EaglePCB - solidworks ID workflow

February 28th, 2017, 4:41 am

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Hi, currently my electronic engineer use Eagle for the PCB design and I use soldiworks for the enclosure and switch design.
What is the best workflow to go with iteration and development process? any experience?
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Re: EaglePCB - solidworks ID workflow

February 28th, 2017, 10:11 am

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This is a very broad/vague question but generally speaking if you are doing PCB layout and moving it into mechanical design, the important information you need to know is:

-Board Outline
-Board mounting holes
-Board components (or large component placement, depending on the precision level of your mechanical design)
-Component mounting positions

The actual board artwork can be useful for building the mechanical stack, I believe you can export an Eagle file to a DXF or another 2D drawing that will let you lay those objects out in 3D. You usually can also find IGES files for the components you are using on your PCB from a bunch of different suppliers rather than building anything from scratch. Also a cube is a good enough representation for components that you don't have specific details on, just bounding box dimensions.

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February 28th, 2017, 2:47 pm

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What mike said.

I like modeling the board (salient components and cables/connectors) since I am also the engineer, so I plan my soldering around that time, but it is probably overkill if you are iterating with someone else or do smd, so just sticking to an outline/mounting holes/ envelope you can pass around might be better.
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