Hello again Laurie,
It has just occurred to me that I may have been missing the obvious on this
one for years.
I use customised design rules for all sorts of 'one-off' exceptions in
respect to copper.  While this facility is darn fiddly to drive, it is
actually pretty clever when you figure out what kind of dope the programmer
was on at the time of writing.

So.. I wonder if you can set up a 'component footprint' specific design rule
that allows zero minimum component clearance between itself and all other
components.  You would probably need to then ensure the connector/mounting
pads were given their specific rules that emulated the normal clearance
requirements.  Never tried this myself but if you give it a go, let me know
how you get on.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Laurie Biddulph" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2004 7:33 PM
Subject: [PEDA] Transparent footprints

Hi, I hope you all had a happy Xmas.
I need to place two large components on a pcb that will actually be on
spacers and connected to the main board by short wire links. As the items
are relatively large (one of them is one of those standard 2- or 4-line LCD
modules) the footprint for these will be quite large yet be basically
empty - there will be four spacers, one for each corner, plus a short
multi-way connector. Is there any way of creating this as a component
footprint so that it may be correctly moved and position on the main board
yet still allow Protel to freely place components and tracks in the free
area under these components?

As the position of the spacers relative to the connector is fairly critical
it is preferable that this is one single component.

Best Regards
Laurie Biddulph

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