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Sync Schematicto PCB with Fusion

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Message 1 of 10
peters5K5JB
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Sync Schematicto PCB with Fusion

Hi All,

 

I'm new to Fusion Electronics (no experience with Eagle either). I have followed the examples to create a schematic, then a PCB.

 

Now, I have modified the schematic to implement some changes - how do I get the PCB to show these changes?

 

I have added some components - how do I get the PCB to imports these new components?

 

I have modified some footprints - how do I update these footprints?

 

I can't change components manually, because the PCB doesn't wont to let go of the old netlist. How do I get around this?

 

Regards

PeterS

 

 

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Message 2 of 10

Hi @peters5K5JB ,

 

Thank you for asking.

Not sure whether you had chance to watch below videos from Edwin and Jorge about Fusion Electronics, you may check it out if not yet. 🙂 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqlSDB3x10w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlnHfN2xznk&feature=youtu.be

 

To answer your questions:

Now, I have modified the schematic to implement some changes - how do I get the PCB to show these changes?

- In the toolbar of Schematic design, click "Switch to PCB Document" icon, then they PCB will show the changes.

截屏2020-04-28 下午4.29.10.png

 

I have added some components - how do I get the PCB to imports these new components?

- Same as above, In Schematic design, click "Switch to PCB Document" icon to get the updates.

 

I have modified some footprints - how do I update these footprints?

- In PCB design, go to Library Tab in the toolbar -> Click "Update Design from all libraries used in design" icon, then you will see the changes.

截屏2020-04-28 下午4.30.14.png

 

I can't change components manually, because the PCB doesn't wont to let go of the old netlist. How do I get around this?

- Please see above answer which may help.

 

Hope it helps a little bit.

Regards,

Helen



Helen Chen
Principle QA for Fusion 360 Electronics
Message 3 of 10

Thank you for your reply Helen.

 

"To answer your questions:

Now, I have modified the schematic to implement some changes - how do I get the PCB to show these changes?

- In the toolbar of Schematic design, click "Switch to PCB Document" icon, then they PCB will show the changes."

 

Unfortunately, that doesn't happen in my case - the PCB does not show any changes...

 

"I have modified some footprints - how do I update these footprints?

- In PCB design, go to Library Tab in the toolbar -> Click "Update Design from all libraries used in design" icon, then you will see the changes."

 

Unfortunately, that doesn't happen in my case - I get a short lived popup that says (something like) "The PCB and Schematics are not consistent".

 

If I run the ERC in Schematic I get a dialogue box showing me a list the inconsistencies - however, if I click on any item in the box, the box disappears. This list is the components that I have added to the schematic.

 

Can you help me to get past this point?

 

Thank you

PeterS

 

Message 4 of 10

Hi @peters5K5JB 

 

usually you create a New Electronics Design fist and then start with the schematic. When you click the Switch icon as Helen mentioned above, the 2D PCB will be created. 
Now you have to keep open both files - schematic and 2D PCB - at the same time. DO NOT close the 2D PCB when you continue to work in the schematic. Electronics automatically transfers all changes you do in the schematic automatically into the 2D PCB and (with some limitations vice versa). 

 

The Forward/Back Annotation keeps your design files in sync automatically then.

 

Best regards,

Richard Hammerl

Autodesk
Message 5 of 10

Thank you for your reply Richard.

 

I believe I have done the 'usual' things...

 

But now it's broken. How do I fix it?

 

Regards

PeterS

Message 6 of 10

Hi, did you get a solution to this problem; because I'm having the same issue?

Message 7 of 10

No. I haven't found a solution. The first time was on a practice project, so, I didn't matter that I threw it away.

 

But now I have the same problem on a real project. The boss will be spitting if I have to throw this away too!!!

 

Somehow, through library editing, 2 connectors have gone missing on the PCB. I have tried removing them from the Schematic, and reinstalling them - but no good.

 

I have manually placed them onto the PCB, but that only made 2 errors into 34 errors.

 

BTW - does anyone how to make those fleeting error messages modal?

 

Any help welcome

Thanks

PSPF

 

Message 8 of 10
mir546
in reply to: peters5K5JB

Hi.
I'm testing the editor and I've run into this problem. No solution yet?
How did they decide to act? Or are you using another editor now?

Message 9 of 10
mir546
in reply to: peters5K5JB

The solution seems to be to make changes only when both the schema and PCB documents are open. If you change the schema when the PCB is closed or delete the PCB element when the schema is closed, the synchronization breaks. You need to take this as a feature of working with fusion electric.

It was 2021... When will they fix it?

Message 10 of 10
tcauttero
in reply to: mir546

Is there really no solution to this problem? Luckily, I didn't do much work on the pcb yet and was able to copy the schematic into a new electronics design. But it's ridiculous that you can still inadvertently brick your entire project by not having both files open at once. I use Altium at work but am trying out Fusion 360 for some home projects. I'm not having a good experience with this program. 

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