90% of Panels Provided by PCB Designers
Are Re-Paneled by Fabrication
Yes, while fabrication needs the specification for the creation of assembly panels, they don’t need the stepped up data. The stepped up data is typically deleted and the fabricator works with the individual board through the tooling process. Once the tooling of the individual board is complete, they step it into the assembly panel specified in the documentation. Why? Because they want to work on one board at a time as opposed to multiple boards if they used the stepped up data. This way they insure any edits are done to all boards exactly the same.
So the question is: Does the designer need to provide stepped up outputs or just the documentation for the stepped up outputs?
The answer is: Just the documentation, most, if not all, of any other outputs made are discarded by Fabrication.
Why waste the effort of going from the Electrical CAD system, to a mechanical CAD with some having to use a CAM system as a go-between?
BluePrint solves this problem by allowing the user to create all their panel documents in the same location they create all other documentation. Wizards allow the user to quickly create the stepped data; web routes, mill tabs, score line, and the details associated with them; fiducials and tooling holes are added with a few mouse clicks. No longer does the designer need to do the work of the fabricator, just to create proper documentation.
Other panelization specific features include:
- Merging of web routes to properly represent what the panel will look like after fabrication
- Add web routes and mill tabs to areas away from the boards
- Generation of Centroid information for the entire panel
- Create complete panels from board outlines only, use different shapes to simulate different boards
- Only have Gerber’s? Use CAM350 to add intelligence, then open up the data in Blueprint and leverage it to create your documentation.
- Share Step and Repeat info with CAM350