PCB Studio

Synchronize your ECAD and MCAD teams and support concurrent development through early sharing of electronic and mechanical data.

What is PCB Studio?

PCB Studio connects your ECAD data with Onshape’s MCAD design environment, helping teams get products to market faster with mechanical and electrical designs developing in parallel.

Starting the initial Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design concurrently with the mechanical design in Onshape lets you define board dimensions, enclosure layout options and keep-outs earlier to reach a final design faster.

PCB Studio’s bidirectional information exchange accelerates collaboration with your suppliers, allowing changes in either the electrical or mechanical design to be more quickly communicated and synchronized.

Key Features

Cloud synchronization of
ECAD and MCAD data

Onshape’s PCB Studio supports the bidirectional exchange of printed circuit board (PCB) designs from ECAD systems. By using industry standards specifically designed for interoperability, such as Intermediate Data Format (IDF), Incremental Design Exchange (IDX) and EAGLE (BRD) files, it is possible to exchange data both ways between ECAD solutions and Onshape without any loss of relevant geometric detail.


Custom Part Library

PCB Studio builds a shared library of electrical components, which is searchable, always in sync, and helps your teams reuse components to save time.

PCB Studio creates a simple Onshape model for each new component in the ECAD data, simplifying designs and enhancing performance by using basic shapes. Users can use detailed Onshape component models when required and PCB Studio automatically saves them to their library for quick placement.

Faster Electro-Mechanical Design Iterations

Get to a final board shape and layout faster. Onshape’s in-context editing lets you view detailed 3D PCB components in the context of the assembly enclosure so you can define the board shape, holes, keep-outs and keep-ins. Find and correct issues like collisions, with accurate component dimensions so your board fits right the first time.

CAD users can give direct 3D feedback to electrical teams to finalize component layout and meet tight form-factor constraints – with the flexibility to maintain all spatial relationships or to move individual components like capacitors, resistors or chips.



Drive Designs Based on PCBs

Whether your PCB is purchased stock or uniquely customized, Onshape treats it as an assembly. You can insert stock parts quickly, and search through components to find the specific sensor, chip, or motor that you need to precisely align and mate.

You can design an enclosure around a custom PCB with the confidence of having a shared coordinate system, dimensional units and naming conventions that enforce clear communication between electrical and mechanical teams.

Faster Time to Market

Onshape’s built-in PDM manages both the MCAD and ECAD data in your versioned Onshape Document. You can branch a design to explore multiple board variations, and when you copy, share or roll back changes, your ECAD data stays in sync with your Onshape design.

PCB Studio reduces the risk of human errors common to ECAD and MCAD teams, such as incorrect board shapes, component positions or assembly fit – helping teams agree on a final design faster with bidirectional exchange of PCB information.


PCB Studio Podcast

Watch the Podcast featuring PCB Studio and learn about the history of data exchange between MCAD and ECAD from trailblazer Rob Lacey.

Learn how easy ECAD MCAD interoperability can be

Got Questions?

For more answers or to ask a question yourself head over to the Onshape Forum.

Onshape’s PCB Studio supports the industry-standard Intermediate Data Format (IDF), IDX versions 3.0 and later, and Eagle versions 6 and later.

Onshape supports both IDF versions 2.0 and 3.0. The IDF version 2.0 specification does not support z-axis offset component placement information. However, IDF version 3.0 does support z-offset for component placement.

Onshape supports export for both IDF versions 2.0 and 3.0.

Onshape’s PCB Studio supports the most popular ECAD tools, including Altium Designer and P-CAD, Cadence Allegro and OrCAD, Autodesk Eagle, Siemens Xpedition and PADS and any software which exports IDF.

PCB Studio is available for Onshape Professional and Enterprise plan subscribers.

Onshape’s PCB Studio Library uses the latest version of the ECAD data specified in the IDF file.

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