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We are pleased to announce that Adafruit Industries will act as a global reseller of our software EAGLE.
Adafruit, one of the most important businesses for the Maker and DiY (Do It Yourself) segments, will be an asset for CadSoft to better support this growing segment.
Thomas Liratsch, Managing Director of CadSoft Computer, explained: “We have defined the DIY and Maker space as one of our key segments – not only recently, but two decades ago when CadSoft was born. As the DIY, Maker and hacker scene is becoming extremely popular and important, we continue to look for opportunities to support this market and drive innovation. Adafruit is a well-known and established company, focusing on exactly this customer group and these goals, and we are very pleased and looking forward to our expanding relationship.”
Phillip Torrone, Managing Director of Adafruit Industries, added: “In our opinion, adding the CadSoft EAGLE PCB design software to our portfolio is just the next logical step. Our company founder Limor Fried – in the maker scene widely known as LadyAda – has been using EAGLE since her early days of designing PCB’s, and it is still her tool of preference. This collaboration with CadSoft enables us to offer our customers another indispensable tool when it comes to the design of electronics.”
25th anniversary poll gives insight into the key focus areas for PCB design engineers in the global electronics industry
We are celebrating our 25th anniversary by revealing the findings of its global survey of PCB designers. Since the company’s formation in 1988 the electronics industry has evolved considerably, with two of the biggest trends of recent years being the rise of online peer-to-peer communities and social media. CadSoft’s survey found that 83% of respondents consider online peer-to-peer communities to be ‘vital’ or ‘important’ to their work, yet despite this nearly half (41%) remain inactive on such sites.
Meanwhile 42% of respondents thought social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook influence their designs as a resource for gathering product news, design hints and ideas in much the same way as forums. Yet almost the same amount – 36% – think social media isn’t important at all because there is too much “noise.”
Commenting on these findings Thomas Liratsch, Managing Director at CadSoft Computer said: “25 years ago PCB designers didn’t have the luxury of online forums or social media. It’s clear that the vast majority see the benefits nowadays, but a surprising number simply aren’t engaging with these channels. As a result of this disconnect, online community sites such as element14 remain very much an untapped resource to a generation of PCB designers. CadSoft has from its early days been very interactive with EAGLE users through dedicated support forums. These have always been well received by our users, giving them the opportunity to get answers to their questions and to suggest improvements to the software. Some of the stigma attached to social media channels like Twitter perhaps stems from a lack of understanding and suggests people don’t know how to filter out the irrelevant content and narrow the information streams to really focus on key influencers and like-minded peers. Twitter isn’t just for teenagers and pop culture.”
Other notable findings from the survey include:
- Nearly two-thirds of respondents (64%) think development boards are reducing the need for custom PCB design
- ¾ of respondents (74%) are targeting control system applications with their design and almost half (46%) are involved in Open Source Hardware
- The majority of designers would put functionality before cost when buying design tools, with 60% of respondents rating functionality as an “extremely important” factor
- element14 voted the most popular online forum for PCB designers
- 87% cited improved library management, speedier part creation as desirable or extremely desirable features for future versions of CadSoft EAGLE
- The majority surveyed (30%) work on 1-3 new designs or updates in a year, while 24% are working on 10+
Ed Robledo, General Manager of CadSoft USA added: “The huge explosion of development boards, which our survey suggests is reducing the need for custom PCB design, is actually proving to be a big opportunity for us, with CadSoft now used for more and more development board design. It goes to show that while the electronic design landscape continues to evolve, there are still core requirements such as usability which remain as important as ever. Historically, this has always been CadSoft’s strength – the ability to provide functional software which optimises an engineer’s productivity.”
The unrepresentative survey, conducted in October 2013, included responses from professional engineers from 42 countries. Full results of the survey can be viewed via this slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/Farnellelement14/e14-cadsoftslideshare-final-28519958?CMP=PRR-EUR-13-0035
Have a look at our interactive timeline with the most relevant milestones of the last 25 years!
CadSoft Computer and Epec Engineered Technologies recently finalized a North American distribution agreement. Epec now supports CadSoft’s strategy of expanding its presence in this key market, by helping to address the growing demand for an affordable, easy to use PCB design solution.
Founded in 1952, Epec is the oldest production printed circuit board company in North America. By offering flexible manufacturing capabilities, design and engineering services, quality platforms, and 24 x 7 support, Epec helps companies master the complex challenges of the global electronics industry.
