5 Replies Latest reply on Mar 16, 2016 3:52 AM by raliesch

    3D STEP EXPORT HIDE COMPONENT

    wheelspcb

      Is there a way to export a step file and remove certain components from the export?

        • 1. Re: 3D STEP EXPORT HIDE COMPONENT
          raliesch

          Unfortunately not that i know..., atm only way is to delete the Object and then do the export. I have the same problem, our Testpoints are defined as Parts, reason is that you see them also in the schematic. Now if i do a export also the Testpoints get exported, if you have 2000 Testpoints the export will take unnecessary long, just a time waste.  I hope Mentor will give us more control over, what actually gets exported...

           

          i just open a idea since this is really uncool...

           

          More control over what gets exportet to 3D Step File

           

          i hope the link works

          • 2. Re: 3D STEP EXPORT HIDE COMPONENT
            N_Ray101

            My vote goes to your idea!!

            • 3. Re: 3D STEP EXPORT HIDE COMPONENT
              raliesch

              Great!!! Let's hope many ppl support this .

               

              thx

              • 4. Re: 3D STEP EXPORT HIDE COMPONENT
                wheelspcb

                I think I found a work around. If you don't associate a model to the part and an the attribute "Geometry.Height" and set the value to 0. You should not get that part exported in the step file.

                • 5. Re: 3D STEP EXPORT HIDE COMPONENT
                  raliesch

                  Yes that may work and solves the visual part of the problem, but not the general performance problem. I worry that in the step file Data model the object is still present. My experience with 3D and Performance is that it does not so much matter how the object geometrie looks geometry, the count of objects/elements matters more.

                   

                  A good example that explains the problem is a 500 Pin BGA, when you look at this in the 3D PCB view you only see a Square with a height, very simple looking nothing fancy. If you now export this Board with only this BGA on the board, the export can take very long.

                   

                  The reason for that are the 500 Pins that are also going to be exported to the step file, every ball is a element and gets exported.

                   

                  To round it out: The count of Elements matters, only export what you need is key to performance here.

                   

                  This is just my opinion and is based on my experience.

                   

                  But yes this is a workarround that can help many ppl,cgood you found it.