Where Can I Find Dimensional Drawings for National Instruments Products?

Updated Oct 18, 2018

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Hardware

  • Industrial Controller
  • Multifunction I/O Device
  • Controller for Compact FieldPoint
  • CompactRIO Chassis
  • CompactRIO Controller
  • PXI Chassis
  • Motion Controller Device
  • Stepper Motor
  • GPIB Cable
  • GPIB Adapter

Issue Details

  • I'd like to know the size and dimensions as well as mounting procedures of a National Instruments product for documentation purposes. Where can I locate the dimensional drawings or 3D models for a specific National Instruments product?
  • I am designing a system and would like a 3D model of my NI product to ensure that there is adequate space in my system and no interference for connections.
  • I would like to know the physical spacing between two inputs on my NI C Series module. Where can I find published dimensions for this part?

Solution

Many dimensional drawings are available in the Dimensional Drawings database.  The model files there are free to download. 

Once you are on the dimensional drawings page, you can browse by product type (i.e. DAQ or GPIB), or use the search bar to find a particular product's dimensional drawing by manually searching for the product's name.

Documents are available in a variety of formats, which differ between products and are often available in both 2D and 3D formats.  The following are common file formats, but may not be available for each product:
  • PDF
  • AutoCAD (.dxf, and .igs (IGES))
  • .stp (STEP)
  • .prt (Pro/E)
Although NI doesn't offer these formats, you may still be able to find and equivalent:
  • .dwg
  • SolidWorks

Contact NI if you can't find a dimensional drawing online.
 
 

Additional Information

The User Manual for your product may also contain the dimensional drawings and mounting holes/procedures. 

If a dimensional drawing is not available for your product, in some cases you may be able to use calipers to find the physical dimensions that you need.

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