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A bit more 3D model talk, and how to simply copy/duplicate 3D models.

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A bit more 3D model talk, and how to simply copy/duplicate 3D models.

My anti favorite, the 3D model handling, the MAJOR reason for frustration and issues for most users.
This is SO illogical and inconsistent.

But, playing around with it, I found a few things, that you may or may not know already.
It was new for me anyway.

Quite often, you want to use an existing 3D model for a new device.
IF the new device is in the same library as an existing device with the same model, this is pretty simple, you can use "Attach Copy of Existing 3D Model".
If your existing model is in ANOTHER library, oh dear. That used to be close to impossible to reuse it.
But in the new version, here's how to do it.
a. In the board view, right clicking on a component, will give you some options:
Screen Shot 2022-03-31 at 11.20.15.png
With this, you can copy existing stuff to another library.
NOTE that the receiving library have to be opened in Fusion, otherwise you will not see it in the list of target libs.

After you have done this, you can use the "Attach Copy of Existing 3D Model", as the model is now in your library.

Why this kind of operation is not possible directly in the library manager or library editor is a mystery.
But, I guess, things have to be as difficult as possible.

In the library editor, you will get an option for "Import" if you select "Create New Footprint".
Note that it ONLY does exactly that, it creates a footprint and does NOT take the 3D model with it.
Clicking on "Create New Package" does NOT offer an "Import" which is EXACTLY what we need to avoid the above with going through a board file to do it.
@jorge_garcia2 , please make the devs implement this BASIC functionality.

And while I'm at it, beware of the footprint - 3D model relation.
Sometimes, they are kinda linked together, sometimes they are not.

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in reply to: jesper8W75R

Hi @jesper8W75R ,


Thanks for the feedback, I'll report this thread and your suggestion. 


I'll keep working through the rest of your posts.


Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.


Best Regards,

Jorge Garcia
​Product Support Specialist for Fusion 360 and EAGLE

Kudos are much appreciated if the information I have shared is helpful to you and/or others.

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in reply to: jesper8W75R

Hi @jesper8W75R , @jorge_garcia2 ,


When I had to face this same problem I decided to use a folder in which I store all of my 3D models. Every time I need a model that I already have, I create it in his library and use the "insert into current design" command, in that way I think (and hope, but I have not tested it yet) that all my models in the various libraries are linked to a single "master" model, giving the ability to instantly update all of them at once by modifying the master, if necessary.



I'm not sure that it's the best way to do it but it's working fine at the moment.


Kind regards,


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in reply to: qubecl

Yes, @qubecl , that's what I do too now.
That works fine, the problem is all those things that SHOULD work, but doesn't. 😉

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