Anyone interested?

Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by Sam Doan, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. Sam Doan

    Sam Doan Guest

    Hello group,
    I have written a program more than 5 years ago and haven't touched it
    since then. It is an IDF translator just like Circuitworks. I am
    thinking of rewrite the program and publish it for the SW community but
    don't know if there's anyone interested.

    Sam Doan, Jan 7, 2006
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    TOP Guest

    I think there would be someone. There is a pretty high ratio of lurkers
    to participants here.
    TOP, Jan 9, 2006
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  3. Sam Doan

    jjs Guest

    I'd be interested :)

    Never used circuit works so really can't give any suggestions.


    jjs, Jan 9, 2006
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    Stan Guest

    Hi Sam,

    I'm sure the SW Community would be interested in a IDF Translator like
    CircutWorks. On the other hand, SolidWorks 2005 and 2006 has a inbuilt
    'free' IDF translator in the form of CircuitWorks Lite, and the latest full
    release of CircuitWorks (v8) is a pretty powerful, well established and
    comprehensive application:

    Where your application will fit in the market place is uncertain.

    Stan, Jan 9, 2006
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    Chris Dubea Guest

    I'd be interested as well.
    Chris Dubea, Jan 9, 2006
  6. I'd be interested as well
    Adrian Brooks, Jan 9, 2006
  7. Sam Doan

    chief_brody Guest

    I'd be interested.
    I currently run SW2006. Where is the "free" Circuitworks Lite?
    I have SolidWorks Office. Is it included in there?
    chief_brody, Jan 9, 2006
  8. When you open a file, under the "File Type" pull down box, select the
    type "IDF". This will let you import pcb files that have been saved in
    a compatible format.
    Mark.Stringham, Jan 9, 2006
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    Rich Guest

    Yes it does, but it is very crippled. It will only import the extruded
    sketches not map to a proper part and it only opens IDF 1.0 and 2.0 files.
    It will not open 3.0 files which are now more common and allow parts to be
    stood off the surface of the board. Solidworks IDF importer extrudes these
    parts down to the board surface which sucks.
    True, but it is very expensive when you only use it once in a while. There
    maybe is a market for a budget solution that imports IDF 3.0 AND allows
    mapping to models even in a simple form.


    Rich, Jan 10, 2006
  10. Sam Doan

    Stan Guest


    You have your IDF versions mixed up.CircuitWorks lite (and the full fat v8)
    support IDF 2.0 and 3.0 (alas, there was no version 1.0 published)

    IDF 4.0 is currently unsupported by both products, but 4.0 is not in common

    I disagree with 'very expensive' as it will probably save the time to model
    from scratch on one project. Try modelling a 1000 component board manually!

    Stan, Jan 10, 2006
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    TOP Guest

    I'm all for a little competition. Especially if it is user written.
    TOP, Jan 10, 2006
  12. Sam Doan

    Rich Guest

    From my experience here, Solidworks 2006's built in IDF importer only
    imports IDF 2.0 files correctly (my bad on the 1.0) It will import 3.0
    files, but does not utilise the extra features such as the ability to stand
    a component off the surface of the board. It imports 3.0 files as if they
    were 2.0 files.

    I'd love to be proven wrong though, it would be very handy to import 3.0
    files correctly with components stood off the board.


    Rich, Jan 11, 2006
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