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Transferring mechanical construction lines to 2D PCB

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Transferring mechanical construction lines to 2D PCB


I was watching the "Defining PCB Outline from Existing Geometry" tutorial and applying it to a design I've been working on. I was able to create a board outline with bolt holes based on this tutorial, but I was also hoping to be able to transfer other existing geometry onto the PCB so I could reference it during electronic component placement. In my particular case, I have button holes in the enclosure that I'd like to use for reference when placing the button components. Initially when I was creating the board outline sketch, I converted the projected button hole geometry into construction lines so that it wouldn't be considered when generating the board outline. I was hoping that this might get transferred to a "documentation" or "construction line" layer in the 2D PCB so I could use it for reference.

Is there functionality to do something like that? If not, are there plans to add it?

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in reply to: acolwell

Hello @acolwell,

There is currently no functionality for this and as far as I know there is no ETA for such functionality.

You can relocate the components on the PCB to their exact location without much difficulty and then push that back to the 2D PCB for routing. That work flow is going to be more natural to you.

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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It is sooo slow to have to move in 3D then push/pull/sync everytime to check alignment, particularly since the pads don't move. If you could project geometry so that it appeared on PCB then you could move pads in the PCB design.

That would really speed the now, very slow, design process up significantly.

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My approach is to create mechanical reference lines on layer 49 'Reference' that I can use to place components in relation to mechanical features. Edges, holes, etc can be defined pretty quick in the 2D space.

Obviously, it would be nice to have the Fusion360 sketches drive this parametricly - but this should help for now.

Carlos Acosta
Factory400 - YouTube|Instagram
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in reply to: acolwell

Hi @acolwell 

I hope you are doing well!

Today we release Fusion 360 V2.0.17710.

Within the 3D PCB workspace, we offer a new command called PCB Sketch.

I appreciate you giving it a try to see if it can fulfil your requirement.

PCB Sketch.PNG


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