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    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

  • #2
    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.


    • #3
      leighpots, you need to select variant in the PCB, then it works.

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      • #4
        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 ?


        • #5
          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?


          • #6
            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


            • #7
              You can download our open source projects and test it there:


              • #8
                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 ?

                Attached Files


                • #9
                  leighpots, this will explain it to you: Altium Tutorial – Variants & Printing PDF Schematic


                  • #10
                    Ah that little trick ... all the best regards, Leighpots