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 Post subject: Courtyard
PostPosted: 29 Jun 2016, 16:56 

Joined: 29 Jun 2016, 15:56
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First of all, maybe you can already do this in some manner, and I did not find it (yet), but a feature I would like is to have a courtyard line around components (as per IPC7351B), to show how close I can place them together.
I tend to copy the parts to my own library and add courtyard lines to the assembly layer.

For 0603 SMT components, I can set a design rule for SMT to SMT pad clearance, but then I get a lot of DRC errors for eg a TQFP package.
I am aware that I cannot ask you to change all libraries, but a nice and easy to implement feature would be to display a small line around every SMT pad, with an adjustable offset of 0.1 0.25 and 0.5 mm (as per IPC).

The attached image makes the idea clear. On the left are two components from my own library with 'normal' courtyard lines. On the right is what it would look like, without 'proper' courtyard lines, but with just an extension around every (SMT) pad.

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