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I am designing a PCB in Eagle, however my PCB has a bit of a complicated shape which I can not design directly in Eagle.

I want to design it in a simple CAD software and would then like to import it into Eagle.

Is there any way to import a drawing from a CAD software into Eagle to use as the dimension for the PCB?


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  • \$\begingroup\$ You can probably draw that in Eagle... That said, any vector handling software will do it, Illustrator, AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, Solidworks, Inventor, FreeCAD, etc \$\endgroup\$ – Wesley Lee Jan 8 '18 at 18:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ I see no problem to draw that thing in Eagle. \$\endgroup\$ – Janka Jan 8 '18 at 18:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ You should also be able to do it in Fusion 360 \$\endgroup\$ – Ron Beyer Jan 8 '18 at 18:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks all.I worked with Pro-E, CATIA but I am new to Eagle CAD and Altium. I appreciate your suggestions. \$\endgroup\$ – litun bls Jan 8 '18 at 19:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Actually I have the PCB design in Altium. Can I take only the PCB layout to eagle? \$\endgroup\$ – litun bls Jan 8 '18 at 19:55
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Eagle V6 and later can import a DXF file using the importdxf ULP.

If you export your outline as a DXF file you can then import it on to the dimension layer in Eagle.

Most CAD software will be able to export a DXF file, so pick one of your choosing.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, Tom. I have the DFX format. But I use Eagle 7.4.0 and I do not find any options to import DFX format in eagle board view in dimension layer. \$\endgroup\$ – litun bls Jan 9 '18 at 7:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ @litunbls it's a ULP. If you click the ULP, and then find the file called import-dxf. Alternatively, type the command run import-dxf. \$\endgroup\$ – Tom Carpenter Jan 9 '18 at 8:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ Eagle 8 has DXF import directly in the file menu (shortcut to the ULP) \$\endgroup\$ – Jan Dorniak Jan 10 '18 at 18:47

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