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The Future of Maximum CAD/CAM Automation for Ceramic Hybrids
Keywords: Design Automation, Advanced Design Rule Checks, Manufacturing Automation
New concepts under development will maximize CAD/CAM automation for all types of Ceramic Hybrids including Thick Film, Thin Film, LTCC and HTCC. Designs will go quickly from concept to manufactured product, which will fuel more progress to bring a largely manual process to maximum automation. This will include automatic masks, fabrication and assembly panels, machine outputs and generation of 3D analysis models. Maximum automation will result in expanded use of technologies whose usage is now declining. Technologies that have complex and difficult to understand design and manufacturing output steps have a hard time gaining wide acceptance. CDS is tackling this complex challenge and is implementing these processes to solve the most difficult CAD/CAM problems: 1.Be a true CAM tool that reads in designs from any other EDA system. 2.Run all possible DRC checks necessary for high fabrication and assembly yield. 3.Make all manufacturing masks automatically from very basic designs by using settings in an automatically configurable table. 4.Panelize all types of Ceramic designs in preparation for manufacturing. 5.Generate documentation automatically using stored configuration files. 6.In LTCC and HTCC, place cavity punches (nibbles and rubs) automatically and feed correct machine data to the punch machine. 7.Export resistor trimming data to the laser trimming machine. 8.Feed flying probe test data to the flying probe tester. 9.Automatically make a 3D image and export ACIS or STEP for thermal analysis. 10.Export data directly to all electrical analysis and thermal analysis tools. 11.Support circuit fabrication on any non-planar surface. 12.Make full 3D analysis models of circuits on any non-planar surface. This paper's purpose is to define what is required for the Ceramic Hybrid industry to realize full automation in design, checking and manufacturing.
John Sovinsky, Chief Technical Officer
CAD Design Software
Santa Clara, CA

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