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Fix PCB Custom Feature

owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,338 PRO
Hi folks.

This PCB tool looks great (not used it yet but will soon), but just had to post this:-



We need more of this, bravo folks B)

Owen S.
Production Engineer
HWM-Water Ltd

Comments

  • Jake_RosenfeldJake_Rosenfeld Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,339
     :) :)  
    Jake Rosenfeld - Modeling Team
  • mischlmischl Member Posts: 28 ✭✭
    saw it late now but really cool!
    it definitely helps in cases like this one: https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/3835/handling-large-stp-files

    the Arduino example was a STEP file but it works for every crowd of bodies?
    on the PS Technical Example it is visible that the Simplify PCB option removes the embossed letters as well as two thin cylinders representing a via or track (I guess). What is the limit height below entities are cutted away?

    thanks in advance
  • Jake_RosenfeldJake_Rosenfeld Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,339
    @mischl

    If you see the documentation here:
    https://cad.onshape.com/documents/9a9b81d17d4b69e58ad9b0b0/v/c253688ad8add5efd222a709/e/3152191074466a8b45231663

    The "Simplify PCB" option will slice off all protrusions (no matter what the height) off of the top and bottom of the selected "PCB top face" and "PCB bottom face".  The selected "Components" (parts which are unattached to the original board) are not affected by this option and will not be sliced away at all.  These components can be simplified into boxes using the "Simplify components" option.



    The origin of the parts is not important to the feature.  Internally, all geometry is represented the same in Onshape after import.  The feature will only work on solids, though.  Surfaces are not allowed.
    Jake Rosenfeld - Modeling Team
  • mischlmischl Member Posts: 28 ✭✭
    thank you for the explanation.

    I red the documentation but have not considered the difference between protrusions and components, which have an additional face against the board...
  • mark_legermark_leger Member Posts: 1 PRO
    Is it possible to use this with assemblies? @Jake_Rosenfeld
    I have existing imported pcb assemblies where the accompanying part studio is all the parts stacked together at the origin.  Doing it there would not help much.

    Thanks,
    Mark
  • MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member Posts: 1,615 EDU
    Try using import into a single part studio when you import the file
    MB - I make FeatureScripts: view FS (My FS's have "Official" beside them)
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,338 PRO
    Or an in context edit of the assembly, followed by a transform copy in place of all the parts, then run the FS on that.
    Production Engineer
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • TimRiceTimRice Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 211
    Try using import into a single part studio when you import the file
    For a collection of parts as large as a PCB normally is we would not recommend this option. Incontext is likely the best option.
    Tim Rice | User Experience | Support 
    Onshape, Inc.
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