It can be pretty easy getting used to the software that we use for our PCB design projects, which is as it probably should be, but it is possible that you not currently using the best software that is available right now. Printed circuit board software design companies are always updating the software that they produce, adding new features that can help to improve your PCB designs.
Keep reading to see how new circuit board design program packages can improve your designs and why you should upgrade.
3D View Designs
Easily one of the best new design features that can greatly help with your PCB designs is a 3D view. A lot of the larger printed circuit board software companies, such as Altium, have incorporated this feature into their software packages to give their customers the best chance to create something that works as expected. If you take a look at the Altium website, you’ll be able to find some guides to their 3D printed board software and it’s key features.
When designing in 3D, designers are able to more easily spot any mistakes that they may have made. Many do prefer designing in 2D but it easy enough to switch between the two to get a better view of the project.
Large Component Libraries
To create the very best design that you can, you have to ensure that you have an extensive list of components to choose from. Another excellent thing about new printed circuit board design software is that they come bundled with component libraries that are updated on a regular basis so that you always have a wide choice.
What this means is that if you are not able to find the component that you need you will be able to find a backup easily and get your design project up and running again. These days there is really no need to go searching in different libraries to find what you need, not when you can have everything in one place. Welcome to 2019!
When it comes to printed circuit board design, one of the most important aspects is designing the schematic. If you are not using the latest software, you may not be making use of one of the best features that can drastically improve your schematic design and make sure that everything is as it should be.
Upgrading your software would mean that you are able to build a schematic and compare it with your ongoing design as it develops. This method improves accuracy so be sure to always keep your design software up to date.
In the end, the march of the printed circuit board continues unabated and unchallenged. The same can be said of technology as a whole, the very same technology that relies on printed circuit boards.
Keeping your software up to date just makes sense both in the short term and the long term.
If the above hasn’t managed to convince you why new design software enhances the overall process, then possibly nothing will. One thing is for sure – as the needs placed on boards increases, the software used to design them must adapt.