Make a quick 3D STEP model of any PCB in less than 1 minute!
09 February, 2017
Perfect for visual presentations, building enclosures, and collaboration with colleagues.
This blog post describes how to easily make a 3D STEP (AP214 or AP242) model of your PCB design in less than one minute. There are many benefits to generating a 3D STEP model of your PCB with components, and here's a few:
- Making an ideal visual presentation of your device.
- Share your device with colleagues and/or Mechanical Engineering.
- Used to build an accurate enclosure for your PCB.
- Makes modelling PCB assemblies painless and accurate.
All you need is an IPC-2581, ODB++ file, or Gerber files. It's all really quite easy with FAB 3000, and involves very little user input. Please view the only steps required:
- Import your IPC-2581, ODB++ file, or Gerber files into FAB 3000.
- Export to a 3D STEP file.
- Make sure to choose "Components Only" from the Layer Options dropdown box.
- Select the file name and location you wish to save your STEP file, and that's it!
Here's a sample movie tutorial (no sound) which shows how easily and quickly it can be done with FAB 3000.
Note: Gerbers files have limited information, so FAB 3000 will require you to first extract the components. If you have a Netlist file FAB 3000 can extract the components with just a few clicks. See this blog post for more details: http://www.numericalinnovations.com/blogs/news/how-to-generate-a-centroid-file-aka-pick-and-place-for-any-pcb-in-less-than-2-minutes
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