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How to set units?

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Message 1 of 12
AntonGabrie
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How to set units?

Hi,

 

I have been an Eagle user for a while and one of the things that frustrated me the most is that there was no option to change the units from mils to mm in the whole program. When I saw the new Electronics Design area of Fusion 360 I thought this would have been solved because units are changed globally in Fusion with ease., but that is not the case.  Am I missing something or is there really no easy way of switching measurement systems(for EVERYTHING)?

 

Best Regards

Anton G.

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Message 2 of 12
D-NGK
in reply to: AntonGabrie

Do the "Grid" settings not work for you?

If you change the size of the Grid to mm, FE will show all coordinates and dimensions in "mm"

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Message 3 of 12
AntonGabrie
in reply to: D-NGK

Thanks for your suggestion, but no. That only changes the units used in the grid and positional values. Take a look at these screenshots. The change is not global, which would make so much more sense. Altium Designer, Solidworks, Fritzing, Fusion 360 3D modeling environment, and many other programs work this way, but for some reason, Eagle, and apparently Fusion 360 Electronics also makes this confusing.

Message 4 of 12
jorge_garcia2
in reply to: AntonGabrie

Hello @AntonGabrie,

The Grid settings set the units globally, BUT Fusion Electronics displays the value in whatever units yields the lowest number of decimal places by default. It's an aesthetic feature so that the numbers in general look simpler. With that said this can be disabled, try this:

SET Interface.PreferredUnit x;

Where x is:
0 default, chooses units that yields lowest number of decimal places
1 imperial units
2 metric units

See HELP SET for all of the options available to the set command.

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

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Message 5 of 12
bjomag
in reply to: jorge_garcia2

Thank you for a very helpful answer to a question I have been wondering for a while. 

Is there any way to check the current setting of this setting?

I also tried HELP SET but nothing happened? You are supposed to do ctrl+L or just write in the command line, correct?

 

Thank you for an awesome product!

/Björn

 

Message 6 of 12
jorge_garcia2
in reply to: bjomag

Hello @bjomag,

There's no way to query the current setting but if you don't like the one you are on then you can change it to whatever you want it to be.

The HELP SET was just my EAGLE knowledge coming through, I thought it would work in Electronics but it looks like it doesn't. My mistake I shouldn't have assumed that.

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 7 of 12
nick7LNK4
in reply to: jorge_garcia2

Hello Jorge,

 

I hope you are well.  Just found this thread as I have been getting frustrated with this for some time now.  Every time I go to create a new component I have to change the Grid from mills to mm manually.  It would be good to have an option to chose your default option and have it remember that at least for any given project. 

 

I tried the SET Interface.PreferredUnit x as suggested but this did nothing.  Is this being addressed or is there another work around please?

 

Thanks

 

 

Message 8 of 12
nadovich
in reply to: jorge_garcia2

I've never heard a missing capability described as an "aesthetic feature". That's a new one on me. I'll have to use that someday. Thanks.

Message 9 of 12
jorge_garcia2
in reply to: AntonGabrie

Hi @nick7LNK4,

 

Now you can go into the preferences in Fusion 360 and set what you want the default units to be.

 

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 10 of 12
nadovich
in reply to: jorge_garcia2

Well, since you bring it up, it's not at all obvious where these unit
"Preferences" might be set when one is working on a PCB layout in Fusion
Electronics.
Message 11 of 12
jorge_garcia2
in reply to: AntonGabrie

Hi @nadovich ,

 

I hope you're doing well. Click on your picture on the top right of the Fusion 360 screen and then go to Preferences. Once you are in preferences go to the Electronics subsection.

 

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

Did this resolve your issue? Please accept it "As a Solution" so others may benefit from it.
Message 12 of 12
nadovich
in reply to: jorge_garcia2

I find a way to set the default units for future designs. Does that work
for the current design?

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