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The Future of Maximum CAD/CAM Automation for Ceramic Hybrids
Keywords: CAD / CAM Automation Design for Ceramic Hybrids, Automated Hybrid Masks and Panel Design, Design 3 D Models for Analysis Tools
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, to include automatic masks, panels and generation of 3D analysis models. Maximum automation will result in expanded use of technologies that are now shrinking. Technologies that have complex and difficult to understand design and manufacturing steps have a hard time gaining wide acceptance. CDS is tackling this complex challenge and is designing and implementing the following processes to solve the most difficult CAD/CAM problems: 1. Be a true CAM tool that reads in designs from any other EDA (layout) system. 2. Run all possible DRC checks necessary for high fabrication and assembly yields. 3. Make all manufacturing masks automatically from very basic designs by using settings in an automatically configurable table. Two levels of configuration files can be used to handle all existing hybrid technologies and new just invented technologies. The first level sets the base layers of the specific technology and the second level is the detailed configuration of that technology. 4. Automatically panelize all types of Ceramic designs in preparation for manufacturing from stored configuration files. Generate documentation automatically through and from stored configuration files. 5. In LTCC and HTCC, place cavity punches (nibbles and rubs) automatically and feed correct machine data to the punch machine. 6. Export resistor trimming data directly to the laser trimming machine. 7. Feed flying probe test data directly to the flying probe tester. 8. Automatically make a 3D Image and export ACIS or STEP for thermal analysis. 9. Export data directly to all electrical analysis and thermal analysis tools. 10. Support circuit fabrication of non-planar surfaces. 11. Make full 3D analysis models of circuits on non-planar surfaces. 12. Provide open architecture so users can program proprietary and confidential new technologies. 13. Seek to implement new technologies fully rather than offering work arounds. 14. This has significant additions to the paper previously presented at IMAPS in Raleigh, N. C. The purpose of this paper is to define what is required for the Ceramic Hybrid industry to realize full automation in design, checking and output to manufacturing.
John Sovinsky, CTO, CTO
CAD Design Software
Santa Clara, CA

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