Transferring Pro/E Component Shapes to Mentor via IDF
Is it possible to create a detailed Pro/E model of a connector and pass the "footprint" to Mentor? I have successfully created the Pro/E model and exported the footprint to a .emp file. The Mentor designer I passed the file to didn't think there was a way to import a component in a .emp file. Does anybody know if this is possible? If so, any hints on how to accomplish this? We have successfully transferred board data back and forth, but have never needed to pass a new component from Pro/E to Mentor.
You probably want to export the file from Pro/E as an emn file, emp files work with some ecad packages, I am not sure if your version of Mentor is one of them. In order to export the file properly, the part and subsequent emn fileshould have a single cross section. Create a protrusion from the base of the part to the top of the part choosing the outside edges of thecomponent (top view) in your section.
On our website, there is a sample emn outline file inside the zip file. It resideson the following page.