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Unlimited PCB Instances and Views

BluePrint loads the PCB CAD data a single time then uses the source CAD data to create unlimited views of the PCB data in different images: Top Side View, Bottom Side View, Inner Layers, Drill Patterns, Board Outline only, or any combination of layers contained in the CAD database. Each instance or "PCB View" may have its own display settings and may be resized or formatted independently of the source data. All instances of the PCB Images are linked to the source CAD data allowing instantaneous update of the PCB documentation for lightening fast ECOs.

BluePrint's patented technology allows users to place unlimited views of the PCB on any drawing sheet, supporting individual custom displays and formatting.

Assembly Variants

BluePrint supports Assembly Variants in both the parts list and the assembly PCB view. Each variant of the final assembly can be depicted in the assembly drawing with its corresponding parts list. Component installation status can be displayed graphically for easy visualization of the final PCB assembly build. This function minimizes ambiguity and time in final inspection to insure that all parts are installed correctly. Fabrication and Assembly Detail Wizard automatically creates common detail elements such as the PCB layer and via stack up, v-scoring, finger chamfer, exploded views, and side and sectional views using component height attributes contained in the PCB CAD data.

Mechanical Component Support

BluePrint is the only EDA tool on the market that understands that PCBs are comprised of both electrical AND mechanical components. Users may define any drawing item as a mechanical component and store it in a "Gallery" for re-use. Mechanical components can also be associated to electrical components to help automate correct parts list quantity calculations particularly when Assembly Variants are also used. BluePrint can construct a Mechanical Component a number of different ways: Manually using BluePrint's drafting tools, importing DXF objects from a mechanical system, or importing any digital image file (JPEG, BMP, etc) that the user wishes to depict as a mechanical component.

Unified Parts List Creation

The Parts List Manager allows the user to interactively modify parts list data to ensure that all the necessary
parts list items are included in the final release package. Information such as reference documents and files, mechanical components, and the PCB can be added and modified. Parts list data can be imported and exported to and from ERP/MRP and PLM systems for the enterprise. The Make Parts List item functionality allows users to interactively create new parts list items during assembly pictorial creation and automatically add the part list item to the Parts List Manager and parts list.

Engineering Change Orders (ECOs)

All BluePrint drawing elements using the source PCB CAD data always remains linked to that source data. This allows BluePrint to perform lightening fast ECOs by refreshing only the source CAD data. When refreshed, all instances of the original CAD data (PCB views, tables, details, parts lists, drill charts, etc), are refreshed to display the new PCB CAD data. All unique settings defined for each instance are maintained further minimizing ECO documentation. BluePrint will also detect if the source CAD file was altered and prompt the user to refresh. A graphic indicator informs the user if the BluePrint documentation package is in or out of synch with the source PCB CAD data. There is no limit on the number of times the PCB CAD data can be refreshed. The ECO function also works on imported Parts List data created from an ERP/MRP/PLM system.

This feature dramatically reduces the amount of time associated with changing documentation due to PCB
artwork changes.