I can take this project on.... when I retire.... ;)

Just kidding... I have a web site that could host this info but I don't have
enough space to hold the library... Maybe we could get some free webspace to
hold it and then it would be a possibility... 


Bill Brooks 
PCB Design Engineer , CID
DATRON WORLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC <http://www.dtsi.com/>.
3030 Enterprise Court 
Vista, CA 92083 
Tel: (760)597-1500 Ext 3772 Fax: (760)597-1510 
mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
IPC Designers Council, San Diego Chapter 
http://www.ipc.org/SanDiego/
http://home.fda.net/bbrooks/pca/pca.htm


-----Original Message-----
From: Bagotronix Tech Support [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2001 8:55 AM
To: Protel EDA Forum
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Camtastic or Protel?


These topics seem to come up frequently:

1)  How to panelize
2)  How to create odd-shaped PCBs, holes, and slots
3)  How to create jumper PCB tracks
4)  How to create "fuse" PCB tracks
5)  How to create PCB spark gaps

These topics should be FAQ'ed on our "hypothetical" website.  You know, the
one with all the nifty PCB footprints.  Has anyone started that website yet?
I remember some folks saying they were going to take discussion of it to a
separate list, but I don't know what that list is.

Best regards,
Ivan Baggett
Bagotronix Inc.
website:  www.bagotronix.com


----- Original Message -----
From: "Brad Velander" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "'Protel EDA Forum'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2001 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Camtastic or Protel?


> Stephen,
> we do this all the time for panelizing multiple designs or just
> multiples of a single design. What we do is to completely define one PCB
of
> the panel, complete with route centerlines, and breaks for the tabs (no
> route centerline for a tab). We then just copy the one complete PCB into a
> panel, all the routing and holes for "mouse-bits" are copied at once. We
> then save the panel under a different file name which indicates it is a
> panel. Then if we change something we only edit the original single board
> design and then recopy it into the panel outline. For editing and copying
a
> revised design, I usually mark some mechanical layer with a reference
point
> before deleting the old revisions from the panel. This just helps you get
> things back into the panel again without having to figure out all your
> spacing between boards again.
> One other tip, we typically use ACAD to do all the board outline
> design. Then we can offset to get our route centerline, break that
> centerline where we want a tab. Import the board outline into Protel along
> with the route centerline onto a mechanical layer. If we wanted
mouse-bites
> then we add vias of the appropriate size in the proper locations. All this
> is within the single PCB design and then gets copied for the panel, thus
> panels are no more work then calculating the offset PCB to PCB and using
the
> paste special, copy array function to get each row or column of PCBs.
>
> Brad Velander,
> Lead PCB Designer,
> Norsat International Inc.,
> #300 - 4401 Still Creek Dr.,
> Burnaby, B.C., V5C 6G9.
> Tel. (604) 292-9089 direct
> Fax (604) 292-9010
> website www.norsat.com
>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Stephen Smith [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> > Sent: Friday, August 17, 2001 12:57 AM
> > To: 'Protel EDA Forum'
> > Subject: Re: [PEDA] Camtastic or Protel?
> >
> >
> > 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.
> >
>

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