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Think of a via as a small, through-hole pad. There is a recommended minimum ring size which may vary between each board house. Standard vias go all the way through the PCB. Blind vias can start out on either the top or bottom layer and terminate on an internal layer without exiting the PCB on the op...
Annular Ring : https://www.protoexpress.com/pcb/learn-pcb/annular-ring-width/ Ratline: A temporary line in the PCB Layout editor that shows a net connection. It is not a trace. It is a guide to help the designer lay down a trace to connect two pads belonging to the same net. When the trace has been...
Here's the current workaround for creating a through-hole pad with different size rings in the PCB Layout editor... 1) Place an SMD pad of the needed shape/size on the bottom side of the PCB a small distance away from the target through-hole pad. 2) Draw a ratline connecting the newly-placed SMD pad...
- 31 Mar 2020, 16:43
- Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
- Topic: Import custom graphics to silk
- Replies: 11
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For anyone who may be interested, here are a few observations which might help. I tried importing the DXF drawing into Alibre Design and this is what appeared... A.png Next, I imported the DXF drawing into the PCB Layout editor ( v4-Beta.2 ) without enabling the fill options and the result was the e...
- 26 Mar 2020, 09:26
- Forum: DipTrace News and Events
- Topic: DipTrace 4.0 beta
- Replies: 95
- Views: 10077
Looks good so far. Will the option also be available locally in addition to the global settings (e.g. right-click on an individual pad or trace for a different-from-global setting)?
Until Novarm finds a solution for the problem here is a zip folder containing DipTrace ASCII files of a crusty old v3 "PJ-028-SMT", a slightly more refined v4 "PJ-028-SMT" and a 3D model STEP file (I just happen to be working on updating my CUI pattern library for v4 )... PJ-028-SMT.zip Let me know ...
- 19 Mar 2020, 18:40
- Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
- Topic: PCB - trace antenna width (coplanar)
- Replies: 1
- Views: 462
I'm not familiar with the technique, but after a quick search I found the following two websites that might be of some help to you... Sierra Circuits - https://www.protoexpress.com/blog/pcb-transmission-line/ Chemandy Electronics - https://chemandy.com/calculators/coplanar-waveguide-with-ground-calc...
I suppose you could try manually routing the two nets and then locking them (right-click on each completed trace and choose "Lock Selected" in the pop-up menu). The autorouter will not touch locked traces.
DipTrace v4 has some nice usability improvements over v3 , and they are much appreciated. One of the improvements is the ability to double-click on a text object to bring up its properties dialog window. A minor change that would make this new feature a little more user-friendly would be to have the...