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If you're a mechanical engineer collaborating with PCB designers using ECAD software platforms, the design process can be frustrating.
It requires constant importing, exporting, and converting files—which adds hours of manual labor, data loss, and rework to the design process.
Altium's CoDesigner capability gives mechanical engineers the ability to design alongside PCB designers in real time, without manual work on files, and empowers effortless product design collaboration from project to project.
The CoDesigner capability makes it easy for mechanical engineers to work alongside their PCB designer colleagues by simply downloading a free plug-in for their MCAD tool and then continuing to work with their native assemblies without leaving their MCAD environment. Once they’re ready to share, mechanical designers can just push/pull changes from their MCAD tools into the Altium ECAD space.
Accessing Altium CoDesigner capability is easy—scroll below for step by step instructions.
Just download a plug-in; no need to leave your MCAD environment!
The CoDesigner capability supports the most commonly used MCAD software tools, including PTC Creo, Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, Autodesk Inventor, and Autodesk Fusion 360.
The CoDesigner capability automatically transfers PCB data from ECAD to MCAD and back via Altium 365 workspace, without any data loss
The CoDesigner plug-in appears as a panel in your MCAD software and works with native ECAD and MCAD data
Set up board geometry in relation to the enclosure inside MCAD and easily transfer it to ECAD; components placed inside MCAD are easily recognized in ECAD, eliminating rework
Accept or reject any changes from MCAD and ECAD with a record of changes, comments and time stamps; changes can be viewed in 2D or 3D for easy product visualization