PCB123 Newsletter – August 2015
PCB123® NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2015
Welcome to the August 2015 edition of the PCB123 newsletter! The odometer on my car is about to turn 200,000 miles. Really. That’s a lot of miles; a lot of spinning for the ones and tens digits on the odometer, that’s for sure. And that got me to thinking about design spins. One of the reasons PCB123 was designed with a unified database for both schematic and layout is to give the user the power and control when the design file is iterating rapidly mid-design… just like those digits on the far right of my odometer. This issue looks at tips, tricks and methods for effectively revising your design file mid-design.
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Suppose you have your layout done and you realize you forgot to make the design edits your team came up with last week? This month, Sal Hernandez has a number of simple but helpful topics to share with you that will help.
- How do I modify the solder mask layer?
- Can I add information to the silkscreen layer?
- Is it possible to change the board configuration once I start the layout?
- How to change your reference designator
- How to change net assignment or merge nets
Several tips like this can be found in the Sunstone forum. We encourage you to visit and participate in our user forum today.
As always, we hope you find this information useful. We always appreciate suggestions from readers on topics to cover here. Don’t hesitate to send us suggestions.
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