Circuit Board Design is a product which addresses circuit board design in a mechanical design context and interfaces with industry standard ECAD systems.

This product offers the following main functions:

  • Data can be exchanged with ECAD Systems through IDF Files (import/export)
  • Circuit board geometry is designed within the global assembly product definition taking into account the mechanical context
  • Electronic properties such as top and bottom faces can be defined and edited on any parts and assemblies
  • Spatial and technological constraint areas can be created and managed
  • Circuit board definitions can be analyzed in the context of the full Digital Mock-Up
  • Creation and management of electronic part catalogs are available
  • Multi-representation of electronic components is managed
  • Hole and cutout patterns are supported as well as pattern of pattern
  • Report capabilities.

As a scalable product, Circuit Board Design can be used in cooperation with other current or future companion products such as Assembly Design and ENOVIA-DMU Navigator.

Using This Guide

This book describes how to use the Circuit Board Design product. As a prerequisite it is recommended that you be familiar with basic Version 5 concepts such as document windows, standard tool bars, and view tool bars.

To get the most out of this guide, we suggest you start reading and performing the step-by-step tutorial "Getting Started".

The remaining sections of the book describe in detail the procedures for using all of the features of the product. The procedures are divided into sections.

Navigating in the Split View mode is recommended. This mode offers a framed layout allowing direct access from the table of contents to the information.

Where to Find More Information

Prior to reading this book, we recommend that you read the CATIA - Infrastructure User's Guide.

The Part Design User's Guide, the Assembly Design User's Guide and the Sketcher may prove useful.

Certain conventions are used in CATIA documentation to help you recognize and understand important concepts and specifications.