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 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.

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

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.

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

Design your electronics to meet the needs of today’s portable and flexible devices with rigid-flex support.

Available now for:
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SOLIDWORKS
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PTC Creo® Parametric™

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.

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™

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.

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 mechanical engineer, you will see a notification in 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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Autodesk Fusion 360®
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Siemens NX™

Start Collaborating

Step 1
ECAD side

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

Step 2
MCAD side

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.

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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