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Fusion 360 Populate Button in PCB layout

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davidC3EAW
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Fusion 360 Populate Button in PCB layout

Hi,

 

I hope all is well. I am currently using Fusion 360 for electronic design work (schematic, PCB and 3-D). I have a component that I don't want to populate put still want the pads on the PCB. There is a "Populate" button in the PCB portion of Fusion (I have attached an image with the button circled). I am unable to click this button, it is locked/frozen. I have tried toggling the "Locked" button but to no avail. Does anyone know how to unlock this button, or how to set a component to "Do not populate"? Thanks. 

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Message 2 of 7

Same problem here. Would love an answer ...

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jesper8W75R
in reply to: davidC3EAW

@davidC3EAW @scott.j.swaaley 
It was "solved" almost a year ago. But, of course, nothing has happened since then.
https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/fusion-360-support/problem-with-fusion-electronics-quot-populate-quot...

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jorge_garcia2
in reply to: davidC3EAW

Hi everyone,

 

The key with that checkbox is that it's for informational purposes only. The behavior you are requesting is based on the Variants functionality which allows you to specify different configurations of your PCB with some configurations having some components populated while others are not. It is through that mechanism that the Populate checkbox changes.

 

We are working to make this association clearer. In this scenario create a new variant and then uncheck the components you don't want to have populated in that variant.

 

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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Message 5 of 7

Hi,

I did eventually find documentation on the Variants and tried it but
marking the variant in schematic had no effect on the part being hidden in
layout.
Message 6 of 7
jorge_garcia2
in reply to: davidC3EAW

Hi @scott.j.swaaley ,

 

I hope you're doing well. Just to clarify, when you make a variant the part won't disappear fully, you'll still have any drills or pads that the component has plus the outline but the value and reference designtor will not be seen. On the schematic you'll see a red X over the component.

 

The idea here is that the same PCB should be useable for all variants, the only difference between the variants will be the components that are populated, their values, or the attribute set of said components. Think of a company that makes 3 tiers of a product a budget version, the normal version, and premium version. Variants allow for the same PCB to be used for all three, which saves money and board re-design.

 

Let me know if this is clear.

 

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.
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silvio3105
in reply to: jorge_garcia2

And DNP(Do not place) component won't be in assembly drawning?

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