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Where do I find IDF files?

I am working on 'Beginners Guide - DesignSpark Mechanical Training   5 Importing and I fall at the first hurdle.  I click to load a file and get this dialog.  This picture says it all.

1. I don't have the ECAD Option;

2.  I don't know where the tutor is looking for the files.

 

What have I done wrong?

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June 2, 2020 08:51

Sorry Rick I should have read your question properly.
The files you refer to are in the link below. They need to be 'Unzipped/Extracted' to find the files you want for the tutorial.
Right click the file (DSM tutorial - idf) and Extract all. You will find two library files with the DSM files inside along with the idf file, that you can 'Import' from the Import PCB Icon.

https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/article_attachments/360001254554/DSM_tutorial_-_idf.zip

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June 2, 2020 08:52

IDF and Ecad files are from PCB design software. You do not need them in DSM.
Although you can 'Import' them from Designspark PCB, from the 'Insert' tab.

https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/211943145-What-are-the-import-and-export-formats-available-

https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/pcb-software

What beginners guide are you following?

The files available for DSM can be found here with their options.
File - DSM Options - File Options - ...

I noticed that you use a 3D printer so the STL files will be the ones you would need.
I think that your 3D printer needs to be calibrated properly looking at the prints that you have done. What software do you use to 'Splice' your STL files with?

I would recommend using Cura https://ultimaker.com/software/ultimaker-cura it can be configured for many 3D printers

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