Epec Engineered Technologies is one of the leading PCB suppliers in the electronics industry in the US, generating the majority of its business from high-quality circuit board manufacturing. Besides PCB fabrication, Epec is also a provider of custom battery packs, flex and rigid-flex circuits, user interface products, electronic fans and motors, and cable assemblies.
“Signing Epec Engineered Technologies as one of our distributors in North America is another step to expanding our existing market presence in the US, a key focus for us this year. Given Epec’s presence and reputation in the North American market and the strong association between our respective businesses, we are confident this will enhance our strategy of raising the awareness and improving visibility of EAGLE to the relevant audiences”, commented Thomas Liratsch, Managing Director of CadSoft Computer.
Ed McMahon, CEO of Epec Engineered Technologies stated; “ A partnership with CadSoft fits perfectly with Epec’s long term strategy of working with the leading OEM’s to design and manufacture world class products. The EAGLE product line allows us to offer another solution to problems that design engineers face: cost effective, yet leading edge PCB design software tools. Our global sales and marketing teams are excited to add the EAGLE product and services to our customer offering.”
CadSoft is going to attend this year’s World Maker Faire New York.
You will find us at Booth 38 in the Maker Pavilion.
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According to our system maintenance, the new EAGLE version 6.5 is now available!
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Partnership provides training to prepare students for greater success in careers in electronics design and product development
Munich, 17 July 2013 – CadSoft Computer and element14 Asia-Pacific have partnered with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) of Singapore to provide training on Computer Aided Design of PCB (Printed Circuit Board) for students in Asia-Pacific. CadSoft’s award-winning software, EAGLE, is a user-friendly, powerful and affordable tool for PCB design, and has been used by design engineers worldwide for 25 years.
CadSoft Computer and element14 Asia-Pacific, a distributor of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair, will work with ITE on developing the curriculum for PCB design that supports ITE’s Electronics courses, including Schematics Capture, Components of Library Creation, PCB Routing among others.
As part of the agreement, ITE will establish a CadSoft-element 14 EAGLE Training Centre at ITE College West. This training centre will be used to provide training in the use of the CadSoft EAGLE software for both ITE students and industry professionals. CadSoft will supply the necessary licenses and technical support for the training sessions. Through the training, students will learn to work with the EAGLE software on multiple projects before entering a professional career in electronics design.
Thomas Liratsch, General Manager of CadSoft Computer said, “We are delighted to team up with ITE and element14 to provide technical education for PCB design. Education is a key success factor for young students and helps them keep pace with the fast developments in the electronics industry. The familiarity and proficiency gained from our CAD training will be an asset to the students for any professional career in the electronics industry.”
Dr Yek Tiew Ming, Principal, ITE College West, welcomed this collaboration, “This partnership reaffirms ITE’s commitment in forging closer partnerships with the industry, moving towards its vision of being a global leader for innovations in technical education. We take pride to partner CadSoft and element14 –global market leaders in PCB Design Software. This partnership will offer an excellent platform for us to draw on their individual strengths and synergise their resources for the common good. It is an actualisation of ITE’s philosophy to continually engage the industry and provide industry-relevant skills, knowledge and values for employability and lifelong learning in a global economy.”
Ravi Pagar, Regional Director – South Asia, element14 Asia-Pacific, added, “element14 is delighted to partner with ITE and CadSoft to give students a taste of the real world early on in their course. We work with many industry-leading suppliers to offer solutions, applications and products for electronics design, and this collaboration will pave the way for us to work more closely on industrial projects together to enhance the training of their students.”
CadSoft, home of the successful PCB design software EAGLE, has awarded its top resellers 2013 for the regions Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
Stratford Digital (USA, Canada), CADware (Czech Republic) and Circuit Boards Service (Japan) have been selected as CadSoft’s resellers of the year for 2013 based on their effort and success in selling EAGLE.
“We recognize Stratford Digital’s, CADware’s and Circuit Boards Service’s long-term commitment and great performance over many years and are delighted to award them as our Resellers of the year 2013. It is also thanks to their contribution that EAGLE – which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year – remains successful and valuable to customers worldwide. All three companies have a very long business relationship to CadSoft and deliver the world-class service in their regions that EAGLE users expect”, says Thomas Liratsch, General Manager of CadSoft Computer.
