CAD Software To Be Equipped With Enhanced Electronics Tools

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Designers will now be able to integrate their electronics and mechanical design ideas in much less time

Good news for users of Fusion 360. Autodesk, the leader in 3D design and engineering software, has announced that it will be adding several new tools for electronics design to its cloud-based CAD software. This will allow users, primarily comprising of electronics design engineers and enthusiasts, to design and make better products, thus enhancing their creativity and innovation.

Slated for a launch in 2020, Fusion 360 will allow users to access key electronics features for printed circuit board (PCB) design, schematics editing, SPICE simulation, library management and much more. By taking advantage of them, users can simply recreate their electronics design ideas in the product development environment of Fusion 360 – all in real time.

All designs integrated into a single platform

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Fusion 360 eliminates the need for importing files, worrying about incompatible data types or inconveniences due to conflict between mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) and electronic computer-aided design (ECAD) in separate software tools. Instead, users will have access to a complete set of PCB layout and schematic editing tools and library content, in addition to comprehensive mechanical design and manufacturing features all in one package.   

“When we launched Fusion 360, our goal was to do away with all the disconnects in the product development process and merge design, engineering, and manufacturing together into a single interface. Now, we’re combining these offerings with other engineering design domains, like electronics, and providing more built-in collaboration across time zones and disciplines to further streamline efforts,” said Stephen Hooper, VP and general manager of Fusion 360.  

PCB schematic and 3D geometry in Fusion 360 (Image credit: www.engineering.com)

Faster delivery of products

As per a survey conducted by engineering.com, 83 percent of designers said that a better integration between electrical and mechanical design processes helped them to deliver their products faster.  

Looking ahead, Autodesk plans to evolve Fusion 360 into a complete product development software platform for customers and partners to get greater value with even more capabilities, plus enriched with generative design and automation opportunities to further accelerate their innovation

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