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Breaking Down the Cubicle Wall with ECAD/MCAD Collaboration

“Throw it over the wall” has traditionally been the mindset when dealing with updates and changes between the ECAD and MCAD domains. As a result of this strategy, updates and synchronization points tend to be infrequent. When issues are found, design teams may need to walk back through a multitude of changes and design decisions to solve the problems identified. This approach is inherently inefficient and error-prone, leading to schedule delays and product development issues. 



Ideally you need a way to facilitate collaboration early and often, giving your teams the ability to check in and share changes in near real-time. This kind of collaboration breaks down the barriers (even if they are thin cubicle walls) between ECAD and MCAD and allows the two design disciplines to operate as a single product development team. 


Isn’t this only for high end electronics? 

Effective collaboration between ECAD and MCAD should be seen as a basic product design requirement not a premium capability only available to top customers at an extra cost. Even design teams with relatively simple electronic requirements can have very complex ECAD/MCAD integration issues.  



As design requirements have evolved and electronics are packed into more and more products (often with complex case and housing designs) the need for effective ECAD/MCAD collaboration has grown. At the end of the day your CAD environment should allow you to deliver a complete product with all the capabilities your customers need in a form factor they want. 


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