IDF translators CircuitWorks and Desktop

Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by Richard Duck, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. Richard Duck

    Richard Duck Guest

    Has anybody ever used CircuitWorks or Desktop to bring in PCB design
    What kind of success have had? Failures? things to look out for?
    I used to do this years ago when I worked on Pro/E and Mentor Graphics
    but now I need to do this with Solidworks.
    I know I need the EMN and EMP files to import and I can export an IDF
    Which one of the programs would you suggest?

    Richard Duck
    Richard Duck, Feb 10, 2004
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  2. Richard Duck

    Len K. Mar Guest


    Several clients have adopted Desktop EDA. It works as advertised.
    Most of the choices came down to cost - with EDA being cheaper than

    I believe you can download demo copies of both programs.
    Using the supplied demo data should give you a good feel for each
    They are not hard to set-up so testing both of them wouldn't be a big
    time burden.

    A little more time will be required if you use a PDM system since they
    look for existing library folders.


    Len K. Mar, Feb 10, 2004
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  3. Richard,
    We have used CircuitWorks since its inception and ben involved with
    its ongoing improvement. It works very well, either creating its own
    'skyscraper' models or using your own SolidWorks library parts. You
    can filter out items that are not parts, such as test pads, fiducials
    etc. and decide whether holes are shown and which ones.
    I would recommend you trying it out.

    Pete Nichols
    (throw out _RUBBISH)
    Peter Nichols, Feb 11, 2004
  4. If you will be using this in-house only these programs are not bad.
    If you plan on bringing in outside PCBA's however you may not have the
    correct alignment between the IDF file and the true PCBA. We build
    PCBA test fixtures and wated to try and bring in IDF data to get a
    virtual PCBA. How the individual parts are set-up may change how the
    part is aligned into the PCBA.

    Jesse Carpenter, Feb 11, 2004
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