Besides being the first North American distributor to offer online sales of EAGLE licenses, Stratford Digital also offers custom tools, training, and design services for many EAGLE customers. The free web-interface that they maintain at www.eaglecentral.ca/forums provides a great service to the EAGLE community.
CADware has been successfully selling CAM- / CAE- Software and plotters for board manufacturing for over 21 years. EAGLE benefits from their experience and from the close relationship to this Czech company that also publishes its own electronic magazine, namely DPS.
Circuit Boards Service has established EAGLE in the Japanese market and, thanks to their sales and regional marketing engagement, Japan is now one of the key markets for CadSoft in the Asia-Pacific region. Circuit Boards Service focuses on plotters for PCB fabrication, professional CAD Software and automatic test equipment.
This year, CadSoft is going to participate at one of Europe’s most popular hackers and makers events, OHM 2013. This 5 day festival consists primarily of lectures and workshops and will take place in early August in the Netherlands, north of Amsterdam.
André Schmeets from Farnell Belgium will attend the show personally and run a lecture and several workshops about EAGLE. Moreover, CadSoft has made a contribution to the event and appears with its’ logo among the sponsors on OHM’s website.
Thomas Liratsch, General Manager of CadSoft, says: “We are looking forward to participating at this event and are delighted to have André as an expert on-site who can once more demonstrate the value of EAGLE for the hobbyist scene. This year, the maker community is for CadSoft, as for the whole Premier Farnell Group, a focus segment and our EAGLE software is a perfect tool for them: easy to use, affordable and efficient.”
CadSoft @ OHM2013: 31st July – 4th August
The CadSoft team will be participating this year in the 50th anniversary of the Design Automation Conference being held in Austin, TX from 2nd to 6th June 2013. Please come by and visit us!
A new manual about the PCB design software EAGLE V6 by Mitchell Duncan has been published in early May.
EAGLE is a user-friendly, powerful and affordable software for efficient circuit board design (PCB design) and combines the schematic editor, layout editor and autorouter on one single interface. Shared Open Source User Language Programs (ULPs) guarantee maximum flexibility by enabling various features, such as simulation, realization of individual instruction sequences, data export and import.
The book – published by Elektor International Media – explains the functionalities of EAGLE’s main modules schematic editor, layout editor and the auto router and provides guide lines about the usage of the two editor modules. It also states examples of how to apply EAGLE and directs through the design and development of an entire PCB project.
“We at CadSoft are delighted about the release of this Getting Started guide which gives an introduction to the current EAGLE v6. Of course, we were more than happy to support this ambitious project and have provided the attached CD-ROM with the EAGLE download package for the first edition”, says Thomas Liratsch, General Manager at CadSoft.
The first edition of “Learning to fly with EAGLE V6” including the EAGLE CD-ROM is available through the Elektor website.
CadSoft is further strengthening its’ presence in the Turkish market by having recently signed a contract with a new distributor, namely “Beti Bilişim Teknolojileri Ltd. Şti.”.
Beti is one of the leading electronics companies in Turkey that produce technologic training equipments for universities. By introducing new and high technology products and trainings sets based on embedded electronics in Turkey, Beti is well-known among universities, lecturers and engineering students.
“Our main intention is to prepare simple and inexpensive training tools associated with carefully prepared students’ workbooks, so that every school and every student will be able to afford to buy it and to get acquainted with new technologies”, says Zeynep Köksal, owner of Beti.
Thomas Liratsch, General Manager of CadSoft, states: “The new cooperation with Beti Bilişim Teknolojileri Ltd. Şti will help us to achieve a better market penetration in Turkey. We are looking forward to a successful cooperation as their focus on the university segment ties in perfectly with EAGLE’s main USPs: easy to use, flexible and affordable. These key functionalities meet the education segment’s requirements towards CAD software and make EAGLE so attractive for it.”
The cooperation between CadSoft and Beti will allow simplifying the design task of engineering students and professionals in Turkey by using EAGLE software in their projects. They will have the possibility to challenge every technological advance and will be able to handle their complex PCB designs easily.
Stratford Digital, one of our training partners in North America, will be hosting a 2-day EAGLE training course in Dallas, Texas on April 30-May 1, 2013. Each module of EAGLE will be covered in depth followed by a guided, hands-on lab. Each day will end with a one hour Q&A period where specific questions about your own designs or environments can be addressed.
