SolidMaker™ is a unique package that enables 3D PCB modeling and a bi-directional transfer of design data between PCB layout programs as PADS Layout® or Cadence Allegro® and 3D mechanical solid programs such as SolidWorks®, Solid Edge®, Pro/Engineer®, Inventor®, and other mechanical design programs - for editing, design verification and 3-dimensional visualization.
The exchange of design data uses native file formats: ASCII format from the Layout side (Either PADS ASCII file or Allegro's SKILL-extracted design structures) and Parasolid from the 3D mechanical side. No intermediary interface, e.g. IDF or DXF, is required in the process. Therefore, no artificial constrains are imposed on the transfer mechanism.
Board outline / cutouts, pads, keepouts and components can all be transferred between the programs to facilitate the exchange of design intent and packaging constraints between Layout and the Mechanical department.
Never before such a board 3D visualization and transfer of design information between PADS or Allegro
and the leading mechanical design software was that comprehensive and easy.