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  1. #1
    I wrote a tutorial on how to import IDF data of a PCB created by an ECAD system into Pro/Engineer. I found only pieces of information across the web so I wrote this in hopes of making it easier for someone to figure all this out.


    2008-09-29_194336_ProEngineer-ECAD-IDF-Exchange-Tutorial.zip

    Here are some files that can be used to demo the IDF exchange. I've included an *.emn and *.emp of a PCB that was laid out in an ECAD software package. I've also include ProE parts and a sample ecad_hint.map file to link the parts.

    2009-01-07_184548_ECAD-Example.rar


    Please leave any suggestions for improvement if you have any.


    Edited by: fiebigc

  2. #2
    nice!Can you supply a sample .emn file for import?
    Bart Brejcha
    DESIGN-ENGINE|EDUCATION

    http://www.proetools.com Creo Training

  3. #3
    Good tutorial, thank you. I'm just debating whether its worth trying to use this process for a fairly small (80mm by 30mm) PCB, or whether we should just swap .dxf files around. Looking at the PTC information, I was under the impression we would need ProductView, is this correct?

    Sam
    www.worthingtonsharpe.com

    Beyond the Mouse

  4. #4
    I don't see any reason why you would need ProductView. However the Pro/ECAD module is required.

  5. #5
    Thanks, I think it was the ECAD compare tool I was getting mixed up with.

    There is also a sample .emn file for import from the PTC Pro/Engineer support pages under the tilte "Suggested Technique for Importing ECAD Information into Assembly Mode"

    Cheers,

    Sam




    Edited by: SW
    www.worthingtonsharpe.com

    Beyond the Mouse

  6. #6
    I read you guide and have a couple of suggestions to make

    Create the Pro/E PCB with the bottom side of the board at z=0 so it matches the imported board and alighing coordinate systems makes checking easier.

    Don't use a single step to import PCB and components. Import the PCB, save; then import the components on to the PCB.

    Especially for large PCBs, use
    ecad_import_holes_as_features no
    or a board with 6,000 holes may take 15 minutes to import instead of 1 minute

    In general, don't waste your time trying to correct correct the geometry in sketcher. 9 out of 10 times it won't regenerate after fixing. However you can use it to find the fault to get the EE to fix the problem

    If your ECAD components are in the library, be aware that library catalog won't allow the import process to find instances of components. Anything with an instance MUST be on search path. Also see here


    DB
    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion no matter how wrong they are

  7. #7
    Nice tutorial

    Maybe you could also add information about the different ECAD regions in ProE, since there are some issues to be taken into account. See this topic:

    http://www.mcadcentral.com/proe/foru...sts.asp?TID=35 044

    and the document I linked there.

    (Edit: Changed link address to hyperlink)


    Edited by: Zestje
    \"Make it idiot-proof and someone will invent a better idiot\"

    Running:
    WF4.0 & WF5.0

  8. #8
    Hi Fiebigc,


    The tutorial looks great.


    We added some helpful Pro/ECAD links at the bottom left of our homepage http://www.simplifiedsolutionsinc.com/...IDF information, general Pro/ECAD information, etc....hopefully it will be of value to Pro/ECAD users.


    I think a poster above alluded to the fact that a Pro/ECAD module is required to import IDF files into Pro/E. It has been about a decade since Pro/ECAD was a stand alone module. It comes standard with all Pro/E packages.


    AtSimplified Solutions, wehave also created a number of custom emn filtering tools for various customers that allow users the ability to quicklysimplify an emn file prior import.The usercan have the ability to remove certain components by size/region/name, certain holes by type/sizes, different ECAD regions, etc. prior to Pro/E import, etc


    If anybody is interested in this type of functionality, feel free to contact me using the information below.
    <DIV>Keith Richman
    Simplified Solutions Inc.
    410-420-7853 (United States)
    keith@simplifiedsolutionsinc.com
    http://www.simplifiedsolutionsinc.com</DIV>
    --
    Keith Richman
    Simplified Solutions Inc.
    http://www.simplifiedsolutionsinc.com
    keith@simplifiedsolutionsinc.com
    (410)420-7853

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by fiebigc View Post
    I wrote a tutorial on how to import IDF data of a PCB created by an ECAD system into Pro/Engineer. I found only pieces of information across the web so I wrote this in hopes of making it easier for someone to figure all this out.


    2008-09-29_194336_ProEngineer-ECAD-IDF-Exchange-Tutorial.zip

    Here are some files that can be used to demo the IDF exchange. I've included an *.emn and *.emp of a PCB that was laid out in an ECAD software package. I've also include ProE parts and a sample ecad_hint.map file to link the parts.

    2009-01-07_184548_ECAD-Example.rar


    Please leave any suggestions for improvement if you have any.


    Edited by: fiebigc
    Is this tutorial still available in that particular link provided?

    I checked the tutorial is no longer available. If someone has the tutorial, please post it here again.
    Ashok Kumar. P

  10. #10
    Hi,

    Is this tutorial still available in that particular link provided by Fiebigc?

    2008-09-29_194336_ProEngineer-ECAD-IDF-Exchange-Tutorial.zip

    2009-01-07_184548_ECAD-Example.rar

    I link takes to upload.com and even after registration nothing is available. Please somebody has that particular tutorial and post here again.
    Ashok Kumar. P

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