While I'm following this thread I'm playing with some new thoughts I caught
for panelizing a PCB within Protel. Anyway it is really hard work and much
easier to let the PCB house do it for you.

However, what do you folks think about an input to Protel for the
requirements for a panelizing server for P99SE (that can't be so hard for
Protel, can it)? For example:

- Beeing able to define a placement array (like in Camtastic)
- Further beeing able to place PCB copys in a copy/paste manner for free
positionning
- Ability to flip individual PCB copys (upside down)
- Saving the panel setup for future changes of the PCB
- Generating the correct manufacturing files for the Panel (I'm particularly
thinking on Pick'n'Place)

That are the most importrant requirements for me I already had in the past
(and was able to cheat araound). It seems that more of you would have
similar requirements.

Regards,

Emanuel

Stephen Smith wrote:

> I had to try panelizing a PCB the other day, as I had to connect all the
> power and GND lines upto a main connector on the panel, so that the
> boards could be assembled on the panel, powered up and tested, as well
> as burn-ins B4 breaking the individual circuits from the panel.
> I tried to do it using paste special command with all keep net commands
> checked, but this took forever, and kept crashing, so in the end I
> unchecked the keep net box, but kept the keep designator box, and made
> the panel with DRC errors (I ran the DRC on the individual PCB to verify
> everything was OK B4 panelizing).
> I then had to connect all the power lines through a couple of breakout
> tabs of the panel.
> This worked Ok, but I found it hard to set up all the mechanical
> outlines, for the breakout tabs, etc.
>
> Steve

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