I agree back 200% :-(
When I export the files in this version I do get a tiny step file (10kb) with the base board file name, and files for all the separate layers. But if I open that base file in something like e-drawings viewers everything comes in properly, so a very slight improvement.
Just tried this in VX.2.5.
The small step file is only used as a pointer to all the other step files that are also generated.
Our MCAD team use CATIA V5 and it does not support this way of handling step files. Also FreeCAD does not seem to support it.
I use AutoVue for 3D viewing - it seems to support it.
So yes - this is a very very small step.....
Why not just add a checkbox, where the user can decide if the output must be in separate files or a single combined file?
Running X.2.5 also
Not sure I would really qualify this as a step. Its not useful other than someone can look at it together if they have that software.
We use Solidworks & Creo and both do not bring them in all together when opening the main board file
so to me this is really not a viable function. Haven't tried it yet (because feel shouldn't have to) but I suppose
if you bring all these files in as parts and assemble them into an assembly it might work. But again
why are we having to go thru all that trouble. And even more important I really don't want this as an assy that way.
Still feel the way Mentor even outputs step is not optimal to use in MCAD systems.
It would be nice to know the mindset on where this is going.