PCB Design Tools Get New 3D Capabilities As Part Of Its New Release

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Adds convenience and improves design time with an intuitive 3D detection, measurement, and editing system that makes it easy to find spacing problems and fix them

Pulsonix™, the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) company delivering technology-leading PCB design solutions, announced the release of Pulsonix version 10.5, with over 30 new enhancements based on user requests from professional PCB designers.

PCB design created strictly in a 2D environment makes it very difficult to avoid physical spacing problems caused by part packages, board enclosures, or other non-electrical components, which is inherently a 3D problem. The Pulsonix 10.5 release includes new 3D viewing options for component and enclosure transparency, lighting, and clash markers, and component-to-component distance measurements. Users fix problems in the 3D environment by repositioning objects in single-axis movements, making it very easy to move components while also maintaining proper alignment with the board and other components. Beyond fixing problems, the new 3D exploded view enables users to visually inspect the via structures and copper of internal layers of multi-layer PCBs. Finally, for precise and intuitive view positioning, Pulsonix now supports a 3D SpaceMouse®, allowing users to rotate and zoom the view simultaneously with one hand, while the other uses the mouse to make component positional changes.

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Another area of commonly requested improvements involved design rules and constraints. New for the 10.5 release is the ability to define constraint rules by area in the schematic around components and nets, and then propagate those rules to the PCB environment. Users can also gain improved control with the ability to turn on or off individual rules, seeing which rules are being violated in a single table view, spreadsheet style filtering of rules, and other convenience features.

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User requests led to improvements in many other areas of the Pulsonix toolset. For example, track impedance tooltips now make it fast and easy to see the impedance, capacitance, inductance, and propagation delay for any track on the PCB. Another example is the new bus connection and multi-net routing capability in the schematic editor. There are also new dynamic copper pour improvements, thermal spoke additions, tab routing options in Panel Editor, better layer stackup visualization, and more. Finally, to complement the extensive array of import/export filters (the largest of any EDA product), the 10.5 release adds new options for importing Eagle designs and exporting OrCAD netlists.

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