3D PCB Tutorial Videos

Below you will find a collection of 3D PCB Tutorial Videos showing you how to get the best out of AutoTRAX’s powerful 3D capabilities.

AutoTRAX PCB Design Software uses OpenGLTheĀ 3D PCB Tutorial Videos below are designed so that you can get the best out of AutoTRAX when it comes to 3D parts and 3D PCB visualization. TheseĀ 3D PCB Tutorial Videos are designed to help and are not infomercials.

Active3D with OpenGL gives you real-time 3D with shadows and reflective surfaces.


Viewing your PCB in Glorious 3D

Now you can view your PCB complete with shadows, reflective surfaces, 3D copper and even see the solder.

Parametric Parts

AutoTRAX comes with many parametric parts. A parametric part is a part than can automatically generate a 2D footprint/land pattern and a matching 3D model. All from a few simple parameters. So instead of having a library of 100’s of variants of a package type, you simply and quickly generate your parts.

Moving Parts In 3D on Your PCB

This video shows you how you can move your parts on a PCB using the 3-D viewport.

Importing 3D Models To Use in a PCB Part

This video shows you how to import a 3-D model from an external source iinto AutoTRAX. The part is also modified and the materials changed to give a more realistic appearance.

Comparison of real-time 3D rendering of a PCB

This video shows a comparison of rendering a 3D PCB with and without real-time shadows and reflective surfaces.

Setting Material Texture for 3D Parts

This video shows you how you can set the material texture for 3-D parts that you import into AutoTRAX. It also shows you how to modify the characteristics of the imported material to effectively have the equivalent of thousands of different textures.

Automatic Generation of 3D model PCB Header

This video show the header produced by AutoTRAX/Active3D.

3D PCB Viewing in AutoTRAX”

You can view your PCB in fully interactive 3D. AutoTRAX will even generate the 3D model of your parts and the PCB automatically.

Semi-transparent PCBs with AutoTRAX

You can make your PCB semi-transparent and even separate the layers so you can see the internal structure of your PCB.

Viewing PCBs and Their Internal Structure in AutoTRAX

When viewing a PCB is 3D you can make the layers of the PCB semi-transparent and increase the visual seperation of the layers so can easily see the internal struture of your PCB.

Adding, moving and rotating 3D objects on PCBs

This shows you how to add 3D content to a PCB or part in AutoTRAX. It also show you how to move and rotate objects.

Active 3D Preview for AutoTRAX

Active 3D is the next 3D visualization and modeling program for version 2. This video gives you a preview of whats to come.

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Most Widely Adopted Graphics Standard

OpenGL is the premier environment for developing portable, interactive 2D and 3D graphics applications. Since its introduction in 1992, OpenGL has become the industry's most widely used and supported 2D and 3D graphics application programming interface (API), bringing thousands of applications to a wide variety of computer platforms. OpenGL fosters innovation and speeds application development by incorporating a broad set of rendering, texture mapping, special effects, and other powerful visualization functions. AutoTRAX leverages the power of OpenGL across all popular desktop and workstation platforms, ensuring wide application deployment.

High Visual Quality and Performance

Any visual computing application requiring maximum performance-from 3D animation to CAD to visual simulation-can exploit high-quality, high-performance OpenGL capabilities. These capabilities allows AutoTRAX to produce and display incredibly compelling 2D and 3D graphics.

Industry standard

An independent consortium, the OpenGL Architecture Review Board, guides the OpenGL specification. With broad industry support, OpenGL is the only truly open, vendor-neutral, multiplatform graphics standard.


OpenGL implementations have been available for more than seven years on a wide variety of platforms. Additions to the specification are well controlled, and proposed updates are announced in time for developers to adopt changes. Backward compatibility requirements ensure that existing applications do not become obsolete.
Reliable and portable
AutoTRAX produce consistent visual display results on any OpenGL API-compliant hardware, regardless of operating system or windowing system.


Because of its thorough and forward-looking design, OpenGL allows new hardware innovations to be accessible through the API via the OpenGL extension mechanism. In this way, innovations appear in the API in a timely fashion, letting application developers and hardware vendors incorporate new features into their normal product release cycles.


OpenGL API-based applications can run on systems ranging from consumer electronics to PCs, workstations, and supercomputers. As a result, AutoTRAX can scale to any class of machine that you use.