For more information go to http://www.eaglecentral.ca/eagle/services/training or to register go to http://www.eaglecentral.ca/eagle-training-inquiry.
EAGLE received 1st place in the “Product of the Year 2013” software category from Elektronik magazine. The award winners are elected annually by the German magazine’s readers, and EAGLE has won the “Product of the year” category for the 8th time.
“We are honored that Elektronik readers have again voted for us, which shows their trust and loyalty, as EAGLE has now received this award for the eighth time. We would like to thank all readers of Elektronik magazine and all EAGLE users who have voted for us. We will continue to listen to the needs and suggestions of our users and make EAGLE even more attractive for Design Engineers. This award also shows that even in economic challenging times, and where the market gets flooded by free software, EAGLE is even more the tool of choice for a broad band of engineers” said Thomas Liratsch, General Manager of CadSoft Computer.
Another impressive project comes with Eagle.
Cookie board is an open-source compatible 32-bit ARM prototyping platform based on ARM Microcontrollers, offered along with a free ARM development environment from CooCox. It helps you to enter into Embedded Development and makes it simple to add sensing and control to a huge range of projects, whether you are an engineer, designer, artist or hobbyist.
Cookie board expands the concepts of 8-bit Arduino into 32-bit ARM Cortex MCUs. The Cookie NuMicro edition is based on the Nuvoton Cortex M0 microcontroller M0516LBN. The M0516LBN with Cortex-M0 core can run up to 50MHZ, with 64KB Flash for program memory; 4KB Flash for data memory, 4KB SRAM, 2 UARTs, 2 SPIs, and 1 I2C. The Cookie NuMicro edition is fully compatible with Arduino, with 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analog inputs, a power jack, an ICSP header; it contains everything needed to support the microcontroller. There is also an onboard CoLinkEx for debugging purpose.
Cookie board comes with CooCox development environment – a Free and Open ARM development tool environment. CooCox provides a complete tool kit including IDE, Flash Programmer, Graphical Pin configuration and code generation tool, and other assistant tools. The CoX interface, a unified peripheral interface defined by CooCox, makes it incredibly easy to reuse Arduino Shields and separate modules across different Cookie boards based on different ARM Cortex M0/M3/M4/M0+ MCU platforms.
Hardware CAD design files are open source under CC BY-SA 3.0 license in Eagle format!
Visit www.coocox.org/Cookie.html to download and learn more.
EAGLE Version 6.4 is now also compatible with MAC 10.8. and includes many bug fixes and new features, such as:
- Simulation of EAGLE schematics in LTspice IV
- Import of design files from P-CAD, Altium and Protel in ACCEL-ASCII
- Improved user guidance and presetting (tool hints, shortcuts)
- Display and search function of attributes for the ADD- and REPLACE-dialogue
- Search functionality within the control panel tree; display of attributes in the preview for device sets
- Individual properties for DIMENSION command
For more information please read the release notes!
LTspice IV is Linear Technology’s high performance SPICE simulator, schematic capture and waveform viewer with enhancements and models for simulating switching regulators. LTspice IV provides all SPICE analysis types within the time and the frequency domain. To make these functionalities available for your schematic created with EAGLE you can download the LTspice IV-EAGLE ULP (User Language Program) from the CadSoft website. This ULP enables the export of EAGLE data into LTspice IV and vice versa. Complete schematic sheets and single schematic groups can be transferred. Schematic changes are synchronized between both tools.
The new version is a bugfix release. Nevertheless it contains new features, such as:
Control Panel Preview
Preview extensions for board and schematic. Sheet descriptions and size information are also displayed.
Beside file path indication of the date and size of the currently selected file in the status bar.
New access options for V6-improvements (i.e. various Pad forms) through User Language
Selection of retangles and origins of elements or parts.
Snap to objects on defining the second dimension point.
Now text objects can contain more than one line.
Line distance can be set.
DesignLink: Search text field with history and filtering of results.
PCB Quote Service: Quote parameters now go to element14, where regional specific partners are offered. Parameters forassembly service were added.
For more detailed information check out the release
13th – 16th Nov 2012 – Munich
The EAGLE specialists Ed Robledo and Richard Hammerl will show the Version 6 features at the Farnell element14 booth in Hall A5/558. Furthermore, CadSoft will launch the EAGLE-LTspice IV ULP that enables users to simulate their EAGLE schematics.
