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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to being agile, electrical and mechanical teams can often bottleneck the product development process by not exchanging information efficiently or early enough.
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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.