Sometimes you come across tools that unfortunately skipped out on an intuitive User Interface or easy to use commands, which could have been easily implemented to exponentially increase productivity. SOLIDWORKS PCB is not one of those tools.

On top of it's Unified Platform, easy to use UI and automated output generation, SOLIDWORKS PCB also includes a clean shortcut panel that includes great shortcuts available across the platform. While this list is extensive, there are a few you should be leveraging that

I'm sure most of you have heard the expression "If it's not broke, don't fix it", right?

Well, what would you do if it was broken?...



Autodesk has announced that EAGLE is now only available for purchase as a subscription. Previous, users purchased EAGLE once and used the software indefinitely. This means that you will be obligated to run the latest version and you'll be paying Autodesk on a monthly or yearly basis.  Let's break down the costs. Before Autodesk purchased EAGLE



According to the Aberdeen Group, the cost of 1 prototype averages $8929. Customers need an integrated solution to this main problem.

As a designer, not only do you have deadlines to worry about, but it also doesn’t sit well with your Engineering Manager when you have to tell them you need to do another design re-spin because the board does not fit into the desired enclosure. What if you could ensure proper fitment and proper component placement the first time

Being able to meet your deadlines, and deliver on what you have promised is an integral part of any job. It is so easy for a project to slide off the rails before it has even started properly. So, it is important to ensure that you can deliver on time, what you have promised to deliver.

Mastering the art of meeting and managing deadlines is possible, but you need to have a plan and keep your finger on the pulse at all

Solidworks Toolbox is a library of standard components that can be inserted in assemblies. If you are using Solidworks PDM, you can reap the benefits of managing Toolbox in your vault. Once PDM is configured to manage Toolbox, it performs several automated functions such as:

Checking Toolbox parts in and out as needed
Adding the missing Toolbox parts to the vault
Creating references between assemblies and Toolbox parts

Steps to configure PDM to manage the SOLIDWORKS toolbox library for complete integration

SolidWorks 3D CAD software
Processors - Processor speed is very important to performance. It is typically best to purchase one or two levels down from the fastest available processor. This is because there is typically a large premium to be paid for the fastest available processor(s). There is better value in choosing a high clock speed i7 processor than a lower clock speed Xeon processor. Multiple cores are used within SolidWorks CAD software only when reading and writing files and when

Collaboration between Altium Designer and SolidWorks
As more and more electronic products involve both electrical and mechanical components, and product release cycles get shorter, there's a real need for stronger collaboration between the ECAD and MCAD domains. But that collaboration isn't always smooth.

The electrical and mechanical designer often send emails back and forth or have to dabble in each other's respective design tools. Something that leaves them treading a little water, and far removed from their established comfort zones. The solution is

Moving forward from the last part of this article; we discussed two essential strategies that intend to keep more of your money in your pocket in the long run. To recap, we brought up Digital Prototype Methods and using CAD and simulation software, as well as using Desktop Printers. In this second part, we discuss three more strategies that not only aim to improve your prototype stage, but also the overall workflow.


Simplify your Designs:
If you simply want to test

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