YOKOHAMA, Japan - Zuken Inc. ("Zuken") has announced that it has developed, in collaboration with its alliance partner Lattice Technology (President and Managing Director Hiroshi Toriya, hereafter "Lattice Technology"), a converter to convert from ODB++, which is widely used as an industry standard format for electronic circuit boards, to XVL (*1), which is an ultra-lightweight 3D format and this is to be made freely available.
Zuken is already providing a converter that converts its proprietary electrical CAD CR-5000/CR-8000 series circuit board design data into XVL format, and by further enabling conversion from the ODB++ format on this occasion, Zuken is making it possible to convert virtually all electronic circuit board data created in electrical CAD(*2) into 3D format. Conversion of the electronic circuit board data into XVL format will not only make it possible to view data in 3D using a free viewer, but through the use of XVL Studio Z (*3) that is already being provided by Zuken and a variety of applications provided by Lattice Technology, it will be possible to apply 3D data to a wide variety of purposes. Further, as Zuken has provided the "ePartFinder" website where the user can download a detailed XVL model of 3D electronic parts free of charge, it will be possible to create detailed 3D circuit board data when required, and without requiring any special preparation or specialized operation.
In contrast to the mechanism design field in which the use of 3D is becoming widespread, in the electrical design area, 2D (or 2.5D that uses only height information) design data is used from design to production. As electronic circuit board design data is used for specific applications such as analysis, it is sometimes put into 3D format via intermediate formats such as DXF or IDF, but this is based on the premise that it will be used with 3DCAD/CAE, and was not intended to allow 3D electronic circuit board data be circulated and applied to a variety of uses.
Zuken support the output of electronic circuit board design data by virtually all electrical CAD, and by allowing conversion from ODB++, which is a format already widespread within the market, into the lightweight, simple-to-use XVL format, it is thought that they can provide an environment in which 3D electronic circuit board data can be used in a common format by people not only in the mechanism and electric design fields, but also in manufacturing departments, and such wide-ranging fields as quality control and after-sales service, leading, at the same time, to a new range of applications.
Moving forward, we plan to educate people on the various merits that can be realized by converting electronic circuit board data into XVL format, while using as a strength the fact that a large number of users are electrical designers, provide a wide variety of new applications that use electronic circuit board data in the XVL format.
Further, we plan to announce and sell applications and services related to this converter from February 2014, not only domestically but also in overseas markets, thus providing global manufacturing solutions in the common language of XVL 3D data.
The free ODB++XVL converter can be downloaded from the following dedicated site.
*1: XVL is a lightweight 3D data format developed by Lattice Technology Co., Ltd.
See the following for details on Lattice Technology.
*2: CAD that can be output in ODB++
*3: See the following for details on XVL Studio Z.
*4: Access the following dedicated site for ePartFinder.
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