10 Replies Latest reply on May 30, 2018 10:28 PM by charles.ietswaard1

    Import step file in Xpedition

    Rapport

      I have a step file need to import in to the Xpedition layout file. Anyone help me how to import the step file into the Xpedition layout.

        • 1. Re: Import step file in Xpedition
          milostnik

          Hi Rapport,

           

          if you say that you have a step to import into layout, I assume that you have a model of a component that you would like to import into Layout using the 3D functionalty?

           

          Assuming this is what you want, the procedure is simple. with the 3d open, select the component and use 3D-Mdels-Import

          • 2. Re: Import step file in Xpedition
            junli.ji

            Hello Mr Milostnik

                      I used ultralibrarian(www.ultralibrarian.com) to create a 3D model file(*.step) for one device, but when I import this *.step file as what you did above. there was a error happened, see below for detail.

            so how could I do ?

             

            thanks!

            br

            jjl

             

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            ---------------------------Document Conversion Summary--------------------------

            No. of Items of DocumentFeature Representation :    0

            No. of Items of BRep Representation            :    1

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            Message : Setting save mode for ACIS file based on the file extension

            Output File "C:\Users\jjl\AppData\Local\Temp\SPAXTemp-P3808-T4672-2_SPAIop_1_Doc.sab" is Successfully Written

            --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

            Finish Time : Sat May 26 22:45:29 2018

             

             

            --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

            Translation Result : Success

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            25 import issues found, 0 issues were removed leaving 25 issues.

            Entities in shell are not connected

            Entity Bounding Box: (-5.029000,-5.029000,0.000000) to (5.029000,5.029000,0.612540) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (-5.029000,-5.029000,0.051000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,-5.029000,0.610000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (-5.029000,-5.029000,0.610000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,-5.029000,0.051000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,5.029000,0.610000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,5.029000,0.051000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (-5.029000,5.029000,0.610000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,5.029000,0.610000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,5.029000,0.610000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (-5.029000,5.029000,0.051000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (-5.029000,-5.029000,0.610000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (-5.029000,-5.029000,0.610000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,5.029000,0.051000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,5.029000,0.051000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,-5.029000,0.051000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,-5.029000,0.051000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (-5.029000,-5.029000,0.051000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (-5.029000,-5.029000,0.051000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,-5.029000,0.610000) (mm)

            Duplicate vertex

            • 3. Re: Import step file in Xpedition
              milostnik

              Hi Rapport,

               

              not all models will be ok for the Mentor tools.

              At first glance the "Entities in shell are not connected" seems to indicate that you have open faces and other rounding errors.

               

              There are two ways:

              1. try to import the *.step model in a mechanical 3D tool and check if it is ok there.
              2. User the NIST modeller checker to verify that the models are compliant.

               

              Mentor recommends the both checks.

              https://support.mentor.com/knowledge-base/MG594753

              https://support.mentor.com/knowledge-base/MG597565

               

              You can contact support with your model.

               

              Hope this helps

                Matija

              • 4. Re: Import step file in Xpedition
                charles.ietswaard1

                I also encountered this problem on several occasions. The fastest way to fix this is to load the model in MCAD software and export it again to a new step file. Problem gone.

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                • 5. Re: Import step file in Xpedition
                  junli.ji

                  Thanks for your suggestion!

                  I want to try your solution but let me crash news is that I can not open my any project.

                  "Unable to open icdb connection" was displayed.

                  Yesterday I tried several ways,which were searched on internet, but it's sadly.

                  it is lucky that I just want to learn Xpedition, those projects are not real projects.

                  I think it is big potential risk for the users, once this error happened,

                  users can not open the previous projects, I also can not find the individual schematic file to copy then to the new project.

                  • 6. Re: Import step file in Xpedition
                    charles.ietswaard1

                    In most case, this error pops up when the software did not close the design properly due to a crash.

                     

                    There are two ways to fix this.

                     

                    - the "Quick and Dirty" option i always try is to delete the info that Xpedition uses to connect to an ICDB. If the design is closed properly this file will be absent. Make sure that the design is not open and delete it.

                     

                    The file is named sAddress.adr,   you can find it at <Project>/database/cdbsvr

                     

                    - The "Nice and Clean"  way is to use the "ICDB Project Backup". You can find this at system tools folder in your Mentor menu items. Open the design and run a repair.

                     

                    Regards, Charles

                    • 7. Re: Import step file in Xpedition
                      junli.ji

                      Hello Charles

                      Thanks for your reply!

                      I can understand that the project which I did not close properly can not be opened,

                      but the projects were created long before also can not be opened, the some error pops up.

                      this is what shock me, that means once this error occured, all the projects can not be opened again, not only one project was influenced.

                       

                      br

                      jjl

                      • 8. Re: Import step file in Xpedition
                        charles.ietswaard1

                        That is a very nasty situation. I think the wise thing to do is to contact Mentor Support for this. Sounds like a serious problem.

                         

                         

                        What you might try is doing a clean install on one machine to see if that will fix the problem.  We did this once for a specific user who encountered all kind of errors.

                         

                        - Delete the entire Xpedition tree, by using the windows "delete" command.

                        - Run CCleaner (or any other registry cleaner) to clean up the registry

                        - Install Xpedition again.

                         

                        Note that we use the "SSD_USELOCALENV=USER" variable to make sure that everything is written to the user part of the registry.

                        This also means that after the initial install by an administrator, the user has to run the "MGC BSD Release Switcher"  to register it correctly .

                         

                         

                        And if you want i can try to open one of your designs that you can not open. Pick a small one and add it here, if that is possible.

                         

                        Good luck, Charles

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                        • 9. Re: Import step file in Xpedition
                          junli.ji

                          Hello Charles

                           

                          Thanks! for your warmly support!

                          the same error happened, even when I try to create a new project in DxD.

                          So perhaps I should have a try to reinstall, as you said.

                          thanks!

                          br

                          jjl

                          • 10. Re: Import step file in Xpedition
                            charles.ietswaard1

                            You might try to run the "PCB Release Switcher" first. This will register the Mentor software again. Maybe this will fix your problem.