I need to know if I can design a curcuit in Curcuit Works and test it before I fabricate it and use it. Such as pcb design and experimenting with parts. Is there a tutorial to teach me or explain?
CircuitWorks is merely software to allow you, using an IDF file format, to move CAD data between SolidWorks and ECAD software.
You would need ECAD software to design and test the circuit, then you could move it, using CircuitWorks, to SolidWorks to check for fit, use the data to create higher assemblies, create documentation, run flow simulation for heat (although most ECAD has that as well). And then move it back to ECAD , again using CircuitWorks to create an IDF file format that can be read by ECAD.
Thanks! I am a new student at Newaygo County Career Tech Center and my instructor hasn't used CurcuitWorks before, so I was curious about it's abilities. I was going to design a project and submit it to MITS but I guess theres not much of a chance now.
Circuitworks and IDF is a mechanical format, for the physical side of PCB design. For simulating circuits electrical behaviour you need to look a SPICE software and Signal Integrity software that use IBIS files.
There is no one package where you can simulate all aspects of a circuit design, you have the electrical function (spice), signal integrity (IBIS), mechanical (Circuitworks), EMC, thermal...
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