So over the labor day weekend I spent some time playing with Autodesk library io, EAGLE and Fusion 360. I’ve made a few 3D PCB’s using the new Push To Fusion 360 features in Autodesk Eagle 9.X but hadn’t tried Library IO yet. There’s a lot of work going on there, to say the least! The package generator is a great way to create custom 3D models of components (think resistors, caps, QFN, SOT, SOD, SOIC, etc.). There’s quite a few package types, each with their own set of editable values. The dimensions in these comps are fully editable, via a text input along with a 3D preview. The package generators work fairly well and I’ll be using them more in future projects.
Be aware this is my workflow here and probably isn’t ideal. This is just a method I came up with and wanted to share. Ideally, I think having managed shared libraries is the way to go but for now, my Kit Bashing approach is working, yay!
Don’t forget, CAD files of Adafruit Board are on GitHub. Heres a link.
In this video I walk through the workflow of turning an adafruit board into a detailed 3D model. I use Autodesk Library IO to generate custom components to populate PCBs.
Adafruit CAP1188 Breakout
Adafruit CAD Parts on Github
Autodesk Eagle Library IO webinar video
Fusion 360 Download