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Topic: 3D Model not generated
Posted By: jnbrown
Subject: 3D Model not generated
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2021 at 4:00pm
Using Library Expert Free and all of the sudden it no longer generates 3D models.
Also I no longer see the option to turn 3D model on/off.

Thanks





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Posted By: Nick B
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2021 at 4:24pm
3D STEP is available in the Enterprise - free, just pay maintenance of $299 / year.
 
You can get it online at the link below, or https://www.PCBLibraries.com/ContactUs" rel="nofollow - Contact Us for a quote:
https://www.pcblibraries.com/Products/Software-Subscription/LL-3D-STEP.asp" rel="nofollow - https://www.pcblibraries.com/Products/Software-Subscription/LL-3D-STEP.asp


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Posted By: jnbrown
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2021 at 4:28pm
Is this a recent change?
I have been using Library Expert Free to do this for a long time.




Posted By: Tom H
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2021 at 4:30pm
Yes, it was turned off today. 

We have V2021.13 Footprint Expert Pro in beta test that has 3D STEP for free. 

Download and install that version. 

It has a lot of new features too. 

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Posted By: jnbrown
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2021 at 4:33pm
Wow that is recent.
Thanks Tom


Posted By: jnbrown
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2021 at 4:44pm
How do I activate the license for that version?



Posted By: jnbrown
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2021 at 4:48pm
I found the license key and it is working now.

Thanks again.



Posted By: Tom H
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2021 at 4:54pm
You must log into http://www.pcblibraries.com" rel="nofollow - www.pcblibraries.com and your Cloud License is in your user profile. 

I know you found it, but this is for everyone else who reads this post. 



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Posted By: mgeorgiev
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2021 at 3:49am
I just installed V2021.13 Footprint Expert Pro, set up the cloud key, 
but still can't generate 3d step models.
Footprint models are generated fine...


Posted By: jnbrown
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2021 at 8:19am
The 3D Step option is not activated.
Do I need a different key?



Posted By: Tom H
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2021 at 9:35am
We're in the middle of turning off 3D STEP in V2020 Library Expert Pro and turn it on in the V2021 Footprint Expert Pro beta so you can test it out and report any issues to me. 

We release V2021.14 Monday and all features should work just like the Enterprise version. 



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Posted By: Tom H
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2021 at 10:22am
Try V2021.13 again. I just downloaded 2021.13 Pro and it has 3D STEP. 

Note: There are 17 bugs that we're working on fixing right now and V2021.14 should be released on Monday with most of the issues fixed. 



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Posted By: mgeorgiev
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2021 at 11:48am
May be it was my fault, but I didn't saw the 3D model checkbox.
Now it works fine (when I checked it). 


Posted By: Tom H
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2021 at 12:17pm
Good news! Let me know if you find any bugs in the beta release and we'll fix them immediately. 

Our goal was to add more features in V2021 and bring it up to current electronic industry technology. 

You now have "Options" by simply save your personal Options .opt file you can edit several hundred values including Drafting Outlines for Legend, Assembly, Courtyard, package Body, Terminals and Origin Marker. 

You now have "FP Designer" to automate the creation of non-standard and connector footprints. Customize your pad stacks and create complex footprints from mfr. recommended patterns.

You now have "Library Editor" to save all you package dimensions, your personal polarity markings, custom 3D STEP colors, footprint rotation and the mfr. recommended pattern dimensions. Library Editor also has "Batch Build" so you can create many footprints and 3D models with a mouse click using your personal Options. 

Since we're in beta, there will be weekly releases with all known bugs fixed. 



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Posted By: jnbrown
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2021 at 9:56am
Just tried it again this morning and now it looks like 3D step is working.
But maybe there is bug because then it stopped working.
But if uncheck and then check 3D model then it generates the step file.




Posted By: chucktp
Date Posted: 17 Mar 2021 at 5:50am
3D step output mostly works for me, except for chip ferrite beads. Occasionally I get an error message with chip resistors or chip capacitors but it worked after a few tries/restarts. With the ferrite bead however, there is not even an error message. I'm using 2021.13 Pro beta.

Is there a list of known problems for 2021 beta?


