Cutting design times by 5
Dassault Systèmes’ customers that have implemented this design approach using CATIA Flexible PCB Design have claimed to have reduced their design time cycle by up to 80 percent. Concurrent mechanical and electronic design of flexible PCBs facilitates an optimum floor planning and routing on flexible boards, potentially reducing their size. Designing the flexible PCB in context with the 3D virtual product mock-up allows design iterations between MCAD and ECAD to be minimized.
This makes it possible to achieve right-first-time design, and reduces the need for physical prototypes. The 3D and flattened views of the flexible PCB will be used in downstream applications such as drafting and manufacturing. In case of design change, modifications are propagated seamlessly, leading to significant development cost reduction.
These benefits allow Flexible PCB Design users to obtain a quick return on investment. As an example, a worldwide leading cell phone manufacturer could reduce its design time from 5 days to less than one day for a new flexible PCB, thanks to the complete, end-to-end, 100-percent digital integrated design process provided by Flexible PCB Design.
Dassault Systèmes works closely with its users to improve their process coverage as well as their product functionality and reliability. Considering the remaining space inside a device such as a car radio or a GPS system, it is easy to understand why using an application like Flexible PCB Design provides users with the ammunition to create globally competitive products.
About the author:
Manuel Rei is industry solution leader for collaborative mechatronics engineering solution Dassault Systèmes - www.3ds.com/hightech
Courtesy of EE Times Europe