Community
Fusion Electronics
Working an electronics project and need help with the schematic, the PCB, or making your components? Join the discussion as our community of electronic design specialists and industry experts provide you their insight and best practices.
cancel
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Can I complete a schematic before making footprints and 3d models?

5 REPLIES 5
SOLVED
Reply
Message 1 of 6
acsann
219 Views, 5 Replies

Can I complete a schematic before making footprints and 3d models?

I am about to start my first PCB design. Will I run into any future problems if I first concentrate solely on the schematic and completely ignore developing footprints and 3d models?

5 REPLIES 5
Message 2 of 6
acsann
in reply to: acsann

Come on, man! HA!

All I need to know is -  do I bork my library if I complete a schematic before beginning to create footprints and 3D models? If this is a bad idea, please let me know.

Message 3 of 6
edwin.robledo
in reply to: acsann

H1i acsann,

Thank you for participating in the Fusion 360 electronics forum. I strongly recommend that you work using components that have the Symbol and the associated footprint. You can always add the 3D models later and update the design when you're further ahead.
I have noticed some designs that begin with devices with no footprints, and it gets a little confusing down the line.

I hope this helps.

Best Regards,

Ed

 



Edwin Robledo
Tech Marketing Manager
Message 4 of 6
acsann
in reply to: acsann

Thank you Edwin. I was afraid this was the case. I appreciate your advice. 

Message 5 of 6
edwin.robledo
in reply to: acsann

Hi Ascann,

Thank you for your reply, glad to assist.  Remember you can add more than one footprint to a device, this is called variants. I recommend that you consider adding variants later in the library editor instead of working with no footprint. It is really easy to switch the footprint variant down the line in the schematic or the board.

I hope this helps.

Ed

 

 



Edwin Robledo
Tech Marketing Manager
Message 6 of 6
acsann
in reply to: edwin.robledo

Ed

Thank you for that....it really helps to know I do not have to make a final decision on the footprint while designing the schematic.

Again, thanks for helping a new user.

Clark

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask the community or share your knowledge.

Post to forums