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ProEngineer IDF Tutorial

fiebigc

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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
 

SW

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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
 

Dell_Boy

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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
 

3DPCB

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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)
[email protected]
http://www.simplifiedsolutionsinc.com</DIV>
 

Ashok Kumar

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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

New member
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.
 

KevinWang

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Hi Fiebigc, could you please re-post your tutorial and example as it is not available now? Thank you very much.
 

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