MicroCraft Licenses IGI Software & Products

After more than 30 years of supplying custom and standard products for special applications, IGI has decided to handoff sales, development and support to companies directly involved in these applications. IGI has licensed all Electrical Test software, Inkjet Printing software and related software to MicroCraft. 

MicroCraft will also take over all existing maintenance contracts for all products. The telephone numbers for support remain the same and Mike Fulkerson is running the application and support department for MicroCraft. Gary Pontinen is running the Software Programming department for MicroCraft.

IGI continues to look for partners for other applications. If you have an interest in GenStencil technology, 3D micro/nano structures or other software technology, please contact IGI at 612.728.1300.

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IGI PT Viewer – It’s all about convenience

Version 2.10 of IGI’s PT Viewer (free download), includes many updated input and editing features. Although the free version does not enable you to save or export, it does give you control over input settings for DXF/DWG data, using RealDWG® Technology making it a great free viewer for DXF or DWG data. IGI PT Viewer accepts many other data formats, including RS274X (Gerber), GDS II, and ODB++.

PT Viewer gives you a full range of editing options, enabling you to verify data by making measurements, running touch tests, counting, zooming and scrolling for visual inspections, checking for self-overlapping polygons, calculating areas and perimeters. You can also cleanup and optimize your data for further visual inspection. All of these features are built on IGI’s flexible and powerful editing tools. Visit our Resources page for tutorials to show you the basics.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the new features that will simplify your CAD work.

Pick Filter Tool – a new Perimeter value was added to the Pick Filter tool. Now you can quickly pick all cases of a polygon or complex polygon at any rotation or position in the job. No more hunting them down in a dense job. Here’s how it works:


IGI Announces Release of v 2.10 Gen Stencil and PT

Version 2.10 of IGI’s Gen Stencil and PT software offers increased processing speed, and new ways to automate stencil edits with Specification and Filtering enhancements. Gen Stencil also offers further boosts to documentation with custom spreadsheet reporting and Auto Labeling enhancements.

Simplify other data processing with enhanced Mirror/Rotate/Scale, Polygonize Layer and other editing features. Version 2.10 also addresses industry trends toward high layer jobs. Some highlights of versions 2.00- 2.10 include:

Gen Stencil Enhancements and New Features

Solder Paste Extraction – from data on the Signal and Solder Mask layers.

Match original geometry corners (rounded or chamfered), for edits that change or adjust aperture shapes.

Shape change edits with corner matching.

Named Non-Parametric Edits and Named Full Edits provide new aperture editing functions. Run a series of commands (log file) to perform an edit, or replace geometry with a post file.

Spreadsheet Reports of Stencil Data – create custom or standard reports directly from the job data.

– Filter data for reports, as desired.
– Includes actual counts, Area/Aspect ratios, volumes, areas, and much more, calculated from the job. Read More >>

IGI Announces Release of v 9.10 ParCAM EXT

We are pleased to announce the 9.10 release of the ParCAM EXT Family of Products.

This version looks to the future as we increase processing speed, simplify your processes with Auto Label and Mirror/Rotate/Scale enhancements, and address industry trends toward high layer jobs. Some highlights of version 9.10 include:

High Layer Count — Editing supports up to 999 manufacturing layers, for a total of 1022 unique graphical layers.

Netlist Extract and Adjacency Calculation Speed Enhancements — Testing showed these processes ran 2.4 to 4.2 times faster than 9.00, depending upon the data. Read More >>

Who Has Time to Make Detailed Stencil Reports?

When clients require detailed reporting for stencils, it can be hard to find the time and resources to calculate the detailed data, report it nicely, and make the graphical labels which reference the report. Calculations, such as area and aspect ratios for apertures, or total volumes and areas can be tricky, leaving you open to errors.

Gen Stencil 2.10 combines customized spreadsheet reports with an Auto Label feature to create the documentation for you, with accuracy and speed.

Graphic of Gen Stencil report with Auto Label

Customize reports with your corporate branding, or use one of the report templates, as is. Adjust the reported information as you see fit, reporting only part of the job, or filtering by Read More >>

A Better Way to Edit Stencil Apertures to Customer Spec.

Build an edit specification.

Do you make the same aperture edit over and over again? Recalculating for each case and each rotation? In each job?

We think there is a better way. More than just one better way.

In 2015, Gen Stencil made it easy to apply consistent edits to apertures by rule, using their unique component footprints to apply edits automatically. But sometimes your edit schemes are more broad. For example, change all 0402s to a homeplate, reduce width and length, and radius the corners. Or set pad widths for all fine pitch ICs to 45% of their pitches.

IGI added a feature called Specifications to handle edits just this way: applying sets of edits to groups of features.Edits are applied according to your spec., on the whole stencil, consistently and at any rotation. Read More >>

9.00 ParCAM EXT Release Speeds Up Your Work Flow

Automatically create and place callout labels for the features you pick in a job. Find zero width geometry in a job, report findings interactively and zoom to the locations as you step through the report. These are a couple of the new editing features of IGI’s 9.00 version of ParCAM and EXT products.  This version has  over 30 enhancements including Windows® 10 support for 32 and 64-bit systems, and AutoCAD®  2018 support for input/output using AutoDesk RealDWG® technology.   Read More >>

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