Integrating the Thermal Design Experience with the Import Properties Tool

25 February, 2019


6SigmaET is known for its intelligent automation and accurate modeling that shortens design time and encourages collaboration across teams. The Import Properties feature was made in this same spirit, namely to speed up the model creation process and make user experience as integrated and smooth as possible.

Tool Overview

The Import Properties feature provides a quick and easy way to make bulk changes to your model. You can use this tool to import physical properties for any object, including Components, Heatsinks, Solids, etc. in the form of an CSV file and, as such, alter your model in less time than was previously possible. Properties can be imported to the model as a whole or to the children of a selected object.

The Import Properties feature can also facilitate collaboration across teams. For example, if an electrical engineer has data on various physical properties of a product, he or she can put it into a CSV file to hand over to a thermal design engineer, who can then easily make the bulk changes with only a few clicks.

How-To

To use the Import Properties tool, click on “Import Properties Data” under the “Import” ribbon.

Figure 1. Import Properties Data tool can be accessed through the Import ribbon

From here, pick the CSV file you would like to import and click “Open”.  Select the property type you would like to import in the “Object Type” pull-down bar. In this example, we will be importing (Enclosure) Components.

Figure 2. Import Properties Data by Object Type in the Object Type pull-down box

Once you have chosen the appropriate property type, hit “Next”. The following dialogue box shows you how the properties are being mapped onto the model’s properties.

If the column header in the CSV file matches the name of the property you are importing, then the mapping is done automatically. If that is not the case, then you would need to correct the names manually by using the drop-down options to match the importing property types.

In this example, the CSV file header (i.e. “Thermal Design Power”) already matches the option in the “Thermal Design Power” column.

Figure 3. Imported Components CSV file with matching title, i.e. "Thermal Design Power"

Figure 4. Match Importing Property Names/ Titles on CSV and in ET program

Once the importing titles are aligned with the necessary columns, click “Next”. The dialogue box that follows conveys which unique ID in the CSV is being mapped to which item in the model.

Figure 5. The "Map Item Map" dialogue box shows which unique ID(s) from the CSV map to which item

The final screen informs the user what changes have been made. Click “Finish” to complete the import.

You will now be able to see the changes on the model.

Ease of Use and Collaboration

The Import Properties feature accelerates the model creation process and removes team-related bottlenecks. If you would like to learn how to get more out of your thermal designing with 6SigmaET, consider reading our CAD Integration blog.


Blog written by: Danielle Gibson, Technical Marketing Writer