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3D PCB design is a great tool to help ensure accuracy of mechanical fit. Import a 3D model of the enclosure that the board is to be installed into and clearly see if there are any issues with fit. If there are two different boards to be mated, export a .step file of the first board and import it into the second board job and see if they mate correctly. Ensure there are no clearance issues between the boards with component height or proximity. PADS can export .step files or .idf files that can be provided to the mechanical engineer to be imported into the entire mechanical model. PADS can also export 3D PDF's that elements can be turned off or made transparent to get a clear picture of what is really happening. PADS can also produce intelligent and searchable PDF plots of the circuit board.