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: 

Designing pcb for use with other pcbs

4 REPLIES 4
SOLVED
Reply
Message 1 of 5
evanelezaj
846 Views, 4 Replies

Designing pcb for use with other pcbs

Hello!

I would like to preface with saying that I am a beginner to fusion 360 and I did my best to find information regarding my question but to no avail.

I am making a little handheld emulator console powered by a raspberry pi zero. I am trying to design a pcb that I can mount all of the other pcbs to, such as the pi zero itself, a power circuit, audio amplifier breakout, etc. All of these other boards are from adafruit so I have access to the brd files. I am wondering if there is a way to sort of copy the 'silhouette' of the other pcbs so that I can lay them out to ensure that everything will fit on my pcb?

4 REPLIES 4
Message 2 of 5
everettac
in reply to: evanelezaj

What I did for an Arduino Micro was to create a library with the required sub-boards as components for use in the main project board. For the footprint, either create your own using the 0.1-inch grid or copy the required headers and outline from the .brd file into the library footprint. I'm not sure if a better way exists though, this is just what worked for me.

Message 3 of 5
evanelezaj
in reply to: everettac

How would I go about converting the brd files into components in a library?

Message 4 of 5
everettac
in reply to: evanelezaj

If you are looking for common boards, this page has a few libraries that can be imported and edited to meet your needs. Otherwise, creating a component is similar to laying out a board, except that you are working with holes and pads instead of components. To my knowledge, there are no instant converters to use, so it will take some work from your part. (Note, I do not know your experience level, so the following explanation may have more detail than necessary.) If you do need to create a new component, my suggestion would be to open the board file, select the headers and board outline, and then copy them to a new footprint in a library. The layer of the board outline will need to be changed from Dimension to tPlace. You may also want to delete extra lines that were copied or add some text to describe the part. Add the text >NAME to the board if you want the name of the part to show up in the footprint. For symbols, unless you know what you are doing, I would recommend using a generic header with the correct number of pins. I'm also no expert with working with Fusion 360 electronics or Eagle, so unless you are already familiar with either, I would suggest looking up a guide that suits your needs if you need to create more than a 2d board. Guides for Eagle should in general also apply to Fusion 360, except for that buttons may be in different places.

Message 5 of 5
evanelezaj
in reply to: everettac

Thanks for the speedy replies!

I think you have given me more than enough information to help me with my issue. I will give it a shot and get back to you if I have any more questions..

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

Post to forums  

Autodesk Design & Make Report