September 2008

Application for Modeling Circuit Boards in a 3D CAD Environment – Brian Watson (Desktop EDA)

Desktop EDA develops “add-ins” for electronics CAD applications. The presentation described the development of an application that runs inside a circuit board design product called Altium (also developed in Delphi). This “add-in” application launches another CAD application and builds a 3D model of a circuit board opened in Altium. It also has interactive bi-directional functionality.

Also topics such as using Delphi’s COM tools and using object lists to keep track of parts and shapes were discussed. Brian sought opinions on his future development directions and how current obstacles might be overcome.

This presentation was preceded by the AGM.