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Modifying step files for PCB assembly

Question asked by Phillip Head on Aug 8, 2013
Latest reply on Aug 12, 2013 by Dave Dinius

Hello all,

 

I am trying to map step files to PCB footprints for 3D PCB assembly. Problem is the step files (downloaded from component mfg. website) NEVER line up to the same origin and orientation as the PCB footprint. I can tweek the position and rotation of the model in the footprint file but it is enormously painstaking and very difficult to tell if it is properly positioned. So what I would like to know is......

 

How do I move the origin of the model to match the origin of the PCB footprint?

 

How do I properly orient the model so it matches up with the PCB footprint orientation?

 

How do I change the colors of certain features to match the actual component?

 

I am a complete newb to Solidworks so thanks for any help!!!

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