Can I do identical placements of component groups?

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Can I do identical placements of component groups?

#1 Post by microguy » 12 Oct 2021, 15:55

I'm laying out a 7-segment LED display board using 7 identical physical groupings of LEDs. I'd like to do a manual component placement for the first group and then apply it to the remaining 6 groupings of LEDs. All the LEDs have consecutive identifiers within each grouping i.e. D1-D28 for first group, D29-D56 for the second, etc.

What is the easiest way to accomplish this?

Thanks!
Chris

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Re: Can I do identical placements of component groups?

#2 Post by Alex » 13 Oct 2021, 05:20

Yes, you can do, use hierarchy. In Schematic, create hierarchical sheet with one group, place 7 hierarchical blocks on main sheet. When you convert schematic to PCB, place and route components of one group, then use "Route -> Hierarchy" to copy placement and routing to other groups.

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Re: Can I do identical placements of component groups?

#3 Post by microguy » 13 Oct 2021, 10:38

That is brilliant, Alex, thanks. I'll get started on it right away.

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