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Yes, that feature is coming with our new website design. 

We will do the following in the near future:
  1. Download connectors from the mfr. website
  2. Relocate the origin to match the Footprint
  3. Reorient the Pin 1 rotation to match the Footprint
  4. Change the Axis to "Z" (right plane) for most CAD tools
  5. Update the color of the package body and the Terminal Leads
  6. Rename the 3D STEP model to match the Footprint Name
We refuse to provide useless junk to our customers. The 3D models must be the highest quality. 

The 3D STEP model will come in a .ZIP file download and available to everyone who purchases a yearly LEAP Subscription. I do not know the price tag of the LEAP subscription yet, but we're trying to keep it under $1,000 a year to access millions of additional parts beyond POD.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote toshas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jan 2019 at 11:28am
Originally posted by Tom H Tom H wrote:

Yes, that feature is coming with our new website design. 
We will do the following in the near future:
  1. Download connectors from the mfr. website
  2. Relocate the origin to match the Footprint
  3. Reorient the Pin 1 rotation to match the Footprint
  4. Change the Axis to "Z" (right plane) for most CAD tools
  5. Update the color of the package body and the Terminal Leads
  6. Rename the 3D STEP model to match the Footprint Name
We refuse to provide useless junk to our customers. The 3D models must be the highest quality. 

The 3D STEP model will come in a .ZIP file download and available to everyone who purchases a yearly LEAP Subscription. I do not know the price tag of the LEAP subscription yet, but we're trying to keep it under $1,000 a year to access millions of additional parts beyond POD.
 
 
I'm confused a little bit: I'm talking about PCB Library Expert software by itself and you're talking about website services.
 
I'm looking for it from POD user point of view:
Till now I'm able to order footprint from pcblibraries website but with "simple" 3d model. Then I'm able to download "right" model from manufacturer website. All that I'm asking - ability to replace models inside PCB Library Expert, because right now it can be done only in CAD software.
 
Looks like you want to provide another way:
Grab models from manufacturer website (let's say N model with different height for each conector), align it with a footprints (let's say M types of different pins count) and upload all combination (N*M) to website. So any user will be able to find exact partnumber.
 
Is it correct undestanding ?
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Library Expert will never be able to auto-generate an accurate HDMI or USB connector as there are too many dimensions involved. 

We must manually create these fancy unique models as requested by the customer and they will not be free. It takes 2 - 4 hours to manually create an accurate HDMI connector and we can't find a professional 3D model drafter who will work for free. Their normal pay rate is $50 an hour in USA and $30 an hour in India. 

I know that you are asking for Free complex 3D STEP models and you should get those from the component manufacturer. PCB Libraries cannot download 3D STEP models from the component manufacturer and redistribute them "As Is" without their consent or written approval. 

We are however working on a deal with the connector manufactures to provide a direct URL link to their website so you can download them from there. You'll have to accept that solution if you want free complex connector 3D models. 

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Originally posted by Tom H Tom H wrote:

Library Expert will never be able to auto-generate an accurate HDMI or USB connector as there are too many dimensions involved. 

We must manually create these fancy unique models as requested by the customer and they will not be free. It takes 2 - 4 hours to manually create an accurate HDMI connector and we can't find a professional 3D model drafter who will work for free. Their normal pay rate is $50 an hour in USA and $30 an hour in India. 

I know that you are asking for Free complex 3D STEP models and you should get those from the component manufacturer. PCB Libraries cannot download 3D STEP models from the component manufacturer and redistribute them "As Is" without their consent or written approval. 

We are however working on a deal with the connector manufactures to provide a direct URL link to their website so you can download them from there. You'll have to accept that solution if you want free complex connector 3D models. 

 
Again, I'm totally agree with you!
 
In case when I already have complex 3d model (nevermind created by myself or downloaded from external link) will it be possible include this model during footprint export in V2019 ?
 
Thanks for your replies!
 
btw it's not only price question, who is responsible for potential errors are also very important. 
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