Fred, The Protel 3D stuff is useless as tits on a boar.
For visualizing the PCB assembly, I use and recommend View3D from http://www.qualecad.com. It's about $500. The rendering is a little slow but it works well enough. It associates VRML models with your PCB footprints. There are basic models included, or you can skip the model and instead specify a height through which the component outline is extruded. You can also create your own models (VRML authoring tools not included though many can be had for free on the WWW). Finally when you are done you can export the whole kaboodle to a VRML or IDF, which you can import to your mechanical cad system. For preview of VRML files, get SolidView http://www.solidview.com. The performance is great, and the price is right (free) but I found it leaks memory on each new file load, so you need to close and restart it occasionally. -----Original Message----- From: Phillip Stevens [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2001 13:42 To: Protel EDA Forum Subject: Re: [PEDA] Using 3D and a 3D bug... I don't have an answer, but I have also been wondering how this is done. And wondering if there is some 3D data which needs to be added somewhere? Also if it is not on the bug list already (P99SP6) The 3D viewer seems to display several of the DB9 (and many other connectors) from the legacy libraries "upside down". In other words placing the component on the top side, it appears in the 3D viewer, as if the component has been populated from the bottom side, as if the topside was the solder side. ---Phil FAR> I would like to use a 3D rendering of a prototype PCB for a project proposal. The rendering displays abnormal looking components at custom footprint locations. This is completely unacceptable FAR> for a professional proposal. Using 99SE SP6, can anyone tell me how I can generate realistic custom components for use in 3D renderings? FAR> Regards, FAR> Fred A Rupinski FAR> PS I submitted this question to technical support....again. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * To post a message: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] * * To leave this list visit: * http://www.techservinc.com/protelusers/leave.html * * Contact the list manager: * mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] * * Forum Guidelines Rules: * http://www.techservinc.com/protelusers/forumrules.html * * Browse or Search previous postings: * http://email@example.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *