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DownStream Technologies has announced global availability of Release 2018 for CAM350, BluePrint-PCB, and DFMStream.
Release 2018 is DownStream’s most ambitious release to date, delivering 3D technology for PCB post processing including manufacturing data visualization, stack-up definition, PCB panel visualization and support for 3D PCB documentation. The objective of Release 2018 is to provide a superior environment to visualize, verify and document a printed circuit board. The release also provides a number of major enhancements to increase usability and productivity.
“Release 2018 represents the next generation in PCB Post Processing. By integrating 3D technology into the process, our users can prepare manufacturing data more efficiently, ensuring a smoother transition from virtual PCB designs into physical PCB components,” said Rick Almeida, one of DownStream’s founders.
Key Features for Release 2018
The 3D manufacturing data visualization allows modeling of imported Gerber, drill, ODB++, or IPC-2581 data into a 3D PCB facsimile as well as model the 3D PCB on a fabrication or assembly panel.
The 3D Design View Port allows users to quickly switch between 2D and 3D views.
New 2D/3D PCB Stack UP visualizer is a “What if?” sandbox to orientate artwork layers, insert construction materials, define via technologies, and add thickness and other material attributes in a stack-up environment to ensure the 3D rendering has been implemented.
The 3D documentation uses the 3D PCB model in documents to further clarify design intent or augment traditional 2D documents.
Release 2018 now features support for 3D objects in PDF export. Users can export the 3D model or 3D document in Adobe PDF format.
Release 2018 allows cross-product integration, creating an integrated 2D/3D manufacturing data preparation environment that allows CAM350 and BluePrint to easily share data between manufacturing data optimization and analysis with PCB documentation.
This release marks a major GUI facelift to CAM350 and DFMStream to streamline menus and dialogs as well as increase overall ease-of-use and productivity.
Release 2018 for all products is now available. Upgrades to Release 2018 are available to all existing customers with a valid maintenance agreement at no cost. Actual features and content of each product will vary based on the product configurations chosen by the customer. Contact local sales offices for configurations and pricing, or to purchase new product.
About DownStream Technologies
DownStream Technologies, LLC is a software and services company focused on helping engineering organizations optimize and automate the PCB Release Process. Our tools redefine how engineering professionals post-process PCB designs to create and distribute all the deliverables required for a complete PCB assembly release package. CAM350 provides verification, optimization and output generation to efficiently drive PCB fabrication. DFMStream is a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use tool suite designed to help engineers and designers verify design and manufacturing rules on PCB design databases, Gerber and NC data any time during the PCB design cycle. BluePrint for Printed Circuit Boards works with CAM350 (and other PCB CAD systems) to help users quickly produce comprehensive electronic drawings to drive PCB fabrication, assembly and inspection processes. More information about DownStream can be found here.