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ECAD/MCAD library integration

One of the central features in the MECODES collaboration environment is the common PCB library management system, which represents the key element in the ECAD/MCAD collaboration.

One of the central features in the MECODES collaboration environment is the common PCB library management system. This is a key element in ECAD/MCAD collaboration. MECODES links ECAD footprints and schematic symbol from ECAD authoring tools with CATIA V5 or CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE 3D model of the electronic parts. MECODES delivers more than 3000 3D ECAD CATIA parts which are linked with ECAD library.

Picture: Screen of the MECODES library management system in CATIA V5. Different component views related to the 3D mechanical (left) and electrical systems (middle and right) with footprint and schematic symbol for one component which will be linked together by MECODES thru a transformation matrix

The PCB library has a component update feature for users who want to extend the library with new components or modify existing ones. One of the most important features is the link between 3D component representation (MCAD) and electrical component representation (ECAD) which includes a schematic symbol and footprint for each component. The created common library stores also the transformation matrix which is controlling the component placement into the model of CATIA V5 and 3DEXPERIENCE, thereby reducing the risk of misplacement of components on the PCB.

Picture: MECODES library management in 3DEXPERIENCE with the visualization of the transformation matrix

Here you can see a brief overview of ECAD and MCAD collaboration via MECODES. Synchronization of ECAD PCB data with MCAD is enabled between CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE and Siemens EDA Xpedition.

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