We also use AutoCAD. I generally freeze layers that
I don't need to see to speed up screen redraws.
Most of the board houses we have used like to receive
HPGL plot files which AutoCAD does a great job on.

Steve Smith
Product Engineer
Staco Energy Products Co.
Web Site: www.stacoenergy.com


> -----Original Message-----
> From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Monday, April 02, 2001 11:20 AM
> To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Subject: [PEDA] Creating Assembly Drawings
> 
> 
> Hi,
> I'm working to define our internal process to document boards 
> for production. 
>  Specifically, I'm having a difficult time generating 
> assembly drawings.  
> 
> After much discussion, we decided the best path is to use 
> AutoCAD.  It allows 
> a great deal of flexibility to scale, rotate,  and position 
> the details for 
> improving communication with the production staff.  I use 
> Gerber files 
> converted to DXF  via Camtastic.
> 
> Here's the problem.  AutoCAD is dirt slow when it comes to 
> redrawing the 
> screen.  A simple two layer board takes seconds to redraw 
> with only the 
> silk-screen layer imported.  The entire layout in Protel or 
> Camtastic is very 
> quick to redraw.  It's killing the process.
> 
> Questions:
> 1.)  Is there any way to improve the redraw speed in AutoCAD 
> short of moving 
> from my P3, 600Mhz, 256M RAM to a faster computer?
> 
> 2.) How do others generate documentation?
> 
> 3.) Any other recommendations?
> 
> Thank you,
> Steve Allen
> Project Engineer
> Manufacturing Services, Inc.


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