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Old 16th June 2006, 02:14 PM   #1
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Since Andy asked us to show what we have been working on, I attached an example of a Printed Circuit Board model with the "PC artwork" acomplished using texture mapping.
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Old 16th June 2006, 02:51 PM   #2
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Nice work Terry.
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Old 16th June 2006, 05:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: Printed Circuit Board Model

Likewise, here is a circuit board that I have worked on. Your idea of using "using texture mapping" to show circuit board traces is great! Thanks.

I previously asked if anyone, was doing similar work and wanted to share electronic component libraries. Maybe there is more interest now, see:

http://www.ac3d.org/forum/showthread.php?t=3132

(This circuit display was created using only AC3D.)

This is a mockup of a four axis CNC controller, it has not been actually created yet.


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Old 16th June 2006, 09:03 PM   #4
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Default Re: Printed Circuit Board Model

you should make textures on the main board so that all the connectors look like there connecting to some thing
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Old 16th June 2006, 09:12 PM   #5
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I have drawn my parts to a 1:1 scale. In File-->settings, you can set the major divisions to represent "0.1" and the minor divisions to be "0.01" which makes it easier to draw small parts to scale.

I haven't worried about showing resistor color bands since I am trying to achieve an overall "form, fit", kind of model rather than duplicating what the board would look like in a picture.

I'm not sure how we could go about sharing part models through the forum or otherwise, but I'm not opposed to doing so if someone knows how to do this.
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Old 17th June 2006, 02:11 AM   #6
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Great models!

For a library of parts, create a folder structure containing your parts and access it using File->Object-Library.

I'm interested to know - what do these circuits do?
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Old 17th June 2006, 08:42 PM   #7
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As a matter of fact, I have placed the part models in an Object-->Library.

The circuit board, that I illustrated, processes position-angle signals and sends out an alarm signal to a piezo device when an invalid set of position angles is detected. It is part of a "Sleep Position Monitor" that I designed for myself. Due to a back injury, I have to limit the positions that I can sleep in to two positions. If I get into a bad position, the monitor will sound an alarm and wake me.

The bottom side of the board wasn't shown in the image that I sent. The texture mapping for it shows the other traces that connect to the components. The texture mapping that you can see in the image that I sent is just the top-side artwork.
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Old 22nd June 2006, 11:53 AM   #8
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Are these actual circuit boards to be used in some electronic device or are they just examples?
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Old 25th June 2006, 05:04 PM   #9
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I have a model on page 4 of the gallery that is a "Crind" (Card Reader IN Dispenser) Node. I use these models for training and documentation. I have since started using a texture to show "traces" on the board.
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