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Bi-directional ECAD-MCAD offers collaboration capability

Posted: 22 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MCAD ECAD? PTC bi-directional? capability collaboration?

Mentor Graphics Corp. delivers what it claims is the industry's first design collaboration capability between Electrical (ECAD) and Mechanical (MCAD) design solutions enabling teams to use this solution from the design inception to the manufacturing process. Based on the ProSTEP iViP Association-approved electromechanical interchange standard whose development was initiated and driven by Mentor, Mentor Graphics' ECAD-MCAD Collaborator product enables bi-directional, digital communication of incremental design changes and automates the review and approval processes between the respective domains.

PTC is the first supplier of mechanical design solutions to adopt this standard and implement complementary collaboration capability. Together, PTC and Mentor offer the industry's first complete end-to-end collaboration solution between MCAD and ECAD designers. These capabilities will significantly improve design process efficiency and cycle times by replacing paper-based methods and static file formats with standards-based processes and easy-to-use graphical visualization in both the mechanical and electrical design domains, claim the companies.

Design collaboration between Expedition Enterprise and Board Station XE PCB design flows through Mentor's ECAD-MCAD Collaborator product, and PTC's Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 ECAD-MCAD Collaboration Extension is available now.

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