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Printing the footprints to check if components fix

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mohamed.ali2EVMWW
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Printing the footprints to check if components fix

I would like to know how can I print my footprints to A4 size paper so I can check if the components fit?  (as in the picture below, which I saw from another forum)
I am in the 2D PCB view but I don't see an option to print. Please guide
Thank you.

 

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In the good old EAGLE days, before Fusion, you could print the various board layers, in scale, to PDF.
Now it only have a broken PDF printout with no names on it (bug#1), or a printout to PNG (or similar image format) that is not to scale ("bug"#2).
I hope Autodesk will supply us with a PROPER and WORKING PDF printout sometime.
Hint for @jorge_garcia2 

You can try your luck with the PDF print, perhaps, if your board is small it might print without half of the board outside the paper  (bug#3).
Use the CAM export, and in the Image section, select PDF.
Do NOT check the "Fit to page" checkbox.

You should then get a PDF with all your layers with no names though (bug#4).
Note that it will end up in a different location than your other CAM files, so keep an eye on the filenames and paths (bug#5).


Message 3 of 10

Hi @mohamed.ali2EVMWW ,

 

If you are on Windows the printer functionality still works fully. Go to your 2D PCB, Document menu, you'll see a printer near the middle of the bar.

@jesper8W75R This one has an open ticket and we know it's and important functionality to have. The CAM processor PDF output is to scale if remember correctly. Is that the one you are referring to?

 

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 4 of 10
jesper8W75R
in reply to: jorge_garcia2

@jorge_garcia2 Yes, the CAM processor output is correct.
Well, not quite, as it only works for really small boards.
As soon as they get a bit larger, 100-120mm on a side, they will be printed half outside the paper.
Another problem is that the PDF is NOT exported to the same location as everything else.
Also, each page is printed without any information about WHAT layer it is.


As I have asked many times before.... Do anyone ever TEST the code you release?????
Sure doesn't look like it.

Message 5 of 10

Hi @jesper8W75R ,

 

Try this in the CAM processor, if you right click on the IMAGE heading you'll have the option to copy the gerber setup. This will allow you to have each file name contain the info about what the PDF contains. Clicking on the image heading allows you to make sure you have the right paper size, orientation, and you can even scale the image to fit so that it won't go beyond the paper limits.

 

Have you tried these? The images generated through the CAM processor go into the same CAM outputs folder the rest of the manufacturing files go to by default.

Let me know if you are seeing something different.

 

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 6 of 10

I don't see the print button but I was able to bring the print dialogue by entering the "print" command. 

 

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Here is my print result and the footprint seems ok.

 

PCB Printed.jpg

Message 7 of 10

Hi @mohamed.ali2EVMWW , 

 

Thank you very much for asking.

Glad to see you run the print command already.

Want to share with you that you could access the print tool via Document tab > Output > Print. Hope it helps a little.

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Hope it helps a little.

Best regards,

Helen

 



Helen Chen
Principle QA for Fusion 360 Electronics
Message 8 of 10
jesper8W75R
in reply to: jorge_garcia2

@jorge_garcia2 
No, that STILL does not work.
The PDF folder ends up outside of the other files, because you cannot use variables in the filename as you can FOR ALL OTHER FILES.
So, it's still broken.

Reported long ago, and got change requests, FUS - 93393, FUS - 104950 and FUS - 99789

Message 9 of 10

Hi @mohamed.ali2EVMWW , @jesper8W75R ,

 

Hope all is well.

Today we released new version of Fusion 2.0.15291 which has the improvement for PDF and Image exporting via CAM Processor. Could you please update to latest version to have a try?

- No cut off in MAC after exporting image

- Image name is added in the footer of each page in exported PDF

- The saved path is inside of CAM export folder.

 

Additionally, we are working with other improvement for exporting PDF too, play stay tuned. We will keep you be posted once it's ready.

 

Much appreciated for your feedback and patient. 

 

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Hope you have a great day!

Best regards,

Helen



Helen Chen
Principle QA for Fusion 360 Electronics
Message 10 of 10

Maybe little off topic - for me printing 3d pcb model on my 3D printer do the work...

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