I am new to CircuitWorks, I am tasked to find out if it would help my company out. My question is how do you take a PCB from a program called PADS and convert it into acceptable ECAD files that can transfer into CircuitWorks.
It works very nice IMO, but have not used it since 2003 .
It was pretty slick to transfer the layout to SW to check for interference. I would transfer the board and any parts (switches, connectors, LED's, ...) that interfaced with the outside world and tall components to keep the assembly simple.
Without CircuitWorks you can still do that but it takes more time. The good thing is that you are usually only interested in the previously mentioned parts, so exporting a DXF of board and parts of interest can then be extruded in SW. You really only need the holes or something else to locate the parts and then use models available from the part Vendor. But that said, CircuitWorks will pay for itself in time savings from this manual, and more error prone, method.
I also have to believe it works even better than it did back then, and I was pretty impressed with it back then.
CircuitWorks will take an ascii file that has been generated directly within PADS or you can output an IDF file from PADS.
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