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.
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
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 ?
---------------------------Document Conversion Summary--------------------------
No. of Items of DocumentFeature Representation : 0
No. of Items of BRep Representation : 1
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
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)
Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (-5.029000,-5.029000,0.051000) (mm)
Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,-5.029000,0.610000) (mm)
Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (-5.029000,-5.029000,0.610000) (mm)
Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,-5.029000,0.051000) (mm)
Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,5.029000,0.610000) (mm)
Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (5.029000,5.029000,0.051000) (mm)
Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (-5.029000,5.029000,0.610000) (mm)
Tolerant vertex of size 0.000000 (mm) at (-5.029000,5.029000,0.051000) (mm)
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:
Mentor recommends the both checks.
You can contact support with your model.
Hope this helps
I am unable to see the knowledge-base tab in supportnet. Where it is located? Please share the screenshot for better understanding.
Do you have a valid maintenance agreement?
If you do not have a valid maintenance agreement, you may be unable to see the pages.
Did you login on the support center main page first http://support.mentor.com/
The image on the right hand side with a tick, shows you that you are logged in.
You should be able to see your product listed.
After that following the first link I get this:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
You might try to run the "PCB Release Switcher" first. This will register the Mentor software again. Maybe this will fix your problem.
Just got 3D support added to our Expedition install, (VX2.4) so new to importing of step models into Mentor.
Therefore have a few questions (which may seem basic to more advanced users, so sorry about that).
1. Is there a way to import more than one model at a time. What we currently have is a finished layout and are trying to import all the 3D models for that layout. We have all the step files, but can only import one at a time, is that a way to "batch" import for all part?
2. Also when the models import - they don't line up exactly with the pads and are sometimes floating above the board, currently using the X,Y, Z align box, can move to fit as required. - Is this normal or is there a setting we are missing?
3. Is it possible to import the Step models, directly into the central library as this seems to be a more logical place to manage them. Currently cannot see any options to import STEP into the central library - is this an "extra" feature that we would have to purchase separately?
1) you have to differentiate between the 3d step or iges model that you import.This can be imported one by one.
Then you have the 3D library that is built in. This can do a batch assign to whatever is discovered to be similar.
As far as I remember the batch import was available only on the later releases. Please play with the command
2) to align a 3D model you use the two options "Align pin-pad Center" and "Define Seating plane"
The first will allow with the help of the arrows to position the component and then select one pin and align it to the pad or hole.
The second command will allow to pick witch is the line,face, pad, surface, that will touch the pcb.
They have to be done at import time or by selecting the component and choosing "(rmb)-edit selected cell" in 3d window. It will open the cell editor in 3D mode.
3) ask Mentor...
There is no additional license or feature, it is just the way they did the implementation. For now you are stuck in importing the 3D into PCB and then with "3D-models-Update library"move them into central library.
Once a 3D model is in the library it can not be deleted, only updated (see my bug report and Mentor idea)
I prefer to be asked before overwriting (one by one)
Thanks Milostnik - this is most helpful and a good starting point.
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