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Swapping [Replace] footprint of a component in electronic design

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Swapping [Replace] footprint of a component in electronic design



I am using a GPIO extender MCP23017 which is available in many packages particularly SO-SOIC and SP-DIP. 


I have already made a PCB layout design for the project but the SOIC package is not available in the market. So now, I have to use the SP-SPDIP footprint. Fortunately, both the versions are available in the IC_Interface library.


I want to now swap the footprint to SP_SPDIP easily. I have one method where I delete all the connections, delete the component and then add the updated component and make the connections again. But that is a bit tedious and I would like to know if there is a way in which I can just use Replace function. (Right now, it is giving me an error when I am replacing with the new footprint)


I also tried using the Change command [C] to change the technology of the component to SPDIP, but it doesn't update on the board. It just flashes for half a second and then vanishes.


Thank you,

Meet Shah

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in reply to: meetudiii

I have the same issue,  especially these days. It's happened to me several times

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in reply to: meetudiii

Hi @meetudiii,


I hope you're doing well. Assuming the footprint has been associated to the component inside of Fusion 360 then you can right click on the component and select "Package" that would be the most ideal solution. 


You first have to confirm that the component in the library has the footprint associated to it.


Let me know if you continue to run into problems.


Best Regards,

Jorge Garcia
​Product Support Specialist for Fusion 360 and EAGLE

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