PCB Converter for SketchUp

Convert your PCB Design into 3D

The RS PCB Converter for SketchUp is a simple yet powerful tool that allows designers to import IDF files into Google SketchUp.

Using this tool, engineers can combine both electronic and mechanical designs, opening the door to collaboration. Design changes can be made immediately without having to wait for concept drawings, expensive prototypes or extensive reviews. With the addition of 3D models downloaded from the RS website, there is now no barrier to true integrated design.

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FAQ's

  1. What is IDF?
    IDF stands for Intermediate Data Format. It is a file type that is intended to allow users to exchange printed circuit board between different software packages.
  2. Why won't my 3D CAD package open IDF files?
    While IDF has been used as a popular data exchange format for many years, some 3D CAD software systems were not intended for use in the electronics arena, and so IDF compatibility was not included
  3. What is a Collada (.dae) file?
    Collada is is a file type that is intended to allow users to 3D drawings between different software packages.
  4. What software can I use to open a Collada file?
    Collada files can be opened and viewed using the latest versions of Google Sketchup.
  5. How can I download the PCB Converter?
    The PCB Converter for Sketchup can by downloaded for free by visiting http://www.designspark.com/sketchup
  6. When I export an IDF from DesignSpark PCB, I get two files. Which do I use?
    The export process create two file. The first is the board layout and uses an .idb file extension. The second contains the interface and type library, and uses an .idl file extension. PCB Converter for Sketchup uses the .idb file.
  7. Why doesn't my PCB look realistic?
    The IDF file only includes the overall dimensions of the components on a PCB. Once you have imported your Collada file into your 3D CAD Software, you can visit rswww.com to find and download the 3D models of the components you need to complete the model of your PCB
  8. Why is my PCB too thin?
    When you export your design as an IDF from DesignSpark PCB, the dialogue box will ask you to enter the thichkness of the PCB. This will then be shown upon importing your Collada file
  9. How can I replace the images with accurate models?
    Yes. Once you have imported your Collada file into your 3D CAD Software, visit rswww.com to find and download the 3D models of the components you need.
  10. Can I test my PCB design?
    No. Simulation is not yet part of DesignSpark PCB.

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