View Full Version : Diptrace 3D preview!

09-08-2011, 06:01 PM
I hope I'm not late to the party, but I just got the latest version of Diptrace (v2.2.0.0) and they've added 3D preview to it!

Awesome... http://wardyprojects.blogspot.com/2011/09/protopeller-in-3d.html

It's pretty well implemented too, my graphics card usually struggles with things like this but it's smooth and responsive, I'm impressed.

WBA Consulting
09-08-2011, 06:24 PM
You aren't late to the party since the full release was announced today, but the beta version of the 3D was available back in March. It works pretty nicely, I hope the full release brings a lot more 3D parts with it. Check out my work on making a Gadget Gangster Propeller Platform USB 3D board on this thread (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?130511). Post #8 has the blue board version I did. Can't wait to get 2.2 installed.........

Bobb Fwed
09-08-2011, 08:29 PM
2,580 3D components. With those, I was able to put all but a dozen or so parts in for 3D preview. It's also really easy to put in the 3D patterns into existing designs.
It's also a lot of fun to mess with the color scheme of your board, to see what your board would look like with color options we don't see a point in paying for (like black solder mask with red silk always looks cool).

09-08-2011, 09:49 PM
I wish there were more connector models though, I can't seem to find 2-way pin headers and decent SMD LEDs. It would be really fantastic to be able to populate the entire board 100% with accurate 3D models. But I suspect that would be an unrealistic expectation for 98% of designers, even if they are using something high-end like Altium Designer or whatever. But for Diptrace to have this functionality at all (lets face it, Diptrace is a low-to-middle-range toolset) is something I wouldn't have dared to hope for.

09-08-2011, 11:07 PM
Is it free or do you have to pay for the 3D version?

Bobb Fwed
09-08-2011, 11:49 PM
I would imagine it's free, just like everything else DipTrace does. You'll just have a limit on the number of pads your design can have.

09-08-2011, 11:57 PM
Does anybody have a download link for the 3D version?

Bobb Fwed
09-09-2011, 12:08 AM
It's just part of the package. Just download version 2.2.

09-09-2011, 02:09 AM
I just updated to 2.2 and I'm really liking it. It's a lot easier for changing trace widths within the same trace.