Author Message
 Post subject: Precision placement of copied group?
PostPosted: 16 Sep 2017, 00:43 
Offline

Joined: 16 Sep 2017, 00:34
Posts: 1
I want to replicate the relative placement of 10 components 12 times on the same board.

Intuition says I should be able to lay out the relative placement around the origin; then group; then copy; then be able to set the x&y of the group centre point.

Every time I try, I epically fail. Is it me? It seems impossible to believe this is not supported. If it isn't supported, I would happily contribute to a crowd source to get it done.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Precision placement of copied group?
PostPosted: 18 Sep 2017, 07:08 
Offline
Technical Support

Joined: 14 Jun 2010, 06:43
Posts: 2760
There is no way to specify group origin in DipTrace.
You can try "Edit->Copy Matrix" to multiply existing components and place copies with controlled X/Y offset.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Precision placement of copied group?
PostPosted: 19 Sep 2017, 19:40 
Offline
Expert
User avatar

Joined: 22 Aug 2011, 05:29
Posts: 98
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Alternatively you can group the components together with a shape placed on a mechanical layer, you can use corner/point of that shape a fiducial/reference point when dragging stuff around.

_________________
My rhombicosidodecahedron is bigger than yours.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Precision placement of copied group?
PostPosted: 19 Sep 2017, 22:34 
Offline

Joined: 18 Dec 2015, 15:35
Posts: 160
VEC7OR wrote:
Alternatively you can group the components together with a shape placed on a mechanical layer, you can use corner/point of that shape a fiducial/reference point when dragging stuff around.


That was one of the real awakenings when I discovered how to use the point/comments dimensioning tool see
viewtopic.php?f=24&t=11808

I drew the board outline and placed the holes using TurboCAD, it has mature 2D drafting tools to make complex PCB outlines with radius corners and complicated hole placement in minutes. Once imported I used the point/comments dimensioning tool to mark the two locator holes for the connectors and when I placed the connectors I used the point/comments dimensioning tool on the pin in the connectors I needed to line up, set my grid and used the arrow keys to nudge the connectors into place, a few seconds later I was done.
As far as better 2D tools go, maybe after color schematics, better routing/placement, better line layout in schematics. FreeCAD works fine for complex PCB board drafting ...


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 11 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group