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 import a sketch into a pcb design to make copper area

3 REPLIES 3
SOLVED
Reply
Message 1 of 4
philip.guimond
402 Views, 3 Replies

Can I import a sketch into a pcb design to make copper area

Hello my dudes,

 

I'm making a Stylophone and to make the keyboard I was thinking of importing a DXF or maybe an outline from a sketch, so that it would be easier to make the copper areas that make the keyboard. I couldn't find any option to do it and I didn't find any tutorials on that matter. Here's the sketch in question:

2022-02-14 09_21_17-Window.png

Is this possible by any means? Otherwise, what would be the best way to do it in the PCB design space?

3 REPLIES 3
Message 2 of 4

Hi @philip.guimond ,

 

First off, kudos on tackling an interesting project. Musical projects are always fun. 

 

Unfortunately, for now, it's not possible to bring the sketch directly into the electronics environment. I'd probably go DXF on this one. Export the various copper features as as DXFs (if given the option make sure to export as polylines, I don't remember off the top of my head how Fusion's DXF export defaults). 

One thing that is going to cause problems is the keyboard. The way you have it sketched now all of the "keys" share edges. If you look at a stylophone there is a gap between the various keys separating them. You need to add that gap, otherwise once you import that into the electronics section of Fusion 360 all of the keys are going to short.

 

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.

Did this resolve your issue? Please accept it "As a Solution" so others may benefit from it.
Message 3 of 4

Hi @jorge_garcia2, I actually went ahead and drew the keys by hand, using my sketch dimensions. It was a bit time consumming but it did the trick. Once I had a key drawn I could just copy and paste it, it saved a lot of time.

 keyboard layout.png

 

Just for the sake of it and for future projects, I tried the DXF method, but got stuck when tring to import the DXF created from the sketch line in the PCB design space. When right-clicking on the DXF in the data panel there was no option such as insert into current design. How would I go about importing it into the design?

Message 4 of 4

Hi @philip.guimond ,

 

In the Electronics 2D PCB editor you would go to the Automation menu and select the Run ULP icon. You'll find there is a ULP called import-dxf.ulp double click it and that will activate the script to import the DXF. 

 

Currently we are using these User Language Programs (ULP) to enable the import. Eventually, we'll support it natively.

 

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.

Did this resolve your issue? Please accept it "As a Solution" so others may benefit from it.

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

Post to forums