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marco.ruggeri

Italy
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Posted - 09 Mar 2015 :  10:36:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can anyone suggest a free IDF viewer ?

Edited by - marco.ruggeri on 09 Mar 2015 10:47:31

jameshead

United Kingdom
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Posted - 09 Mar 2015 :  11:02:26  Show Profile  Visit jameshead's Homepage  Reply with Quote
DesignSpark Mechanical will open IDF files and STEP. Though it will say in the dialogue "IDB" , it still opens the PCB Assembly if the IDL file also exists.

http://www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/eng/page/mechanical

STEP is better though, especially when checking connector matings between boards and the odd components like switchs, LEDs etc. where it's better to have a more accurate 3D shape. FreeCAD will open STEP, but not IDF.

http://www.freecadweb.org/
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marco.ruggeri

Italy
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Posted - 09 Mar 2015 :  13:55:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I tried with Mechanical Design Spark but it reports "error at line 22:TOP" . The same file is imported without problem in SolidWorks. James (or someone else) do you have any suggestion?
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jameshead

United Kingdom
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Posted - 09 Mar 2015 :  13:59:26  Show Profile  Visit jameshead's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I get no issues with an IDF v3.0 output from Pulsonix 8.5 into DesignSpack Mechanical 2.

If you're using the latest versions of both programs then I'd start looking for something unusual in the design such as an odd board profile or cut-outs, or something a bit unusual with the component heights.

I know that the very first version of DesignSpack Mechanical did originally have an issue importing IDF which I reported to RS and Pulsonix but that issue was fixed.
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marco.ruggeri

Italy
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Posted - 09 Mar 2015 :  14:50:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It seems that the problem is only related to complex polyline board that with Solidworks are not a problem, with simple board shape it seems to work fine
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