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 Post subject: Exporting .step file of the PCB don't contain holes/tracks
PostPosted: 03 May 2017, 01:47 
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I need to export a .step file of the PCB that I've designed. However exported file do not contains hole details even though I select the open vias :? :?

I'm confused. Please help me.


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 Post subject: Re: Exporting .step file of the PCB don't contain holes/trac
PostPosted: 03 May 2017, 08:25 
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* DipTrace does not include copper with exported STEP files.
* The Open Vias option only removes the soldermask over vias in the 3D viewer.

My experiences with DipTrace-generated STEP files...

Exporting a PCB STEP file from DipTrace: [X]Board [ ]Package Models [X]Pad Holes (Models setting = Solid or Parts)
- Opens and properly displays blank PCB with holes in FreeCAD.
- Opens with errors in Geomagic Design and does not properly generate the PCB as a solid model. Holes are missing. Only the board outline, hole outlines and color appear. Numerous similar error messages: "Board:Face<31> Error: face has loop with wrong orientation..."

Exporting a PCB STEP file from DipTrace: [X]Board [X]Package Models [X]Pad Holes (Models setting = Solid or Parts)
- Opens and properly displays PCB, holes and components in FreeCAD.
- Opens without errors in Geomagic Design showing PCB and components, but holes are missing - only their outlines appear.

Exporting the opened STEP file from FreeCAD to a STEP file with colors, then opening the newly-created STEP file in Geomagic Design
- Opens without errors and displays PCB, components and holes properly in Geomagic Design.

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