PCB Layout editor - Hide Silk Drawings

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OldTechie
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Joined: 19 Sep 2015, 22:51

Re: PCB Layout editor - Hide Silk Drawings

#11 Post by OldTechie » 09 Nov 2019, 13:25

I ran into the same issue, and it took me a while to stumble onto an easier solution than making duplicate components without the silk screen or editing the Gerber file.

Work Around:
Right-Click on the component that you want to remove the silk screen from, and then from the drop-down menu, select Ungroup Component. Then you are free to select thee individual pieces of the component to delete, move, or otherwise edit as you wish. You can select individual lines, arcs, pads, etc.

A caveat, though, is that since you just destroyed the component's identity as a component, the RefDes, Value, or other properties that you normally want, are gone, and will have to be placed back onto the silk layer individually by placing text.

Hope this helps until a real solution can be put into Diptrace.
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Dave M

Moris
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Joined: 01 Oct 2012, 16:35

Re: PCB Layout editor - Hide Silk Drawings

#12 Post by Moris » 12 Nov 2019, 03:01

hide/suppress all silkscreen objects of the selected component(s)
Why would you like to do this on individual components?

Tomg
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Re: PCB Layout editor - Hide Silk Drawings

#13 Post by Tomg » 19 Nov 2019, 15:52

Moris wrote:
12 Nov 2019, 03:01
Why would you like to do this on individual components?
Usually, most components don't need to have their silkscreen drawings suppressed; just a select few due to special-case, unavoidable clearance issues. Redesigning the artwork in the pattern library for these special cases is time-consuming and inefficient as layouts change and evolve. This "individual" selection option would enable the designer to retain most of the PCB artwork on the board. Suppressing all of the artwork just to avoid a single, special-case clearance issue would likely introduce more confusion later on when it comes to loading/inspecting/troubleshooting the PCB.
Tom

agareau
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Joined: 16 Mar 2017, 09:21

Re: PCB Layout editor - Hide Silk Drawings

#14 Post by agareau » 29 Nov 2019, 21:02

Instead of "Hiding Silk Drawings", maybe the user could be allowed to dynamically edit pattern Silk layers, for that immediate use, without affecting the permanent pattern ? OR, could a priority scheme be developed which would determine for a specific or given area, what would be placed on the board : the pad, the silk or other layer ?
Andre

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