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by mbelectronicdesign
13 May 2020, 08:16
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Add Pads to inner layers
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Add Pads to inner layers

A client is asking for changes to my 10 layer design to allow back drilling to effect lower cost of manufacturing. There are 4 x layer 1-3 vias and 4 x layer 3-10 vias. Because there are so few blind vias, the PCB manufacturer is proposing to cheapen the cost of production by making the blind vias a...
by mbelectronicdesign
08 May 2020, 11:28
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Export N/C Drill files for Blind Vias - Odd behavior
Replies: 1
Views: 480

Export N/C Drill files for Blind Vias - Odd behavior

Vn 3.3.1.3 It's a 10 layer design and, apart from 1,000s of through-plated vias, there are plated blind vias that go 1-3 and 3-10. When I File > Export > N/C Drill and select plated holes, I get the via files I expected for the blind vias but, when I select non-plated holes I get the normal non plat...
by mbelectronicdesign
23 Apr 2020, 13:51
Forum: PCB Manufacturing Questions
Topic: Gerber X2 vs Old Gerber Outputs
Replies: 0
Views: 894

Gerber X2 vs Old Gerber Outputs

I've exported many boards to Gerber format and I've had to include the plated and non-plated hole files as an additional step then add those drill files into the zip file I send to the board house.

If I export as Gerber X2, do I need to also export the drill files like before?

Thanks in advance.
by mbelectronicdesign
23 Apr 2020, 10:31
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Single schematic, multiple PCB layouts
Replies: 4
Views: 884

Re: Single schematic, multiple PCB layouts

Wow! That works as you described it. One detail nit pick is that step 6 should be... 6. select everything, right click and select Group (or press Ctrl + G) It was also VERY useful to select (in my case) 1 column and 9 rows with 0 mm column shift and 26 mm row shift because, in my PCB, I'd done 1 lay...
by mbelectronicdesign
04 Apr 2020, 07:07
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Single schematic, multiple PCB layouts
Replies: 4
Views: 884

Re: Single schematic, multiple PCB layouts

@fi2eewill
Thanks, I will try that out and report back
by mbelectronicdesign
02 Apr 2020, 09:03
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Single schematic, multiple PCB layouts
Replies: 4
Views: 884

Single schematic, multiple PCB layouts

I have a client who wants me to take a single (simple 3 Op Amp) schematic and lay it out in 9 different ways on the same PCB for manufacture and evaluation purposes - mainly testing to get rid of a crosstalk issue. I could copy the design sheet 8 times but is there any way to either: 1. Put multiple...
by mbelectronicdesign
17 Jan 2019, 10:19
Forum: PCB Manufacturing Questions
Topic: Vias in SMD pads
Replies: 8
Views: 11289

Re: Vias in SMD pads

Phil, Get yourself a good stereo microscope and buy kits for 0603 resistors and capacitors, they are easy to work with under the microscope. The PCBs get much smaller and cheaper. I use all SMT if possible and SOT23, SSOP, or SOIC devices (ones with 'legs'). For capped / plugged via in pad, how do y...
by mbelectronicdesign
13 Nov 2017, 12:11
Forum: DipTrace News and Events
Topic: DipTrace 3.2 release
Replies: 25
Views: 22221

Re: DipTrace 3.2 release

Thanks, I installed the 64 bit version on the 4k laptop and the icons are tiny! I'm after the basic concept of the rules for solder mask swell. I have some components in the libraries I made, especially for the tiny footprints, that I customized the solder swell because the default seems to be to ta...
by mbelectronicdesign
12 Nov 2017, 08:28
Forum: Making Libraries in DipTrace
Topic: Copper Between Pads
Replies: 1
Views: 1283

Copper Between Pads

I have a project that uses a 4 AHr battery that supplies power along tracks across my PCB and I designed a simple fuse (which is just an 0603 resistor with a thin copper trace between the 2 pads) in case the end of the track gets shorted to ground; if that happened, the fuse should blow first (thinn...
by mbelectronicdesign
12 Nov 2017, 08:15
Forum: DipTrace News and Events
Topic: DipTrace 3.2 release
Replies: 25
Views: 22221

Re: DipTrace 3.2 release

Great job on the update guys :D Does 3.2 fix the display issues of tiny icons when using 4k displays? Right now you still got me using the 32-bit version of Diptrace to get around this issue on my Dell XPS-15 9550 laptop with 4k display. Also, can you please point me to a description of how the chan...