My outline is correct but the board does not appear in Sketchup.
This is a known issue of Sketchup on systems using the comma (,) as a default decimal separator.
There is no fix yet, you can try to change your regional settings to use a dot, import the eup file, then revert to your comma setting.
The board is not generated correctly.
This happens when the outline of the board is not a single closed path. Here I had left the technical borders for manufacturing of the PCB. eagleUp only supports a single outline. Try removing the unnecessary lines from your layout and export again.
The export in Eagle works, but it does not import in Sketchup
There seems to be an issue when non-english characters such as ü, ö or å are present in the folder path. This is a Windows related issue so I cannot help but suggest you use a different path.
Which layers are used by eagleUp ?
eagleUp uses two layers for internal process :
int drill_image_layer = 116;
int imagesize_layer = 222;
These lines are at the beginning of the ULP file. If these layers are in conflict with your setup, edit and pick a free layer.
Importing my design in Sketchup is very slow
- Using a lower resolution like 300 dpi (this is sufficient to check the placement of the parts, you can use a higher resolution when the design is finalized)
- Installing the xxx-Q8 versions of ImageMagick instead of the xxx-Q16 (the processing is done on 8-bit per color which is sufficient for our images and is 50% faster)
- Skipping the vias (eagleUp 4.3 and later). This reduces the complexity of the model and is faster to create and display.
- Using as much as possible simple skp models for the parts. Models created from step/iges are heavy and not optimized. It is more efficient to draw your own parts whenever possible.
- do not use the “use jpg images instead of png” setting, unless required by your post processing. The jpg images are heavier and slower to display than the png.
The displayed model is blurred.
In Sketchup, go to Window menu, then Preferences, then OpenGL tab. I activate the three first options and select the higher settings in the list (yours might be different).
The image is larger than the board, holes and components are misplaced.
Set the width of the dimension lines to zero to correct this problem.
The solder is not visible between the component and the pads
For a very realistic view you should place the tin on your skp models. With trial and error you will find the best looking shape.
Is eagleUp free ?
Yes, eagleUp is a free tool. A donation is always appreciated.
The import and export scripts are freely readable so you can edit them and learn new techniques.
I am in a hurry. Can you make the 3D model of my project ?
Sure, contact me for a quotation.
I like this tool and would like to contribute. What can I do ?
You can subscribe to the beta tester list to help develop the future releases.
Even if you are not familiar with ULP and Ruby coding, feel free to suggest ideas of improvements, different methods or tools to make eagleUp better and faster.
You can also support the development by making a small donation.
I leave the comments open on this page, feel free to leave your questions 🙂