Furthermore, the Part Time Scientists will present their lunar rovers at our booth and will give you the chance to take a race and win one of their original rovers! The Part Time Scientists are a group of engineers participating at the Google Lunar X-Race and challenging with other teams worldwide to be the first landing a rover on the moon until Dec 2013!
Visit us, ask your questions, talk to our EAGLE specialists and get the chance to win one of 20 prize bundles, 100 sample kits and a Vega Hybrid 50cc Scooter of Aspes from Würth Elektronik, CadSoft, Texas Instruments and Farnell element14!
accelerate the integration of wireless power technology into their new designs
& existing designs. Also learn how to use EAGLE, the must have PCB design
software, to individualize your design. Come join this free session and hear
from experts from Texas Instruments, Würth Elektronik, CadSoft EAGLE and
CadSoft, Texas Instruments and Würth Elektronik have partnered to present the most recent solutions for wireless power technology.
Wireless power integration made easy with TI’s Qi Compliant Wireless Power bqTESLA evaluation modules and solution portfolio from TI & Wurth enable design engineers to easily accelerate the integration of wireless power technology in consumer electronics, such as smart phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, along with infrastructure applications such as furniture and cars. We’ll help you cross the design finish line in record time with a wide range of evaluation modules both on the transmitter and receiver side to help reduce the design cycle of wireless power solutions.
Whether implementing wireless charging within an existing design, or adding it to a new one, we’ve got the tools, support and expertise to help you – cut the cord! Make your own kit by selecting a TI transmitter and receiver module with corresponding Charging-Coils provided by Wurth Elektronik.
Design files and the appropriate component library is available in the EAGLE format!
Visit the Wireless Power Group
Download the TI and Würth EAGLE library for wireless technology components: http://www.cadsoftusa.com/downloads/TI
This enclosed paper explains the front-end engineering process that we use at Eurocircuits. All PCB fabricators carry out broadly similar operations even if they give them different names. We have included our own names for the various stages, so that if you are a Eurocircuits user you can follow the progress of your job through our front-end engineering process.
Manufacturing Engineer, Screaming Circuits
BGA Layout Design for Manufacturing
While designing your circuit board incorrect layout for BGA components can
result in a loss of time, money and an inoperative board.
This webinar will present an overview of the unique layout challenges
associated with BGA components and the essential guidelines to follow to assure
your board will be manufactured accurately and cost-effectively.
Date: 27th June 2012
Time: (17.30pm GMT) (18:30 pm BST) (12.30pm EST)
The Design Flow Series shares knowledge and know-how with engineers from
some of the world’s leading software, semiconductor and electronics companies.
The practical ‘how to’ advice is structured around the electronics design flow
from specification through assembled prototype and is delivered by practicing
engineers who are experts in their field.
This is relevant to USA
An EAGLE Würth Elektronik eiSos library is now available for the complete product portfolio and contains the newest and most innovative products. EAGLE users can download the library for free on the CadSoft website and integrate it into EAGLE!
SUBMIT YOUR BUILT. GET VOTED. WIN PRIZES.
Submit your most creative design project for our CadSoft EAGLE Design Competition hosted on element14 and powered by Mircochip.
Participants should be sure to build their designs in Version 6 of EAGLE, and include a Microchip MCU or DSC in their project.
Grand Prize Winner: DELL Alienware M17x r3 + EAGLE Version 6 Professional (incl. all three modules)
2nd Prize Winner: MICROCHIP-DV164037 Evaluation Kit: ICD3, EXPLORER 16, DM163022 (18-Bit development board) + EAGLE Version 6 Professional (incl. all three modules)
3rd Prize Winner: EAGLE Version 6 Standard (incl. all three modules)
You have questions related to PCB fabrication or assembly? Check out the new PCB services forum on element14 and receive answers on your questions from the community and dedicated experts!
Visit the forum
element14 in conjunction with Texas Instruments are pleased to announce the Ultimate Road Test, a competition which will stretch the capabilities of three highly skilled and creative engineers from across the globe whom element14 has selected to take up the challenge.
The task is to design and build a working prototype application using existing development tools, software, and design tools (including CadSoft’s EAGLE) that creates a real-world solution within the Home Automation market. The end application must included functional elements utilizing wireless, sensing, motor control, and lighting.
