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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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FAB2110 Input Transformer Module – Prototype with parts

Populated our FAB2110 Input Transformer Module with parts.  Here are some photos showing a Jensen JT-11K8-APC Input Transformer mounted on it.

The board looks good, but I’d probably add another mounting hole on the lower right corner, just because the board is a little unstable with a heavy transformer mounted on it.

I’ll build another prototype using a different Input Transformer, like an Altran or EA brand.

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FAB2010 Prototype – populated with parts

Populated the FAB2010 boards tonight. I put too much solder paste on my resistors so I need to be careful doing that. It’s a little hard because I’m just using a plunger to dispense the paste. I need to get one of those solder paste pump dispenser. I’ve seen them on eBay for around $150 or so.

Anyway, here are some pictures.

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Bitmaps in PCB Design – Part II

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The 600dpi Bitmap import I made (see this post), wasn’t successful when I uploaded my gerber files to the PCB house.

So Plan B…. I reduced it to 200DPI, and I think that did the trick. The gerbers were accepted, preview looks fine, so now we wait 2 weeks before we can get our boards.

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