Automated Data Driven PCB Documentation


Wednesday, December 20, 2023


04:00 PM Europe/Berlin

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Endless hours are spent engineering a design concept, simulating the circuitry, designing the PCB. Once completed and ready to go to fabrication, a documentation package must be completed to send along to the PCB fabricator. At this point most likely a PCB or mechanical drawing tool is used to create the documentation...and that is where problems arise.

PCB and mechanical drawing tools were not developed to create PCB documentation. And the documentation you create with these tools is vastly inadequate. Add in design re-spins, engineering change orders and repeat builds...and the problems just get worse. Time and money is wasted, design intent can be lost, time to market is extended and fabrication delays are inevitable.

So if it isn't PCB or mechanical drawing tools, then what tools should be used to create the documentation?  The old saying “Use the right tool for the job” rings true for PCB documentation.

DownStream's patented BluePrint-PCB is an automated document authoring tool developed exclusively to create PCB Documentation. In this webinar Mark Gallant will explain how BluePrint's features facilitate implementation of a highly repeatable documentation process. Start with a standard document template having place holders for user defined Top and Bottom PCB Views, Drill Charts, Fabrication Notes, Layer Stackups and other common documentation elements. Import your design via ODB++, IPC-2581 or PADS ASCII into the documentation template and it is instantly populated with imported design data with a click of the mouse. And engineering change orders are easily handled. Just import the new design data and PCB Views, Drill Charts, Layer Stackups are automatically updated in place.

In this webinar we will demonstrate how BluePrint-PCB can:

  • Reduce the documentation process to a fraction of the time it normally takes
  • Less time spent also means lower cost documentation
  • Increased the detail and accuracy of the documentation
  • Shorten PCB design cycles
  • Reduce documentation time by as much as 60-80%
  • Improve manufacturing instructions
  • Simplify manufacturing inspection


Mark Gallant

Mark Gallant has been involved in PCB design and fabrication for over 43 years, first as a PCB designer using vellum and tape and later using early EDA tools, including Redac Maxi and Visula. When PADS-PCB was introduced, Mark was one of its first 100 users. Soon after, he joined the ranks of PADS Software as a technical support engineer. During Mark’s 20 years with PADS and ultimately Mentor Graphics, he served in several key roles. His predominant role was product marketing and product definition for the PADS schematic, PCB design and autorouting products. In May of 2011, Mark joined DownStream Technologies as senior product marketing manager. Currently, Mark is responsible for product marketing and product definition for DownStream’s products.

Brian Tristam Williams

Brian Tristam Williams bought his first Elektor Magazine at 16 and has been orbiting our ecosystem ever since. From 2010, he began translating and editing for Elektor. Currently, he is an Editor (English) for Elektor Mag. You can read his Elektor articles and news items at www.elektormagazine.com/williams