this feedback alongside all the other channels you use to provide feedback directly to the Inventor team.


For more information about Inventor 2021 and how to get the most from it contact us.

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