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How to: Eagle CAD to 3D Rendering Views

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Today I learned how to create 3D renderings of Eagle Boards.  I’ll share with you how I got this image below.

FAB1515-REVA-3D

 

You’e probably seen this board design, it’s from my last blog posting. It’s a split +/-15V DC/DC Converter power supply, which also accepts our FAB-1248 Plugin module (for 48V DC output).

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How to mount SMD parts to bottom of PCB (using Eagle CAD)

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I’d like to share this trick. If you’re new to Eagle, placing SMD parts on your bottom copper layer seems to be a mystery.But it’s real easy and I’ll show you.

In this example, we want to put C6 and C6 (both 0.1uf capacitor) to the bottom of the PCB. As you can see, the solder pads on C5 and C6 are colored “red”, which means they’re still on the top (default) layer.

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Don’t always trust your Eagle Libraries 100%…. well, trust but verify!

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FAB Modules, FAB2000 Input Modules
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I’m working on my FAB2010 XLR Input Module and getting ready to populate it. So far, I’ve noticed already a problem with the XLR jack…. it’s off by a few millimeters positioned on the board.

That’s the problem… I trusted the Eagle library for the XLR jack to be 100% correct. It’s not.

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