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.
MCAD and ECAD Designers Collaborate with Altium
“With MCAD CoDesigner, we can detect potential problems like we couldn’t before. We can see silkscreens, hidden vias, make sure polarities are correct, where copper traces are—our models are now 100% complete, including overlay and copper. I don’t have to worry about board shapes, or connector placements, even in very tight spaces.”
Bi-directional ECAD-MCAD Design Collaboration
Share design revisions with your mechanical engineering team to ensure the board fits right the first time. In a high-quality PCB layout, component placement must satisfy mechanical constraints.
Avoid error-prone file exchange between tools: quickly push and pull changes between Altium Designer and your mechanical CAD.
Advanced Copper Geometry in MCAD
Give your mechanical designer all the data they need to perform detailed mechanical checks or FEA with advanced geometry support for extruded copper and via transfers.
ECAD-MCAD Rigid-Flex Synchronization
Design your electronics to meet the needs of today’s portable and flexible devices with rigid-flex support.
ECAD-MCAD Native Component Linkage
Save time on your PCB layout: place key components directly in an MCAD environment with complete visibility of enclosure constraints.
Components placed in an MCAD application are automatically synchronized with ECAD components to simplify your design process.
EMCAD-ECAD Enclosure Exchange
Enclosures can fail to fit together at the prototyping phase, and the PCB often contains restrictions based on the mechanical enclosure. Altium MCAD CoDesigner makes it easy to transfer a 3D enclosure model from the MCAD to Altium Designer.
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 mechanical engineer, you will see a notification in Altium Designer.
In ECAD, open a *.PCBdoc, activate the MCAD CoDesigner panel, and click Push.
On the MCAD side, the Mechanical Engineer should download the latest version of the plugin for the MCAD tool, install and activate it in MCAD, and click Pull.
Please visit the desktop version of the website to try out MCAD CoDesigner for the most popular mechanical CAD systems on the market.