If you pick engineering design software based on the wrong criteria, you will, at best, get a product that takes more time and money to utilize than you’d otherwise spend. At worst, you’ll buy software that fails to meet your needs and gets in the way of work. Here are four factors to consider when picking a printed circuit board tool.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Your Team
The best PCB design tools maximize the efficiency of your team by automating as many tasks as possible or simplifying the process to the greatest degree. For example, software that automatically checks for electromagnetic interference and thermal problems eliminates the need for your team to do that work, too.
PCB tools that make it easy to check the design’s dimensions relative to the rest of the assembly or export designs so you can send them to your board manufacturer for initial input are preferable over those that make these steps a chore. If exporting a design so you can ensure that it will work once built is time-consuming or frustrating, you’re unlikely to do it more than once. If the process is simple, you’ll be able to run such checks more than once without a lot more work.
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