Enhanced Simulation System Empowers New PCB Designs

Ansys, Inc. and Autodesk, Inc. are collaborating on a printed circuit board (PCB) extension, marking Autodesk Fusion 360’s first third-party extension. The extension aims to electromagnetic analysis access among consumer product designers and engineers.

Ansys and Autodesk are developing the Fusion 360 PCB extension to enable rapid design exploration, which will help reduce costly prototyping later in the product development process. By embedding Ansys’ electromagnetic capabilities within Fusion 360 will provide electrical computer aided design (ECAD) users to perform near real-time PCB analyses within the Fusion 360 workflow.

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An early concept depicting what Ansys simulation technology within Autodesk Fusion 360 may look like. This mockup is not intended nor guaranteed to represent what will be in the final product. (Image courtesy of Autodesk).

Offers Advanced Simulation

Scott Reese, Executive Vice President of Product Development and Manufacturing Solutions at Autodesk said, “We’ve built the Fusion 360 platform to include comprehensive ECAD and MCAD capabilities and manufacturing workflows in a single environment.”

“This gives designers and engineers the ability to develop products much more efficiently from concept through to fabrication. Integrating industry leading Ansys simulation into Fusion 360’s core PCB design capabilities will help manufacturers get their products to market faster.”

Shane Emswiler, Senior Vice President of Products at Ansys, meanwhile said the extension enables users to validate and iterate designs sooner and more quickly with advanced simulation.

The embedded integration builds on Fusion 360’s recent release of Ansys Electronics Database (EDB) export capability. This enables users to easily export Ansys files and the ability to launch Ansys Electronics Desktop.

The collaboration is consistent with prior partnership workflows aimed at breaking down the silos between designers and analysts. Product designers and engineers will use the Fusion 360 PCB extension to design PCBs faster with electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) compliance. Specialist signal integrity and electromagnetic interference (SI/EMI) analysts will continue to use Ansys Electronics Desktop for detailed simulation and reporting of a product’s electromagnetic performance.