SnapEDA launches new 3D viewer

June 9, 2020The SnapEDA Team

We’re excited to share that we have launched a new and improved 3D viewer for our parts. It allows engineers to preview 3D models available on SnapEDA before download. 

We’ve added three key features, based on feedback from our community. First, we’ve added dimensions to the viewer so that engineers can verify key measurements before downloading. This was by far, the most requested feature of our new viewer. Second, we’ve added the ability to zoom in and out to get a closer look at the component’s details. And finally, engineers can rotate the parts to see them from every angle. 

Benefits of using 3D models when designing PCBs include, among many others:

  • Getting immediate visual feedback of your designs, which will aid in identifying issues such as shadowing of components
  • Confirming clearances between a component and its enclosure, or between other components
  • Verifying that the component outlines and designators of your parts are correctly positioned
  • Communicating design specifications – and demonstrating your hard work – to key stakeholders (ex: managers, clients, etc.) through beautiful 3D renderings of your circuit board

What’s new in the SnapEDA 3D model viewer

Dimensions: You can now view measurements of the models. You can enable or disable this feature by clicking on Dimensions in the bottom right-hand corner.

Full-screen view: If you want to take a closer look at the 3D model, click on the Fullscreen button in the bottom right-hand corner. To exit full-screen view, click the button again, or hit the escape key on your keyboard.

Zoom: Zoom in and out on the 3D model using your mouse wheel.

Panning: Pan using your right mouse button and by dragging your cursor.

New Dimensions feature of SnapEDA’s 3D viewer
Zooming and panning on SnapEDA’s new 3D viewer

Check out our new viewer in the 3D Model tab of our any of our parts with 3D models available. Give it a try for yourself by checking out the parts showcased in this post. Make sure to click on the 3D Model tab to see them. 

The 3D model viewer is available now on the SnapEDA website and all suppliers’ sites that use the SnapEDA plugin. If you’re a component supplier or distributor interested in adding symbols, footprints, or 3D models to your website, contact us. 

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