We’ve started to build SketchUp 3D models of our projects. To automate the process we’re using the EagleUp export/import script. It builds a 3D model of the PCB and arranges models of components onto the board.
Sounds simple right? It is pretty easy, but you still have to find or build models for all the parts. Once the parts are built you have to match their 3D origins to the origins of Eagle footprints, and name them the same.
We’ve built a small library of components of our parts from various 3D Warehouse models to compliment the ones already available for download at EagleUp. All our models are open source and are available in the art folders of SVN.
As a feature we will be releasing a 3D model of one of our projects every Monday. If you’d like to help out, add some models, or need some advice, please head for the forum.