New Release - V10

Our new release offers you numerous new features, plug-ins and improvements!

In more than 10 years of successful company history, we have constantly tried to develop our software with a view to progressiveness and process optimization.

Our goal has always been to offer the greatest possible benefit to our customers and to always stay a step ahead of current technological developments. But, we never lose track of our goal to make PCB Investigator as easy to use as possible!



A milestone of our technological development is the simulation and analysis tool PCB-Investigator Physics. In the new version 10 the possibilities were exponentially expanded. PCB-Investigator Physics now offers the option to simulate time-dependent thermal simulations simulations with several different operating states. Due to the extremely powerful GPU solver ,transient simulations only take a few minutes.

Here is a list of all new features and enhancements of V10:

General:

  • Panel Nesting
    PCB-Investigator now offers the option of using a so-called nesting algorithm to achieve the best placement in order to optimally utilize the panel area.
  • 3D Stack-Up Preview
    The layer structure of the loaded design is displayed in a small three-dimensional preview window.
  • Inverse display of negative layers optionally available
    Negative layers can now also be drawn inverted to see what really is produced.
  • New look of the layer list
    The appearance of the layer list has been revised.
  • Various improvements in panel builder
    For example, fiducials and drills can now also be set automatically in the panel.
  • More comfort when editing symbols in the internal symbol list
  • Existing "Embedded Designs" can now be read directly via the import menu


Import/Export:

  • IPC356 Import
    Import components, pins and holes from IPC356 files.
  • 3D STEP Export [Example]
    The export of 3D Step models of the PCB has been further improved and now offers even more setup options.
  • Import of step models of components in the 3D view
    With the integrated 3D view of the PCB, step files can now be integrated in addition to OBJ files for a realistic representation of the components.
  • 3D-PDF Export [Example]
    It is now possible to export the printed circuit board into a 3D-PDF.
  • WebGL Export [Example]
    The output of an interactive 3D HTML file (WebGL) is now also possible.


Physics Edition:

  • New tool: Ohmmeter
    In the Physics Edition, it is now possible to determine network resistances and voltage drops from any point to any point within a network. [Details]
  • Transient simulation with operational states
    Thermal simulations can now be carried out time-dependently and with different operating states. Thus, the heating and/or cooling of the printed circuit board can be determined in detail. [Details]
    The result can be documented in an interactive HTML file. [Example]


Programming interface (API):

  • API access via threads has been enormously improved
    The thread security when using the programming interface has been extremely increased.
  • API extensions to e.g. better set/query properties.
  • Errors and warnings are increasingly issued with warning / error codes.
  • Interfaces for unit tests on most classes.

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