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Welcome to AutoTRAX DEX

Before delving into the details of AutoTRAX DEX, I would like to take a moment to review computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools. CAE tools cover many aspects of engineering design from initial drawings to analysis, design and manufacturing. Computer-aided design (CAD) is a category of CAE related to the actual physical layout and drawings for a system design. In the electronics industry CAD programs are known as electronic CAD (ECAD) or electronic design automation (EDA ). EDA tools are great at reducing development time and subsequently cost because you can similarly chill design and analyse it prior to purchasing manufacturing your PCBs. So, once your design has been completed you can actually manufacture your PCB. Software used in manufacturing or normally called computer-aided manufacturing tools (CAM). CAM tools control manufacturing machinery that produce your PCBs.

So you may be wondering where does AutoTRAX fits into all of this? AutoTRAX incorporates schematic capture, PCB design, 3-D PCB visualization and of course comprehensive CAM features that create the manufacturing files that you will need to pass to your manufacturer to make your PCBs.

DEX is a powerful integrated Electronic Design Suites for Electronic Engineers. It has all the features you expect and need to rapidly and easily take your design from conception through to production. Its in-built hierarchical project manager lets you perform both top-down and bottom-up design and reuse design components and sub-systems. Schematic capture and PCB layout has never been easier.

DEX is the industry’s only unified electronic design software which gives you an unmatched ability to design and build current and future generation of electronic products.

Viewing your PCB in Glorious 3D 

Schematics

DEX ensures that your design remains correct throughout, with no dangling wires or PCB design rule violations. You can also create your own parts either in-place on your design sheets or using the integrated Part Creator. Again, design integrity is maintained throughout using DEX’s design rule checker.

 

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PCB Design

When you are satisfied with your design, you can then quickly proceed to produce your finished and populated PCB board without leaving DEX. The DEX's PCB Designer will take your hierarchical design and place the components, with or without your assistance. Next DEX can either autoroute your board or you can use a combination of automatic and manual routing to quickly and reliably complete all electrical wiring. The design of DEX’s internal data ensures you maintain full electrical integrity with your schematic design.

 

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Manufacturing

Now that you have your design finished and routed you can produce all Computer Aided Manufacturing files you will need to produce the board, drill the holes, cut its profile, order parts using the Bill Of Materials, and place your parts using the pick and place files. These files can be placed together and forwarded to your favorite board manufacturers, electronically via email.

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Have Gerber, Will Travel!

Unlike other programs, DEX is not locked to a PCB manufacturer where if you use their program you must use their services to produce your boards, and pay the price their demand!

With DEX Gerber files you can shop around to get the best price and service for your PCBs.

Be in control!

Have XML, Will Travel!

Again, unlike other programs, DEX does not lock you in to using DEX now and forever. The design file is totally self contained and is in the industry standard XML file format. This is human readable and you can easily write your own programs to use the data in your design.

This is in sharp contrast to other programs which have their own secret file format. This locks you into using their program now and forever.

If the company goes under then so could your archive of designs.