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Search components in all libraries?

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Message 1 of 8
remiBB5EP
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Search components in all libraries?

Hello everyone,

 

This is my second PCB design with Fusion 360 and I am struggling finding components in the library. For my first PCB I did all manually (schema, footprint, and 3D) for all component, some found on distributor website. It's VERY painful to add a new component, many steps to get it in the library.

 

I think I must do something wrong though. I cannot find anything useful in the libraries available.

Say I search for something as simple as a mosfet like 2N7000. How can I search in all libraries?

 

If no way, is there any direct way to add it from https://octopart.componentsearchengine.com/part.php?partID=251289&p=1&tok=1h1l1ccu3A6jqqjp (I am using macOS and ECAD does not work)

 

I can find the lib in Eagle folder and 3D step, but no footprint and no way to add it with so many steps it defeat the purpose of having Fusion 360 compared to simple products. Only way is to create a new lib, add the .lib, upload to library.io, create a new footprint, create a new component, upload step file, add it to the component. etc... takes many minutes if you do it correctly and can really be a horror story!

 

Thank you for any tip!

Torpi

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Message 2 of 8
jorge_garcia2
in reply to: remiBB5EP

Hi @remiBB5EP,

 

I hope this message finds you well. If you go into the library manager, you'll see that you can enable the old EAGLE libraries. Even though many of them don't contain 3D models they are still a valuable resource and you'll find many more components there. If you haven't already done so I would recommend enabling the old EAGLE libs.

 

Another thing you can do is use the SnapEDA and Ultralibrarian plug-ins for Fusion 360. These can help you find millions of parts and bring them directly into Fusion 360.

https://apps.autodesk.com/FUSION/en/Detail/Index?id=5446990520022318629&appLang=en&os=Win64

https://apps.autodesk.com/FUSION/en/Detail/Index?id=8116232332146395670&appLang=en&os=Win64

 

Those are the links for the plugins. Let me know if you run into any problems

 

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 3 of 8
remiBB5EP
in reply to: jorge_garcia2

Thank you. I guess I expected to get more out of F360 without plugins.

What is frustrating is that adding a new component is not just as simple as a drag and drop of the lib and 3D step. It takes so many steps to import it.

Also it would be nice to search within all libraries, even if not included. It’s not always easy to know in which library it is.
Message 4 of 8
jorge_garcia2
in reply to: remiBB5EP

Hi @remiBB5EP,

 

I hope you're doing well. We are working on making these experiences smoother. With that said I personally enable all of the libraries that way when I search, I search through all of the libraries. At this point the search functionality is fast enough that it's not a problem to 18000+ parts available for use.

 

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.

Did this resolve your issue? Please accept it "As a Solution" so others may benefit from it.
Message 5 of 8
remiBB5EP
in reply to: jorge_garcia2

Thanks for your response.

Is there any drawback if I activate all libraries? Does it include it in the project and has an incidence when sharing or exporting on the computer? Or is it just a search filter?

 

I am designing with Fusion for home projects. Having the right footprint + 3D helps for PCB ordering and design of 3D printed enclosure. Building my library for simple components that are pretty standard is really painful.

 

@jorge_garcia2, do you recommend specific manufacturer/brands for standard components that provides CAD and 3D?

 

I am speaking about: Terminal blocks, pin headers, mosfets, relays, dc/dc converters, logic gates, etc... things you use in many "DIY" home projects.  I am not trying to optimize costs here, only reduce hours building library (compared to minutes designing the schematics!)

 

Thank you for any advice!

Torpi

Message 6 of 8
jorge_garcia2
in reply to: remiBB5EP

Hi @remiBB5EP,

 

I hope you're doing well. There really isn't a drawback to having all the libraries active, they don't travel with the schematic and board design. Only the components you actually used stay in the design.

 

For pinheaders, check the pinhead library and all of the con libraries. For simple 0.1" headers you'll find what you need in the pin head library. Logic gates can be found in the 74xx and 40xx libraries.

The plug-ins I mentioned above can cover the ease of entry you want. They are both free so there's nothing to lose by trying them out. I do want to mention a caveat to this whole libraries conversation that I think you should be aware of. If you design boards long enough(won't be long) you will eventually run into footprints that have been made incorrectly and you will likely lose boards because of it.

 

For this reason, you'll find that most pros make their own libraries and completely refuse to use anything they haven't made and verified themselves. There are lots of services that make components but inevitably the components are made by software and not designers (it's the only way to amass a library of millions of parts) so errors are inevitable.

 

I encourage you to learn to make your own parts, the first one will take some time but once you are fluent you can make parts in a few mins, which is less time than downloading a part someone else made and verifying that it's correct. There are libraries that contain footprints which you can reuse when making your own parts, making the process even faster. These are the ref-packages libraries.

 

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.

Did this resolve your issue? Please accept it "As a Solution" so others may benefit from it.
Message 7 of 8
remiBB5EP
in reply to: remiBB5EP

Thank you @jorge_garcia2 for the information. It helps.

 

While I agree with footprints and schematics, it is laborious when you have to design the 3D models of all the components. Resistor, Capacitors and standard chips are fast to draw but other components are not so fast to design.

 

As an example those are the one I had to do myself for my last project:

 

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Message 8 of 8
jorge_garcia2
in reply to: remiBB5EP

Hi @remiBB5EP,

 

I commend you, you are very proficient at modeling the components. For the 3D models you can usually get those from the manufacturer directly. It's a pain but it can often save you the work of modeling the part yourself. The plug-ins we've spoken about are the easiest way to get a 3D model without having to make one yourself. In the meantime we are working on making 3D models more re-useable so that you can just grab existing 3D models from other libraires.

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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