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by mbelectronicdesign
26 May 2020, 07:39
Forum: Bug reports
Topic: File blocked from changes
Replies: 5
Views: 6121

Re: File blocked from changes

I recently ran into this issue (again) with Diptrace 3.3.1.2 In Windows 10 Explorer you now have to go to View > Options> Change Folder and Search Options. Under the View tab, find and uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files' options and override the warnings as you apply and get out of that ...
by mbelectronicdesign
13 May 2020, 08:16
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Add Pads to inner layers
Replies: 1
Views: 464

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: 896

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: 1716

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: 1516

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: 1516

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: 1516

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: 12289

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: 25280

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: 1572

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...