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 Post subject: Copper Pour shape import as DXF
PostPosted: 21 Jul 2010, 20:53 
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My first project with Dip Trace required some odd shape ground pours (analog mixed with digital). One of the shapes was circular another one had multiple edges with precise lengths. Ultimately I did complete the layout but it wasn’t easy.
To make things more frustrating I had those shapes in DXF format but at the moment there is no mechanism to import DXF shapes into Dip Trace as Copper Pour outlines.
Since there is a DXF import feature already – why not extended that to Copper Pour outlines? It would broaden the capability of Dip Trace quite a bit.
There are some low cost but very sophisticated mechanical cad programs that are needed to make the enclosure anyway. (I use Alibre. See http://www.alibre.com) Why not extend Dip Trace using the capabilities of these programs?
(In some instances I use PADS 9 (Mentor Graphics) – they have such a primitive mechanical outline tool that I can’t help but wonder if trivializing mechanical issues is an industry wide problem.)

By the way I am very pleased with Dip Trace in general!


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 Post subject: Re: Copper Pour shape import as DXF
PostPosted: 22 Jul 2010, 03:16 
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Ok, we will consider import copper pour outline from DXF file.


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 Post subject: Re: Copper Pour shape import as DXF
PostPosted: 07 Aug 2017, 21:44 
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It's been a while since this request ;)

Is this possible in the current version of Diptrace?

If I import a shape to Top or Bottom, the exported Gerber is empty until I add some pads.

If I draw a new copper pour shape outside of the board outline, then export the Gerber, the new shape is visible AND the imported DXF shape is also filled.


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 Post subject: Re: Copper Pour shape import as DXF
PostPosted: 08 Aug 2017, 09:13 
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This is still not possible in the latest version. But we will try to do it for the next one.


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 Post subject: Re: Copper Pour shape import as DXF
PostPosted: 08 Aug 2017, 09:18 
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arcsecond wrote:
"...If I draw a new copper pour shape outside of the board outline, then export the Gerber, the new shape is visible AND the imported DXF shape is also filled..."
That "fill" is not a single copper shape, it is just a collection of lines without the features/options/behavior of a copper pour.

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 Post subject: Re: Copper Pour shape import as DXF
PostPosted: 08 Aug 2017, 10:19 
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I see that... so why does adding a copper pour somewhere else on the board change an empty fill to copper?


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 Post subject: Re: Copper Pour shape import as DXF
PostPosted: 08 Aug 2017, 10:32 
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arcsecond wrote:
"...why does adding a copper pour somewhere else on the board change an empty fill to copper?..."
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you asking why a copper pour automatically fills?

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 Post subject: Re: Copper Pour shape import as DXF
PostPosted: 08 Aug 2017, 10:38 
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Sorted this out. On the "Border" tab of the Copper Pour Properties dialog, you can instruct the copper pour to fill the board outline.


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