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Example: CAD design: electronics hardware

We design the electronics hardware with a CAD system, too. While the schematic defines the interaction of the electronics components (shown in the following picture: in the background), the layout displays the physical representation (front part of the picture). In the electronic hardware design we find again mechanical issues: mainly mounting holes, but also cable routing. Depending on the complexity it may be necessary to create the cable harness as a CAD model to avoid problems with bending radii or cable fixture from the beginning.

CAD design: actuation system

The CAD electronics hardware (boards with electronics components, connectors, etc.) is useful to prepare the mechanical design (in a "virtual mockup"). To do so we can generate a STEP model which is then integrated in the mechanical CAD model.

CAD design: actuation system as STEP model