Configure and Animate the bending of a PCB that is entirely Flex

Created: 25.03.2021 | Updated: 12.08.2021

Configuring and Animating the bending of a PCB that is entirely Flex

Starting in Version: 18.0
Up to Version: Current

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Configure and Animate the bending of a PCB that is entirely Flex

 

In order to add Bending Lines to a PCB in Board Planning Mode and animate the bending of a PCB in 3D Mode; it is required that there is at least one Layer Stack Region that is Rigid where 3D Locked is enabled.

 

3DLocked.png

 

 

To fulfill this requirement, create two identical Sub-Stacks in the Layer Stack Manager where one is Flex enabled and the other is Rigid where Flex is not enabled. When making use of Custom Bikini Coverlays your Sub-Stack will not be identical though Custom Overlays in the Flex Sub-Stack will Equal the standard Solder Mask Layers in the Rigid Sub-Stack per the 3D output.

 

RigidSubStack.png

 

FlexSubStack.png

 

 

By assigning the Duplicate Rigid Sub-Stack to a small portion at an end of the board that makes the most sense, you can then begin adding and configuring Bending Lines that can be animated in 3D View.

 

DuplicateSubStackAssignment.png

 

3D.png

 

 

See Also:

Defining and Configuring the Rigid-Flex Substacks

https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/defining-the-layer-stack-ad#!defining-and-configuring-the-rigid-flex-substacks

 

Defining Board Regions and Bending Lines

https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/defining-board-regions-and-bending-lines-ad

 

 

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