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 Post subject: Eliminating GND traces with copper pour
PostPosted: 21 Mar 2017, 11:12 
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I'm just learning to use DipTrace and was trying to figure out a method to get the autorouter to not route the GND net and then make the connections with copper pour. I looked through the different setup dialogs but didn't see how to remove the GND net from the route. So instead I came up with this method:

1. Before routing the board do a copper pour on the entire board, both sides, connected to GND
2. Autoroute the board with DRC turned off.
3. Unpour and repour both sides.

This worked exactly as I wanted but I'm wondering if there is a better way?

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 Post subject: Re: Eliminating GND traces with copper pour
PostPosted: 21 Mar 2017, 13:47 
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Sounds good to me, but you don't have to unpour; just re-pour all copper pours. In case you weren't aware, if you are using v3 you can assign separate hotkeys for unpouring and re-pouring copper pours to make things a little easier.

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 Post subject: Re: Eliminating GND traces with copper pour
PostPosted: 21 Mar 2017, 14:28 
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Thanks Tom. So can I take it from your answer that there is not a way to exclude a net from AutoRoute?

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 Post subject: Re: Eliminating GND traces with copper pour
PostPosted: 21 Mar 2017, 14:55 
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Right-click on the desired net (or pad connected to it) that you don't want routed, select Net Properties... in the pop-up window and in the Net Properties dialog window choose "Don't Route" in the Auto-route Mode: drop-down list.

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