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EaglePCB importer for FreeCAD

Post by yorik » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:23 pm

This is not ours, but I think this is one of the first full "off-site" projects alive, deserves a mention here:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/eaglepcb2freecad/
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Re: EaglePCB importer for FreeCAD

Post by jmaustpc » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:01 am

And its LGPL, so no licence problems. I like to see interoperability.... :)

Helps FreeCAD be the "one CAD", "one CAD (ring?), to rule them all" ... I am currently reading Tolkien, the Lord of the rings, again. :)
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Re: EaglePCB importer for FreeCAD

Post by quick61 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:18 am

I noticed this the other day and installed it. Haven't had much time / call to play with it much but from what little I did with it, it seems to work as advertised. Very cool. Here is the link for a YouTube Video showing the plugin in action.

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Re: EaglePCB importer for FreeCAD

Post by bejant » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:52 am

This thread now cross-referenced to Mantis ticket #001265
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Re: EaglePCB importer for FreeCAD

Post by NormandC » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:03 am

Good thinking bejant.

BTW there is a new "bug" tag on this forum which automatically links to a ticket on the Mantis bug tracker. You just need to type the ticket number, select it then click on the "bug" button in the message toolbar.

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[bug]1265[/bug]
Result: issue #1265
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Re: EaglePCB importer for FreeCAD

Post by bejant » Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:03 am

Thanks Norm, seems I learn something new every day. Now If I could only remember...
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Re: EaglePCB importer for FreeCAD

Post by marmni » Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:02 pm

You found it ;). Plugin is in a beta stadium (how you see) but from version to version I introduce new features (next version is almost ready).
Of course I will be glad if you add this mod to main program line in the future (?).
ToDo list is long but if somebody have some ideas please write.

From issue #1265
This workbench should be able to export/import popular PCB formats.
Implement other formats - why not, but exporting (in my opinion) is no so good idea (but who knows ;) ).
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Re: EaglePCB importer for FreeCAD

Post by keithsloan52 » Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:42 am

I thought this would be great for a 3D cad file of a raspberry Pi. I made the suggestion to the Raspberry Pi foundation, but they cold shouldered the idea by saying that such CAD files already existed, but did not provide any links.

I googled and came across http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Hub#Resources but the STEP files provided do not load into FreeCAD.

The same site has an Eagle v5 file, but this I suspect is too large for the free version of Eagle. Anybody with access to Eagle V6 for reasonably sized PCB's and FreeCAD 0.14 able to produce a FreeCAD file of the pi?

Thanks
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Re: EaglePCB importer for FreeCAD

Post by NormandC » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:51 am

keithsloan52 wrote:I googled and came across http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Hub#Resources but the STEP files provided do not load into FreeCAD.
This is a little off topic here.

The STEP file won't open in FreeCAD for me either (it's the same file in both rar and zip archives). I still had Solid Edge from work installed in a WinXP virtual machine so I tried the files. No luck: that STEP file is shot, Solid Edge generated a log that says the file is incomplete. I had a go at the Pro Engineer version and was surprised I could open it, since my copy of Solid Edge is 8 years old.

I then exported it to STEP and I was able to import it into FreeCAD. Unfortunately STEP export in Solid Edge sucks, so I lost all component names and colors. I had to rename them manually, and I changed the PCB color to green but didn't bother with the other parts. Other than that the 3D geometry seems to be accurate from the one in Solid Edge.

But I really don't know if that assembly is correct. There's a tiny component labeled "SD_CARD" that doesn't even touch the PCB board.

Hope this helps.

raspberry_b1.fcstd (1.4MB)

Edit: looking at the picture found here, clearly there is a lot of stuff missing from the ProE file I used. The EaglePCB file may be more complete...
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Re: EaglePCB importer for FreeCAD

Post by NormandC » Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:05 am

You can get a more complete 3D model of the RaspberryPi Model B on DesignSpark's 3D Model repository but you need to register. Multiple CAD formats are available.

Edit: scratch that, here's a complete working STEP file that you can download without registration: http://www.tronetix.com/joomla/index.php/projects

Wish I had searched before spending time with those damaged files! :roll:
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