PCB123 Newsletter – October 2015


PCB123® Newsletter

It’s the October/Autumn seasonal lament from PCB layout folks who’re behind schedule … “I really need to get this component on the board design before it turns into a pumpkin!” In keeping with that theme, in this newsletter we explore advanced techniques for round components, working with arcs in your design, and hiding distracting schematic pin information by making it invisible. Check out our highlighted techniques, we’re sure they won’t seem so scary afterward. And have a great Autumn Season!

Nolan Johnson CAD/EDA Manager


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This month, Sal Hernandez has a number of simple but helpful topics to share with you. Take a look and see what’s in the spotlight!

Creating a Footprint with a Round Pin Array

How to make a round PCB with (one) flat side

Placing and Editing ports

How do I make schematic symbol pin labels invisible?

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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