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FAB 3000 Version 8.3.10 Released

06 August, 2021

 New Feature

 Improved Feature

 Fixed Feature

Use wildcard match patterns to more easily search, select, and modify objects.
Display Job Profile improved. (menu: View | Display Job Profile)
Components Table has been improved and now use wildcards. (menu: Assembly | Components Table...)
Selection Filter has been improved and now use wildcards. (menu: Edit | Selection | Filter...)
Open Workspace (*.wrk) has been improved.
Homebase Pad creation has been improved.
All Find commands (menu: Info | Find) have been improved and now use wildcards.
All Dialog boxes open centered to FAB 3000 (not screen as previously).
14 other minor bug fixes and UI Improvements have been made.

 

 

FAB 3000 Version 8.3.9 Released

26 July, 2021

 New Feature

 Improved Feature

 Fixed Feature

IPC-2581 Rev A/B/C now supported for both Import and Export.
IPC-2581 Import has been improved.
IPC-2581 Export  has been improved.
ODB++ Import has been improved.
ODB++ Export has been improved.
Component display has been improved.
14 other minor bug fixes and UI Improvements have been made.

 

 

FAB 3000 Version 8.3.7 Released

25 June, 2021

 New Feature

 Improved Feature

 Fixed Feature

Selection Filter. Aperture Shapes allows anyone to select objects using defined aperture shape and/or within defined width/height.
Import Large Bitmap - Merge Adjacent objects now runs 10X faster and produces better results.
Import Images - Merge Adjacent objects now runs 10X faster and produces better results.
DXF Import: Join works better for connecting adjacent lines/arcs that are not touching.
Options: "SMT Stencil Foil Thickness (Millimeter)" setting did not save. Now it remains permanent.
GDS-II Import. Resolved invalid rotation for non-ortho cell reference inserts.
Removed invalid variable in GetPathDirection() which affected Boolean and tessellation features. It occurred only in V8.3.5.
10 other minor bug fixes and UI Improvements have been made.

 

 

FAB 3000 Version 8.3.5 Released

16 June, 2021

 New Feature

 Improved Feature

 Fixed Feature

ODB++ Export Option - Fix Invalid Polygons/Surfaces. If checked, repairs invalid surface polygons that cause issues with 3D simulation, etc.
ODB++ Export Option - Export Profile. If checked, automatically exports a profile - even if one has not been defined.
Show/Hide Dielectric Layer display in Layers table (menu: View | Layer Display | Show/Hide Dielectric Layers)
Export DXF (Optimized).  Add an extra feature to ensure outputted DXF is compatible with the latest AutoCAD releases.  DWG export is already optimized for the latest AutoCAD releases and recommended over DXF.
Default Arc Deviation setting is easier to set (menu: Setup | Options..., tab "Default values")
Stackup Configuration file now includes Blind/Buried Drill setup information.
ODB++ Export generates more efficient surfaces.
Automatic Detection of a PCB Border has been improved
Gerber Export. All files now include all layer specific attributes.
DXF Export. Removed AcDbSolid and replaced with AcDbTrace

 

FAB 3000 Version 8.3.3 Released

19 May, 2021

 New Feature

 Improved Feature

 Fixed Feature

Maintain and Export Arcs for ODB++, DXF, DWG, Gerber formats. NC and IPC-2581 are next.
DWG Compatible for AutoCAD 2022.
Zoom Component. If checked will zoom into selected net. If unchecked view will remain the same.
Zoom Net. If checked will zoom into selected net. If unchecked view will remain the same.
ODB++ Export. Improved processing of Surface Islands, and Dynamic Text strings.
DXF and DWG Export has been improved.
Save Job File now uses the file name for the job reference name (easier to distinguish).
Detect Border Layer (Automatic) now better detects PCB borders when none are present.
Netlist Extraction is optimized by design extents to improve speed (for very dense layout designs).
Build Composite Layer... better merges existing composite layers.

10 GUI Improvements have been made.

5 other minor bugs/fixes have been resolved.

