RS Components Announces Launch of PCB Converter Module for Google SketchUp, Providing eCAD Tools with a 3D Dimension

General Press Releases Monday June 27, 2011 17:53
SINGAPORE--27 Jun--PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet/ InfoQuest
PCB Converter for SketchUp imports popular IDF file format, enabling a free 3D CAD design step direct from PCB designs

RS Components (http://singapore.rs-online.com/web/,RS) today announced the release of their new PCB Converter for SketchUp tool that allows designers to import Intermediate Data Format (IDF) files into Google SketchUp. The new module adds a 3D CAD back-end capability to PCB design tools and takes SketchUp into the electronic product design domain, transferring files from any CAD environment providing IDF output into COLLADA format. PCB Converter for SketchUp can be downloaded free from the DesignSpark SparkStore at www.designspark.com , from the RS website at http://singapore.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=electronics&cm_mmc=short_url-_-Aug_10-_-electronic-_-electronic , or from the plug-ins area on the Google SketchUp website.

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Google SketchUp is already known as the world's most popular free 3D design tool, and is rapidly gaining a widespread and loyal following with electronics design engineers. This is not only due to its capabilities as a CAD package, but also the fact that many of these capabilities are available in the free version. Using PCB Converter for SketchUp, users can, for the first time, import IDF files, a file specification designed specifically for the exchange of printed circuit assembly data between mechanical design and PCB layout.

Electronics engineers are able to export their PCB designs into Google SketchUp to assess their compatibility with the mechanical constraints of enclosures and mounts. This allows them to make design decisions immediately, and avoids the need for redesign requests and design reviews. Users can then incorporate 3D models of popular electromechanical components to complete their design. CAD models of products in the RS product range can be downloaded from its website in SketchUp compliant format (*.skp) and used in the tool.

Commenting for RS Components, Mark Cundle, Technical Marketing Manager said: "We've witnessed the growing popularity of Google SketchUp with electronic designs engineers, shown in format downloads of our 3D CAD models from the RS website, as well as comments and feedback from DesignSpark members. RS is delighted to be launching PCB Converter for SketchUp, continuing the development of free, essential design resources available for engineers through DesignSpark."

For Google, Stephen Dapkus, Google SketchUp Team added: "PCB converter for SketchUp offers electronics design engineers a new pathway to move seamlessly from eCAD to 3D MCAD design. Google are excited about the vision shown by RS Components in the development of PCB converter for SketchUp and are proud to see Google SketchUp being used by RS as a key component in the delivery of free access design tools, integrating the design journey for engineers."

PCB Converter for SketchUp is available free of charge without limitation to all members of DesignSpark, the RS online electronics design community and resource centre. DesignSpark provides free access to information, resources and reviews. Users will also have access to a full suite of video tutorials and examples.

About RS Components

RS Components is the world's largest distributor of electronics and maintenance products serving 1.6 million customers worldwide. Through operations in 32 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group distributes 550,000 products ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and protective clothing. The product and service portfolio supports the entire product lifecycle from R&D through pre-production to maintenance and repair, shipping more than 40,000 parcels on the same day the orders are received.

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc. The Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year to 31 March 2011 had revenues of GBP 1.18bn. For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com .

About Google

Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google's innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world.

Further information is available via these links:
Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
Tweet: RS Components
Hashtags: #ecommerce #electronics
RS Components on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components
Relevant Links:
Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com
RS Components
www.rs-components.com
DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com
Contact:
RS Components
Petrina Seah
External Communications Manager - Asia Pacific
Tel: +65-6391-5719
Email: Petrina.seah@rs-components.com
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