Altium Designer 14 - 3D Movie Enhancements

October 17, 2013
Altium Designer's 3D PCB Movie Generator has been updated to support simulation of bends and curves in flexible PCB regions. Communicating the design intent for assembled rigid-flex and flex circuits through animated video sequences means PCB fabricators and assembly houses (EMS) can see with their own eyes exactly what it is you want them to build for you! Transcript: Often the most difficult part of releasing a design is making sure the fab and assembly providers understand what you want them to make. Altium users have a unique ability to create 3D PCB videos to illustrate design intent for documentation and design review. And in Altium Designer 14 the 3D movie editor has been enhanced further to include flex circuit bends when setting keyframes in the movie sequence. For each keyframe, you can move to the virtual camera angle you want to show, and adjust the fold slider control on the PCB panel to set the flex circuit bends to the degree of your choice. You can preview each keyframe to make sure they're where you want them, and also set the time for holding each keyframe view. Pressing down here allows you to preview the entire video sequence to make sure it's showing everything you want it to. The video can then be generated by adding it to the output job file in the project for release, where you can set the desired resolution and media format. You can even specify which codec to use for rendering. It should never be difficult to communicate your design intent - and with Altium Designer 14 it's even easier.
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