PCB Documentation - The Problem and Solution
Current tools and methodologies for PCB Documentation are essentially workarounds that, rather than automating, in fact create obstacles to quickly producing detailed and accurate PCB documentation.
What is needed is a new approach to PCB documentation – a standalone PCB document authoring tool, developed in the style of Microsoft Office, which quickly creates electronic drawings to drive the PCB fabrication and assembly processes; a tool that “knows” it is creating a PCB document and leverages the PCB CAD data to automatically create and intelligently link PCB Views, details, document notes, external documents, URLs and multi-media content.
The result should be an electronic document which better articulates the instructions for PCB manufacturing, which can be changed instantly, and will lead to faster and more accurate new product introduction. A new product from DownStream Technologies – BluePrint for Printed Circuit Boards – is just such a product.