REVIEW ON PCB Design Analysis Software-NextDFM
NextDFM is a PCB problem detector and engineering tool by NextPCB, one of the most professional PCB manufacturers in the world based in China. This article is for the review of the NextDFM software installation, features and benefits of this software. NextDFM is a simple software which can be learnt easily by a non regular PCB designer also. The UI created by them is very simple and PCB design analysis can be done in just a few clicks.
Installation of NextDFM software
Click on the below link to move to the homepage of the NextDFM website of NextPCB and you can find the home page similar to the below figure. Link for software download
Now to start downloading just signup if you are a new user of the website then click on the Free Download button and then just run it on your computer(Only windows OS version is available).
Features of the software
- Helps in making PCB design more standard.
- Identify the hazards of the design.
- Visual simulation of the PCB files.
- Instant quote and billing options.
Interface of the NEXT DFM Software
The above image is the starting window of the NEXT DFM Software then click on the file and then open the gerber file of your PCB design by selecting and uploading all the layer files. I have uploaded a gerber file of IR Sensor for the demo.
Then you can select and deselect any layer of your design by simply clicking on the layers present on the left most window.
Now you can also choose the colours as per your wish we have choice of green, blue, black, red, yellow and white colours and also choice of the surface finish and silkscreen options as a reviewer I can say that this is a great option to customize your PCB colour and other physical properties along with the visuals on the middle window screen.
This is how it looks after changing the colour of the PCB to blue. This tool helps you to visualize your PCB in the best way. On the Right top you will be having details about the number of layers in the PCB and its dimensions. On the right bottom you find the estimated price and the delivery time you can order directly by clicking on the Order now button.
On clicking on the DFM Analysis button on the left window the software will analyze the design of the PCB automatically with the 21 parameter error check and suggest to you if any errors are present it is the most important and striking feature of this software.
Please download this software and tell us the features liked by you in this software and share this article with PCB and electronics lovers.
Watch this video
Also read about 8051 microcontroller