 

FAB 3000 Version 8.3.0 Released

27 April, 2021

 New Feature

 Improved Feature

 Fixed Feature

MATRIX Files have been embedded into the editor. Easily automate tasks and create powerful scripts for importing, panelization, DFM Checks, and more.
Attribute have been expanded allowing for Selection, Group Editing, Search, and highlighting. 
Unlimited UNDO/REDO.
Extract and Generate Pad Stacks.
ODB++ Import.  Pin Names. Ignore zero length lines.
ODB++ Export.  Exported Netlist has been improved for compatible with all industry PCB testing software.
Component Package Editor has been improved.  
Netlist viewing can toggle between single and multiple select.
Component viewing can toggle between single and multiple select.
Gerber Import has been improved.
GDS-II Export has been improved.

25 GUI Improvements have been made.

15 other minor bugs/fixes have been resolved.

 

UP NEXT:  Full support for the latest IPC-2581 revision, continued GUI improvements, Improved STEP Export for 3D simulators, and more.

FAB 3000 Version 8.2.8 Released

09 March, 2021

 New Feature

 Improved Feature

 Fixed Feature

Fabrication Report now includes total count of Net End Points.  Which calculated the number of net ends in order to better determine the cost of a test jig.
Import Matrix blobs from CloudDFM.com  Great to test and preview results directly on your desktop before using CloudDFM.com.  Located at menu: File | Import | Compressed File... 
ODB++ Export. The exported netlist is now compatible with all industry PCB testing software.
Default Units has been improved. https://support.numericalinnovations.com/support/discussions/topics/14000014793

Measure Object to Object was fixed.

10 other minor bugs/fixes have been resolved.

 

FAB 3000 Version 8.2.4 Released

14 February, 2021

 New Feature

 Improved Feature

 Fixed Feature

DFM Check:  Reduced False Positives for Drill-Pad Annular Ring.
DFM Check:  Removed Performance bottle-neck.
3 other minor bugs/fixes have been resolved.

 

FAB 3000 Version 8.2.3 Released

04 February, 2021

 New Feature

 Improved Feature

 Fixed Feature

DFM Check: Find Missing Copper Pads. Searches for copper pads missing on either Top or Bottom layers.
DFM Check: Minimum Clearance between SMT Stencil Pads.
DFM Check: Minimum Clearance between SMT Stencil Pad and border.
Import Matrix has new features added (see Matrix file definition for more details). https://www.numericalinnovations.com/pages/fab-3000-matrix-file-description

Command-Line features (to automate FAB 3000) have been improved, 

https://www.numericalinnovations.com/pages/fab-3000-command-line-description

DXF Export better supports newer AutoCAD versions.
DFM Check:  Reduced False Positives for overlapping/duplicate geometries.
All PDF Reports: Long text descriptions better fit now using word wrap.
10other minor bugs/fixes have been resolved.

 

FAB 3000 Version 8.2.0 (64-bit) Released

25 November, 2020

 New Feature

 Improved Feature

 Fixed Feature

First 64-bit version of FAB 3000 released with improved performance and ability to process larger files.
3D Engine has been completely redone for optimized 3D STEP/STL Conversions.
BOM File Comparison.  Find and highlight any differences between CAM Files (Gerber, ODB+, IPC2581) and BOM/Centroid files.
Generate a specific defined DFM Check PDF Report, https://support.numericalinnovations.com/discussions/topics/14000017225
ODB++ Import and Export have been improved.
BOM Import has been improved, plus added templates for Altium and Eagle BOM files.
FAB 3000 Matrix file capabilities have been drastically improved. The matrix file allows you to automate just about any Gerber/CAM related task including: DFM Checks, Panelization, Editing, Exporting, and much more. https://www.numericalinnovations.com/pages/fab-3000-matrix-file-description
DFM Check. Find Missing mask clearances has been improved.
DFM Check.  Minimum Annular Ring for Drill-SMT Stencil Pad has been improved.
DFM Assembly Check. Find Invalid Component Reference Designators has been improved.
DFM Assembly Check. BOM comparison has been improved.
Object Selection has been fixed.
PDF Report - Text not fitting in the proper area has been fixed.
Aperture Rules dialog crash has been fixed.
22 other minor bugs/fixes have been resolved.
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