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Use old Eagle with Fusion 360 (push/pull between eagle and fusion)

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michaelWDJZX
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Use old Eagle with Fusion 360 (push/pull between eagle and fusion)

We have a lot of existing designs that use both Eagle and Fusion 360, the integration has been a pleasure to use until now. We wish to continue using Eagle as a standalone product, and Pull/push into fusion as necessary. This does not appear to be possible now with the new version of Fusion, as the PCB does not show up in the 3D design. 

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puresoft
in reply to: michaelWDJZX

Hi,

 

At present I think the position is that you can instantiate a PCB from the EAGLE side and then push/pull it to create/sync it in Fusion 360. You can then just keep pushing updates from EAGLE side to Fusion. However the instantiation of new PCB boards from Fusion side is not there in this first release of FE, so you can't create a new 3D PCB board on the Fusion side and then link to that from the EAGLE by pointing to it.

 

So for any of your existing designs, you should be able to just push updates from EAGLE into Fusion 360 and keep working that way. If for any reason the link is broken, try removing the board (link pointing from the EAGLE push/pull interface), push the EAGLE design as a new board into Fusion, and then import that new board into your enclosure project, it should then be a working board (test on a copy file).

 

I am able to keep working with the above approach. I don't think the current FE is really ready for new designs yet, not until they enable 3D models to be imported/edited from within FE. Until then I think it's best to just use desktop EAGLE and push into FE, though you will have more limited board outline drawing tools, generating from EAGLE side.

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michaelWDJZX
in reply to: puresoft

Thanks puresoft for your reply.

I tried the push to Fusion, but to be able to do this you need a PCB feature in the assembly first, which is no longer possible to create.

I was able to find a workaround however:

  1. (Eagle) Manually create the board ouline
  2. (Fusion) Save a copy of a previous Fusion design that contained a PCB feature.
  3. (Eagle) Push the board outline to Fusion
  4. (Fusion) Replace the old enclosure with the new one and rename

I really hope they are working on a solution to this problem. 

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Hi @michaelWDJZX,

I hope you're doing well. We are working on solving this issue.

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.

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Some of the old functionality has been restored, it is now possible to create PCB documents in Fusion 360, pull them into Eagle for board design, then push them back to Fusion.

 

If you wish to do this, do not use the "Derive PCB from Sketch" feature, as it will not allow you to insert this design back into your original design. All you will have is a standalone PCB document. Im not sure what the purpose of this is.

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michaelWDJZX
in reply to: michaelWDJZX

@jorge_garcia2 is there any solution to this yet? 

With the existing functionality, users are able to do the following:

  1. sketch the PCB outline in an existing mechanical design,
  2. create a PCB (derived so it can be modified later)
  3. pull the outline into eagle and do the electronic design
  4. push it back to Fusion with all the components present. 

This gives the user a separate PCB part, which looks great!

The problem is, it cannot be inserted into the original mechanical design because it creates a circular reference. 

The only way is to break the derive feature in the PCB, and save. Then it can be inserted as a component.

This does not allow for re-dimensioning the PCB (which is a real pain).

Am I doing something wrong? This seems like it should be basic functionality.

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Hi @michaelWDJZX ,

 

I hope you're having a great day, it's not necessary to break the derive. The key to working with a derived PCB is that you create a third file in which you insert the enclosure and the 3D PCB. In this way you avoid the circular reference but can still have the 3D PCB reference the enclosure.

 

We have a sticky post covering this workflow at the top of the forum.

 

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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