An updated version of the recently released version 6 is ready for download! EAGLE 6.2 is a bugfix-release and does not include new features.
Customers who already purchased V6 can update their license for free by downloading the software!
Take your chance to save money!!!
American users can get their prototype produced at Pentalogix with a 10% discount by entering the promo code OFF10PCB on quote! Simply click on the “PCB Service”-button in your EAGLE, get connected to the element14 PCB service and send your quote request to Pentalogix.
The offer is valid until 5/31/12
The Part Time Scientists - using an EAGLE license sponsored by CadSoft – participate as one of 26 teams at Google Lunar X PRIZE. Their latest prototype of the Asimov R3 Rover will be presented live in the German TV Show SternTV today on RTL at 10:15 pm CEST.
The Google Lunar X PRIZE is igniting a new era of lunar exploration by offering the largest international incentive prize of all time. A total of $30 million in prizes are available to the first privately funded teams to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, have that robot travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to the Earth.
The Design Flow Series webinars share knowledge and know-how with engineers from some of the world’s leading software, semiconductor and electronics companies. The practical ‘how to’ advice is structured around the electronics design flow from specification through assembled prototype and is delivered by practising engineers who are experts in their field.
Join the inititial series:
- Programming the Raspberry Pi
4th April 2012; 3pm BST/10am EST
- Application Design (Microchip)
11th April 2012; 3pm BST/10am EST
- RTOS Selection and Integration (Micrium)
25th April 2012; 3pm BST/ 10am EST
- Integrated PCB Design and Prototyping (CadSoft)
9th May 2012; 3pm BST/ 10am EST
- Test and Verification: The defining moment (Tektronix)
23rd May 2012; 3pm BST/ 10am EST
The EAGLE download pages are now even more userfreindly, interactive and visible.
- See number of file downloads
- Visit user profiles of ”Uploaders”
- Rate uploaded files
- See the most recently uploaded files
- Search for files
User profiles are now necessary to upload files. Nevertheless it is optional how many information you enter. User profiles are accessible for all visitors of the downloadpages and include links to all your uploaded files, which enables you to get your “download-fans” updated on your recent activities.
16th of March 2012 – CadSoft’s EAGLE was first placed in the category “ Product of the Year – Engineer Software 2012” at the award ceremony of the German magazine Elektronik in Munich.
“We are very honored that the Elektronik readers have again voted for us, which shows their trust and loyality, since EAGLE has received this award for the seventh time. We would like to thank all EAGLE users who have voted for us and we promise to continue to listen to the needs and suggestions of our users to make EAGLE even more attractive for Design Engineers.”, said Thomas Liratsch, General Manager of CadSoft Computer GmbH.
A new EAGLE version 6 tutorial explaing how to create a project and to draw a schematic is available now:
For further tutorials visit the tutorial area
EagleUp utility lets design engineers create and share 3D virtual prototypes before expensive real-world prototyping decision are made.
In a move to empower PCB design engineers to create virtual prototype designs, element14 has launched the EagleUp 3D design converter, enabling design engineers to export 2D layouts from CadSoft’s EAGLE PCB design software into Google SketchUp to create accurate 3D prototype simulations. As electronic products become slimmer and more ergonomic, modern PCBs have increasingly complex layouts and outlines that need to be mapped very accurately during the design process.
With pressure to shorten time-to-market for new products, the one-click export feature of EagleUp speeds-up PCB design by creating a realistic image of the PCB, which can be closely examined for accuracy and modification, can prove extremely valuable. The 3D model allows designers to combine multiple boards in the same model to check for misaligned connectors and ‘collisions’ of tall components. The model can also be used to evaluate airflow around devices, and the accessibility of test and mounting points. Designers can also convert mechanical models from STEP and IGES available on the manufacturers’ websites. The final SketchUp model can be exported to other MCAD tools in STEP format, if necessary. EagleUp is written as an EAGLE ULP (User Language Program), enabling customisation to specific design needs. The EAGLE ULP scripting language is simple (C-type syntax) and offers access to all the information about the layout. The import plugin in SketchUp is written with the built-in Ruby script. All source codes are also available. All the tools necessary for EagleUp can be downloaded free of charge for Windows and Mac OS platforms from http://eagleup.wordpress.com/installation-and-setup/.
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