In the modern world where PCB's are often 3D modeled, PAD's PCB Layout seems to remain off pace.
As a result, fab drawings and PCB assembly drawings must remain in 2D due to the lack of 3D output
details. The availible tools are limited. DXF output is clunky and work intensive.
I/we can create 3D models with drill holes using the IDF translator, however, I can not IDF out the slots
or silkscreen details and layers.
The 3D viewer includes the silkscreen details, but the silkscreen details can not be exported in .STEP
format to 3D modeling software. Slots also are not displayed or output in the .STEP output.
Since I am creating detailed 3D models for our mechanical work, it would be nice to be able to use
this work for creating nice assembly documents. Slot's and silkscreen details are required.
Are there any work-a-rounds known for creating detailed 3D models?
I am looking into using CAM-350 to get the silkscreen info, but that seems like a lot
of work and still does not get the slots included.
Is there any plans for Mentor to add these features in the near future?
I have seen competitors software do this work in impressive fashion.
You can export a DXF file of the silkscreen and a .STEP model from mentor.
If you know your MCAD tool well enough, you may be able to overlay the DXF file with the .STEP model.
I did this once but it seems like a lot of effort for something that should be integrated into Mentor's export already.