Empowering Innovation with Altium 365 MCAD CoDesigner

Cam Collins
|  Created: May 14, 2024  |  Updated: July 8, 2024
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Greetings, fellow engineers! Today, I'm thrilled to share our incredible experience with Altium 365 MCAD CoDesigner, a game-changing tool that revolutionizes collaboration between ECAD and MCAD designers. Get ready to dive into the power of Altium 365 MCAD CoDesigner and its role in driving innovation.

The Challenge of Cross-Domain Collaboration

Collaboration between electrical and mechanical designers has always been a challenge. The traditional approach of handing off files between different tools often led to errors, miscommunications, needless rework and lost time. The disconnect between ECAD and MCAD workflows hindered our efficiency and slowed down the design process.

Streamlining Collaboration with Altium MCAD CoDesigner

Enter Altium 365 MCAD CoDesigner, the ultimate solution to bridge the gap between ECAD and MCAD domains. This game-changing tool allows real-time collaboration and data exchange, enabling designers to work natively in their preferred environments – SOLIDWORKS for mechanical and Altium for electrical. With this seamless integration, components and placements can be effortlessly passed back and forth, saving valuable time and reducing errors.

Realizing the Benefits in BattleBots Robotics

Our journey with Altium 365 MCAD CoDesigner has been nothing short of transformative. As the mechanical engineer on Team Ribbot, I was able to place components directly on the board design for optimized thermal management without leaving SOLIDWORKS. This seamless collaboration between ECAD and MCAD designers ensured peak performance in the BattleBots arena, giving us a competitive edge.

Enhancing Efficiency and Innovation

Altium MCAD CoDesigner empowers innovation by providing a platform for both ECAD and MCAD designers to collaborate seamlessly and make informed decisions early in the design process. The tool eliminates time-consuming manual rework and miscommunications, allowing us to focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity and delivering high-quality products faster than we ever could before.


The evolution of robotics from hobbyist projects to the intense world of BattleBots is a testament to human ingenuity and perseverance. With Altium 365 MCAD CoDesigner leading the way in cross-domain collaboration, the future of robotics and electronics design is more promising than ever. As we continue to push the boundaries of technology and creativity, the possibilities for innovation are truly limitless. Let's step into this exciting future together, armed with the power of Altium 365 MCAD CoDesigner.

About Author

About Author

Cam Collins is a practicing mechanical engineer in the aerospace and defense industry by day and a combat robotics enthusiast by night. He is one of the founding members of Team Ribbot and has risen to become the lead mechanical engineer and co-captain of the team. Through his experience in industry, Cam has developed a solid foundation in the concepts of electromechanical packaging, which he is able to apply to the design of Ribbot’s custom motor and electronic speed controller (ESC) designs.

Before beginning his career in defense, Cam earned a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where Team Ribbot was originally founded. Through the rigorous curriculum and project-based learning at WPI, Cam developed a strong theoretical and practical background in engineering. His knowledge base has grown over the last several years in developing custom electronics packaging solutions to meet difficult environmental requirements for a variety of applications. Cam’s background in combat robotics and high-performance electronics enables him to help lead Team Ribbot in their pursuit of a World Championship.

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