A critical step in the PCB design process, prior to releasing to manufacturing, is ensuring that a board meets the specifications for form factor, casings and enclosures. By using Ultiboard to define the board size and dimensions, an engineer can easily ensure that the physical dimensions of length and width will fit into a final enclosure. This is certainly an important step, as an ill-fitted board can lead to delayed shipments due to redesign, work-arounds, or unpredicted performance of a design.
To provide intuition with respects to the dimension of height, engineers can also use the 3D view in Ultiboard to view how a board will look when manufactured and understand the height of components. Nearly all components in Ultiboard are defined to have a 3D model that can be viewed in this intuitive view to provide further analysis into the design of a PCB.
To begin viewing a completed PCB design in Ultiboard, we can use a shipping example.
The board will now become populated in the 3D view. Using your mouse you can completely rotate the design in order to see how the physical entity will eventually appear.
We can now begin viewing important data about the board such as the height of components.
Figure 1. Show or Hide Height Toolbar Button
Ultiboard allows designers and engineers to also visualize the internal layers of a PCB. By expanding the inner layers of a board, again an engineer can gain better understanding about the various through-hole components, vias and copper that are defined within the board. This view is called an internal view.
To make it easier to view the various layers of the board in the internal view we want to make the board itself either transparent or translucent as we see the inner-workings of our PCB design.
With the layers tab we can see all the various layers of information that combine to create our view of the PCB design. Each of these layers can be made transparent or translucent in order to make our view of the board specific to our needs and analysis.
In this translucent view we can see the inner copper layers of our design.
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