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Ever wondered how designers make those polished 3D PCB renderings? Flickr user Rob sheds some light on the issue with the comparison seen above –

Comparison of a virtual board and a real board, designed in Eagle and rendered using the amazing Eagle3D by
Matthias Weißer, which creates files for POV-Ray.
It’s like seeing the ultrasound before you have the baby!

Congratulations, it’s a bouncing baby stepper driver with onboard PIC! Thanks for the tip, Rob. – Pretend board vs real board on Flickr

Both apps are free and mac/win/linux-compatible –

Eagle 3D ULP add-on for Cadsoft Eagle

POV-Ray 3D raytacer

Cadsoft Eagle freeware version


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Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

  • Spiffed

    As an avid Eagle3D user, I’ve started an Eagle3D group on Flickr and would appreciate submissions of any renderings you may have.

  • _x

    Even better if this was free software (GPL).