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Remove component without removing footprint

leighpots , 02-10-2017, 05:35 PM
Need an easy way to remove the component without removing device footprint. Tried a variant - of not fitted but the component is still there in 3D model.
Guess I could place footprint instead of component but that's a big hassle as some are IntLib ...anything else ?
Many thanks , Leighpots
mairomaster , 02-13-2017, 01:59 AM
I wouldn't advice that. For a proper design in Altium you always want to keep a good synchronisation between schematics and PCB. Why do you need to delete a component a still keep the footprint? Maybe there is a different solution about that.
robertferanec , 02-13-2017, 08:39 AM
@leighpots, you need to select variant in the PCB, then it works.

leighpots , 02-13-2017, 12:30 PM
Thanks Robert and Mariomaster,

We wish to export 3d model without the components to another package ...

From the schematic I can make variant not fitted and update PCB however it still shows up
I can find it under project variants in the pcb fie and make sure that Variant 001 is selected not fitted and the component is unlocked. .
But the component body is still there in 3D

I check Variant options - hide not fitted components still cannot get rid of it. I think this only applies to fab drawing but what the heck.
Perhaps related - the devices do not grey out or indicate not fitted in the schematic - perhaps some other setting enabling variants ?
robertferanec , 02-13-2017, 02:23 PM
Before you export the 3D model, set variant in PCB. We have done it many times, works oki. Maybe you are using an old Altium?
leighpots , 02-13-2017, 03:44 PM
Thanks - looks like the component links were blown - no matter what I did - not fitting in the variant even in the PCB - it would not actually do it.
I wish it would warn you of unmatched links !

I still cannot get the schematic variants to graphically DNI the schematic view however ... Let me give it a go for awhile and open a new post if I get stuck.

Regards, Leighpots
robertferanec , 02-13-2017, 03:53 PM
You can download our open source projects and test it there: http://www.imx6rex.com/open-rex/
leighpots , 02-13-2017, 05:14 PM
In your sch attached , I selected Demo1 as variant, c1 & c2 as not fitted but still no go . Your NF parts remain even though they are fitted.
I only have to click OK and the changes should be made ?
Maybe another bug in my version of altium ?

robertferanec , 02-14-2017, 05:40 PM
@leighpots, this will explain it to you: Altium Tutorial – Variants & Printing PDF Schematic
leighpots , 02-17-2017, 12:33 PM
Ah that little trick ... all the best regards, Leighpots
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