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What's Good About Allegro PCB Editor 3D Viewing? Oh My – Check Out SPB16.3!

Comments(11)Filed under: PCB Layout and routing, PCB design, SPB, Allegro PCB Editor, Allegro, PCB Editor, PCB, SPB 16.3, Allegro 16.3, layout, "PCB design", SPB16.3, design, mechanical parts, 3D viewer

The SPB16.3 Allegro PCB Editor has a new 3D Viewer!

Viewing a 3D rendering of the Allegro design is now available with the 3d_viewer (View — 3D View) command. The 3D Viewer is invoked in a separate window which includes viewing filters; choice of solid, wire frame or transparent graphics; and controls to pan, zoom, and spin the display.


The 3D viewer also operates in pre-selection mode. This mode makes it possible to display HDI via structures.


Multiple windows can be opened and each window supports a function to export a .jpg bitmap file.

The 3D viewer is available in Allegro PCB L and up and requires OpenGL to be enabled.

Visit the Allegro Product pages and watch a movie of all the capabilities!


As always, I look forward to your feedback on this new SPB16.3 feature.

Jerry "GenPart" Grzenia


By Kamran Kashmiri on March 23, 2011
Hey Jerry,

The 3D viewer is also available in all the Cadence PCB tools including OrCAD!


By Jerry GenPart on March 24, 2011
Thanks for reminding us!

By allcards on March 25, 2011
Nice improvement!

By hayden52 on April 25, 2011
While this feature is nice, the screen refresh time is so long it makes it practically useless.

By Jerry GenPart on April 25, 2011
Hi Hayden,
I've not seen issues with the screen refresh, but it could be design dependent. Feel free to Email me or open a new Customer Support Service Request so that we can examine your scenario.

By Patrick on May 17, 2011
Good new, but is it possible to include real manufacturer 3d model of the component intead of a rectangle?

By Jerry GenPart on May 18, 2011
Hi Patrick,
The 3D model's height, width, and length dimensions are tracked in Allegro PCB Editor. We don't include exact 3D images/pictures of each component. You can use a mechanical CAD product (e.g. ProE) to see exact model images.

By arham on January 17, 2013
how to create 3d view

By Jerry GenPart on January 17, 2013
Hi Arham,
The 3D view is based on the height property values set on the component's Place Bound shape. That controls what you'll see in the 3D view.
Jerry G.

By William on March 3, 2013
how to make 3D view available  for net with via and trace in SPG16.5?
what setup is required?

By Jerry GenPart on March 4, 2013
Hi William,
The 3D viewer just gives a 3D view of the design as displayed in Allegro. I'm not sure about what you're asking. It might be best to contact Cadence Customer Support - http://support.cadence.com
Jerry G.

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