In conventional design approach using ECAD and MCAD authoring tools, electro-mechanical product are designed with many separate rework iterations in each tool. When the design is finished, independently in each tool, the process continues to the common design phase where the MCAD and ECAD designers collaborate to produce the final electro-mechanical product. The mechatronic approach is quite different since there are no separate design phases in each of the authoring tools, instead, there are many common rework iterations with no distinct boundaries between electrical and mechanical design. The nature of common rework iterations implies that real mechatronic collaboration must be integrated into the CAD tools to enable engineers to work across boundaries of their working domain.
MECODES - a new methodology for multi-domain collaboration
MECODES is a unique suite of MCAD and ECAD collaboration solutions. It introduces a new methodology for multi-domain collaboration during the design of electromechanical products. To improve product design, achieve cost reduction and enable more interdisciplinary innovation, MECODES adopts the latest technologies, data exchange formats, and protocols.
Why should you use MECODES?
- Improves design quality
- Faster development processes (reduced rework)
- Optimizes development cycles by integration
- Increased product and process innovation through communication
- Advanced product analysis of cross-discipline results by 3D product representations
- Decreased time-to-market by resolving hurdles through communication within the entire product development process
- Accelerated return-on-investment by the faster introduction of new products to the marketplace
Now available for the 3DEXPERIENCE platform
Video: Collaboration between CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE and Xpedition
CADCAM Group developed the new MECODES software generation for integrating the market-leading innovative business platform - the 3DEXPERIENCE platform with the important electrical PCB design system - Xpedition.
3DEXPERIENCE is a comprehensive business platform which enables the creation of more than a product. It integrates various brands and solutions of Dassault Systèmes – CATIA, ENOVIA, DELMIA, SIMULIA, 3DVIA, DYMOLA, ICEM, EXALEAD, NETVIBES. Those solutions are integrated via a consistent user concept and integrated product data model to a seamless solution. All users work integrated into a single collaborative and interactive environment with a unique database as software solutions are integrated into a unique solution through a consistent customer concept and an integrated product data model.
Xpedition flow provides a clean, integrated design system from concept through manufacturing handoff. Tools are available for every aspect of system definition and simulation to schematic entry, constraint definition, layout, verification, Design for Manufacturability, through design data packaging for handoff to PCB fabrication
The designers and engineers in the two disciplines - mechanical and electrical who work with CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE and Xpedition can view the collectively created design results including 2D electrical board outlines, component placements, routings, silk screens, silk mask, vias etc. transformed in 3D models for the entire electro-mechanical product. The ECAD designers can cross-examine the MCAD data and the MCAD designers can cross-examine the ECAD data.