RS Components, Europe's leading high-service distributor of electronic components has developed the "PCB Converter plugin for SketchUp" that "convert IDF files from most 2D circuit board design applications (like their own DesignSpark PCB) to COLLADA, which SketchUp can read and write," informed Chris Dizon, SketchUp Sales team.
In short, "PCB Converter for SketchUp allows designers to import Intermediate Data Format (IDF) files into Google SketchUp. The new module adds a 3D CAD back-end capability to PCB design tools and takes SketchUp into the electronic product design domain."
"An electronic (PCB) engineer using SketchUp in conjunction with the PCB Converter for SketchUp can decrease the number of time-consuming interactions with the mechanical engineer by doing a much of the groundwork (such as checking potential collisions with mechanical components) before sending the final board design to the mechanical engineer. The collaborative process becomes much more efficient and productive for both parties, which allows for faster development," explains Dizon.
Watch PCB Converter Plugin for Google SketchUp in action in the video below: