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Via in SMD pad
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Author:  KevinA [ 04 Oct 2017, 15:05 ]
Post subject:  Via in SMD pad

I've been working with 3.5mm phone jacks and barrel power connectors, a couple of suppliers suggested adding via to the SMD pad to help support the Jack. So I tried it:

in 3D

I built this with PCB editor, made one PAD and added 4 via's, cut and pasted then renamed all pads but I had to rename each via to pin 9 (Why did vias pick up the need for a pad number?). Built a component with 9 pins and added the pattern after saving it into a pattern library (NOTE: Bug, the PCB Editor created the pattern but when saved as a component to a library I don't have a means to name the pattern, I have to open the pattern editor and select the blank space then name it.) I created a PCB and placed the pattern:

I appears this will work and I believe if I rename the via to 9 (last pin number + 1) before copying it this won't be so labor intensive.

My Suggestion would be a tool that allows placing nail down vias on SMD pads as arrays without associating pin numbers with the vias.

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