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LogicSwap Solutions, a US-based company specializing in data migration software for the EDA industry, is now offering a free data conversion package to transfer third-party PCB design data to Zuken’s eCADSTAR format. The software enables eCADSTAR users to utilize Altium Designer library, schematic, and PCB design data for design, analysis, and manufacturing within the eCADSTAR toolset.
The free Altium Designer to eCADSTAR conversion software from LogicSwap is available today and recommended by the eCADSTAR team. Software and support are provided directly by LogicSwap Solutions.
The eCADSTAR tool is Zuken’s PCB design solution for small and medium companies looking for high performance at a low cost. eCADSTAR delivers a complete 2D/3D PCB design process, including web part import, SI/PI analysis, and IPC-2581 manufacturing outputs.
Paul Carpine, Siemens Digital Industries Software
When do you first start thinking about the selling price of your new product? It’s impossible to avoid the question of what the price will be. The worst answer is: “I don’t know, let’s see after the first samples.” Let’s say the product’s selling price is $49; then the manufacturing cost will be $20. During each design change, the manufacturing cost should be recalculated to make sure the product is still competitive. This means you should involve people from both the development and cost calculation teams. This circle will be repeated until the final design is released, and the final calculation is done.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
There’s designing the “perfect” circuit board and then there’s designing a board that is “perfect for manufacturing.” While seasoned designers and design engineers understand many of the nuances, PCB fabricator Sunstone Circuits has just published a new book specifically for new designers who have the knowledge of design but are still learning what it means to get the board manufactured. Sunstone’s Matt Stevenson takes the reader through a series of situations that should help clarify what’s happening in the fabrication process and how to adjust a board design to be better suited for manufacturing.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
What is design with manufacturing and what does true DWM look like in operation? In this interview, I-Connect007 columnist Dana Korf explains what it will take to achieve total communication among all the stakeholders in the PCB development cycle. He also stresses the need for everyone involved in PCB design and manufacturing to stop making assumptions, even at the risk of being labeled as “that guy” who asks too many questions.