ECAD-MCAD Integration

Altium 365 powers the exchange of data between Altium Designer
and the most popular mechanical CAD systems on the market.

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Supported MCAD Tools

A built-in panel, displayed in Altium Designer and your mechanical CAD,
allows engineers to push and pull changes with a mouse click. No manual
conversion or exchange of files is required.

SOLIDWORKS®
SOLIDWORKS®
PTC Creo® Parametric™
PTC Creo® Parametric™
Autodesk Inventor®
Autodesk Inventor®
Autodesk Fusion 360®
Autodesk Fusion 360®
Siemens NX
Siemens NX

Key Capabilities

Bi-directional ECAD-MCAD Design Collaboration

Share design revisions with your electrical team to ensure the board fits right the first time.

Keep your mechanical constraints a priority throughout the collaboration process.

Avoid error-prone file exchange between tools: quickly push and pull changes between Altium Designer and your mechanical CAD.

Available now for:
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SOLIDWORKS
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PTC Creo® Parametric™
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Autodesk Inventor®
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Autodesk Fusion 360®
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Siemens NX*

Advanced Copper Geometry in MCAD

Get all the data needed to perform detailed mechanical checks or FEA with advanced geometry support for extruded copper and via transfers.

WIth Altium MCAD CoDesigner the copper geometry is readable in MCAD and you can perform thermal, vibration, and other mechanical analyses.

Available now for:
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SOLIDWORKS
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PTC Creo® Parametric™
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Autodesk Inventor®

ECAD-MCAD Rigid-Flex Synchronization

Altium MCAD CoDesigner enables the transfer of rigid-flex designs between the ECAD and MCAD domains. Their shape can be adjusted according to the shape of your enclosure in MCAD.

Available now for:
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SOLIDWORKS
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PTC Creo® Parametric™

ECAD-MCAD Native Component Linkage

Components placed in the native MCAD tool are automatically synchronized with Altium 365 to simplify the design process and provide complete visibility of enclosure constraints.

Available now for:
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SOLIDWORKS
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PTC Creo® Parametric™
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Autodesk Inventor®

EMCAD-ECAD Enclosure Exchange

Send an enclosure from MCAD to ECAD seamlessly. PCBs often contain restrictions based on the mechanical enclosure, MCAD CoDesigner makes it easy to transfer a 3D enclosure model from your MCAD to Altium Designer.

Available now for:
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SOLIDWORKS
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PTC Creo® Parametric™
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Autodesk Inventor®
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Siemens NX*

Advanced History

The Altium MCAD CoDesigner panel displays the full history of accepted and rejected changes from both the electrical and mechanical sides. As soon as changes are applied or rejected by the electrical engineer, you will see a notification in your MCAD application.

Available now for:
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SOLIDWORKS
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PTC Creo® Parametric™
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Autodesk Inventor®
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Autodesk Fusion 360®
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Siemens NX*

Start Collaborating

Please Select Your Role
Step 1
ECAD side

In ECAD, the Electrical Engineer should open a *.PCBdoc, activate the MCAD CoDesigner panel, and click Push.

Step 2
MCAD side

On the MCAD side, download the latest version of the plugin for your MCAD tool, install and activate it in MCAD, and click Pull.

SOLIDWORKS®
PTC Creo® Parametric
Autodesk Inventor®
Autodesk Fusion 360®
Siemens NX

Please visit the desktop version of the website to try out MCAD CoDesigner for the most popular mechanical CAD systems on the market.

SOLIDWORKS®
exe, 3.7 MB
PTC Creo® Parametric
exe, 13.4 MB
Autodesk Inventor®
exe, 4.0 MB
Autodesk Fusion 360®
exe, 4.4 MB
Siemens NX
exe, 7.3 MB

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