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SolidWorks IDF 3D Modeler. This allows you to add electronics assemblies designed in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) CAD packages to your SolidWorks assembly. It uses the IDF standard which is supported by most PCB CAD packages. Creates a SolidWorks assembly from IDF files

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solidworks idf 3d modeler

SolidWorks IDF 3D Modeler

This allows you to add electronics assemblies designed in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) CAD packages to your SolidWorks assembly.

It uses the IDF standard which is supported by most PCB CAD packages.

how does it work
Creates a SolidWorks assembly from IDF files

Creates IDF files from a SolidWorks assembly

How Does it Work?
creating an assembly from idf files
Creating An Assembly from IDFFiles
  • Use the Import IDF command in the File menu
  • The IDF Import dialog box displays…
slide5

IDF Board File

IDF Library File

Assembly Directory

slide6

Directory for SolidWorks parts

Review IDF part heights

Color settings for auto created parts

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Non Plated Holes

Configuration showing PCB without Parts

Plated Holes

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Top Parts

Printed Circuit Board Part

Bottom Parts

creating idf files from an assembly
Creating IDF Files from An Assembly
  • Use the Export IDF command in the File menu
  • The IDF Export dialog box displays…
slide12

Set name of IDF files

Choose target ECAD system

Choose IDF version

Choose IDF units

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Export searches for features by name to get PCB geometry

Export uses Part feature name to create IDF file entries

To get part geometry, Export uses known feature names in Parts if present, otherwise uses the bounding cube

starting a new pcb assembly in solidworks
Starting a New PCB Assembly in SolidWorks
  • Use the New ECAD Assembly command in the File menu
  • Creates a “template” assembly with all features appropriately named ready for Export
  • The user modifies this assembly as required
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Features with correct names ready to modify

Top and bottom template parts – copy and rename to create more parts

solidworks idf 3d modeler features
SolidWorks IDF 3D Modeler Features
  • Supports IDF versions 2 and 3
  • Supports top and bottom placed parts
  • Bi-directional
  • Supplied with electronics parts library
  • Automatically creates parts if no library parts available
  • Fully supports the IDF Specification – route outlines, keep-outs etc.
  • For more information: www.desktop-eda.com.au
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