Posted By: mgeorgiev
Date Posted: 17 Mar 2021 at 7:06am
The same here. Today 3D generation doesn't work.
Check / uncheck also doesn't help.


Posted By: Tom H
Date Posted: 17 Mar 2021 at 8:18am
There's no list of V2021.13 fixed bugs except there is a number - 16 bugs that will be fixed and all versions released today in V2021.16 beta. 

Most bugs are easy 5 minute issues and some take 2 days. 

In addition to the bugs, the programmers are implementing some customer requests for new features. 

A major update is coming that will fix all known issues. 



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Posted By: tbleiker
Date Posted: 17 Mar 2021 at 11:54pm
What are your plans for 3D Export in (V2021) Footprint Expert Pro

Will it stay included in the free version or will it be dropped after beta?



Posted By: Tom H
Date Posted: 18 Mar 2021 at 12:09pm
V2021.17 Footprint Expert Pro beta is now released with all known bugs fixed. 

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Posted By: nsaxena
Date Posted: 02 Apr 2021 at 1:56am
Hi Tom,

Installed the V2021.17 3D generation option is working only for BGA not able to see the 3D export check box for the rest of the components.
 


Posted By: Nick B
Date Posted: 02 Apr 2021 at 7:35am
3D STEP is available for $299 a year - no need to pay for the license, just yearly maintenance to get the updates.

https://www.pcblibraries.com/Products/Software-Subscription/LL-3D-STEP.asp" rel="nofollow - https://www.pcblibraries.com/Products/Software-Subscription/LL-3D-STEP.asp
 
 
Regards,
Nick


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Posted By: jnbrown
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2021 at 2:21pm
It would be nice to know what the official policy is, especially if I have to ask my management for money.
Is 3D step free or not?



Posted By: jnbrown
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2021 at 2:22pm
Originally posted by nsaxena nsaxena wrote:

Hi Tom,

Installed the V2021.17 3D generation option is working only for BGA not able to see the 3D export check box for the rest of the components.
 

Where can I download V2021.17? I could not find it, just 2021.01

Thanks


Posted By: Tom H
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2021 at 2:42pm
The Free V2021.01 Footprint Expert Pro is officially released after 1.5 years in development. 

The Free V2021 Footprint Expert Pro is full featured with "Options, Library Editor, Batch Build, FP Designer, etc.). No difference between Footprint Expert Enterprise and Pro except Pro has some Banner Ads. 

The Free V2021 Footprint Expert Pro is only intended as a footprint automation tool for 12 CAD tools: 
  1. CADint
  2. DesignSpark
  3. DipTrace
  4. Eagle
  5. KiCad
  6. Pantheon
  7. Proteus
  8. Pulsonix
  9. McCAD
  10. SoloPCB
  11. Target 3001!
  12. Ultiboard
Xpedition, Allegro and PADS Professional were already removed for V2021 Pro. 

In 10 days, OrCAD PCB, PADS Standard, all Zuken CAD tools and Altium will be removed. 

The new V2021 Pro does not support 3D STEP except for BGA's. 

If you want/need 3D STEP, you must upgrade to the ENTERPRISE version. 

You can get Free 3D STEP, but you must pay the yearly maintenance of $299 (like Nick mentioned above last week). 

Also, all our software programs are Free, but some CAD tool interfaces and 3D STEP require paying the yearly maintenance to get all the upcoming updates, technical support, training and new features. 



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Posted By: jnbrown
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2021 at 7:04am
Tom,

Just to clarify, if I want Altium with 3D step then it will be $598 per year.
Is that correct?

Thanks



Posted By: nsaxena
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2021 at 7:23am
It was beta version


Posted By: Nick B
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2021 at 7:59am
Originally posted by nsaxena nsaxena wrote:

It was beta version
 
Correct 2021.17 was the last BETA release, we rolled back to 2020.01 with the official release.


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Posted By: Tom H
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2021 at 8:43am
V2021 Footprint Expert Enterprise for Altium with 3D STEP cost $598 for yearly maintenance. 

You get all the Updates (and we just uploaded V2021.02 pre-release with a couple bug fixes). 

You get unlimited technical support and training. 

All new features will go into V2021, which is a brand new 100% rewrite. 



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