Cloud platform connects PCB design to mfg Floor

October 08, 2018 // By Julien Happich
Cloud-based platform Altium 365 is what PCB design tools provider Altium claims to be the first step in directly connecting desktop printed circuit board (PCB) design with the manufacturing floor.

Due to be released this December, Altium 365 seamlessly integrates with Altium Designer 19 and leverages the power of cloud to connect designers, component distributors, and manufacturing stakeholders and makes it easy and convenient to share information and design collaboratively.

With the vision of one day providing designers with real-time feedback on the manufacturability of their designs directly from manufacturing equipment, the platform allows designers to share working schematics and 3D board designs with manufacturers who can comment and markup designs in real time using only a web browser. This accelerates the process of going from design concept to manufactured board.

Altium 365 makes it easy to keep product design and manufacturing in sync. Designers simply share any design with a manufacturing partner, and that partner can interact with the design from any device, on any operating system, and guide the designer towards choices that will assure that the board is manufacturable.

Component pricing and availability is another common issue that slows product development. Powered by Octopart, Altium 365 also provides a live connection between the manufacturing bill of materials (BOM) and component data, to help guide designers toward using parts that meet cost, availability, and lead-time constraints.

“This is an important - but only first - step towards delivering on our vision for helping to transform the electronics industry,” said Altium’s Chief Operating Officer Ted Pawela. “Altium 365 will ultimately provide direct, real-time connectivity between design, supply chain, and the people and equipment on the manufacturing floor to achieve this.”


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