DownStream Techonolgies - Solutions for Post Processing PCB Designs




BluePrint 6.0 Now Available

3D visualization and documentation of manufacturing data allows you to minimize manufacturing defects and delays in production. A common database has been put in place among all DownStream products allowing easy file sharing and transitions. Plus, we have designed a new user interface for continuity.

We created a truly integrated 2D/3D environment for improved PCB post processing. BluePrint-PCB is designed to automate, streamline and dramatically improve PCB Documentation.

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BluePrint-PCB® works your PCB CAD system and/or CAM350® to help you quickly produce comprehensive electronic drawings to drive PCB fabrication, assembly and inspection processes.

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Automating the Documentation Process

BluePrint-PCB "knows" it is creating a PCB document and imports the entire PCB CAD database once to
automatically create and link unlimited PCB views and details, while at the same time maintaining the design intelligence and overcoming the constraints imposed by both PCB and mechanical CAD alternatives. The result is an electronic document which better articulates the instructions for successful PCB manufacturing.

  • Automatically create PCB views, details, and tables from PCB CAD data
  • Remove constraints of PCB CAD but retain design intelligence
  • Use PCB intelligence to create common drawing elements
  • Create live and interactive documentation with hyperlinks and multi-media
  • Store all information associated with the PCB assembly in one electronic "release package"
  • Support instantaneous engineering changes (ECOs)
  • Allow viewing of documents without the application - web, PDF, or viewer



The Benefits

With BluePrint, PCB engineering groups can expect to reduce the documentation process to a fraction
of the time it normally takes - even more when engineering change orders (ECOs) are required. With
ECOs, since all views, details, and charts of the PCB remain linked to the original PCB CAD data, they
are instantaneously refreshed in BluePrint whenever the original CAD data is changed. This technology
received a US Patent.

  • Lowers documentation cost and time, and increases detail accuracy
  • Shortens PCB design cycles
  • Reduces documentation time by as much as 60-80%
  • Improves manufacturing instructions
  • Simplifies manufacturing inspection



Importance of Complete Documentation

PCB documentation creates the manufacturing specification for an electronic product. Comprehensive
documentation records the engineering "intent" of a design specifying the form, fit and function of the PCB.
Documentation drives the procurement process, aids manufacturing engineering and is used in final inspection to verify the product was built to engineering's specification. It also gets archived to ensure later production runs can be repeated with the same level of consistent quality. PCB documentation must capture all of the information necessary to not only build the product today, but also any repeat builds in the future - eliminating any guesswork.

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