[sdiy] PCB Layout Software?

ChristianH chris at chrismusic.de
Wed Sep 11 17:53:34 CEST 2013

On Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:23:05 +0200 Ingo Debus <igg.debus at t-online.de> wrote:

> Am 11.09.2013 um 12:12 schrieb rsdio at sounds.wa.com:
> > d) You need to run a ULP script to generate 3D models, but the folks at Dangerous Prototypes are doing 3D models for all of their Eagle projects, making it look rather easy.
> 3D objects are created with lines on special layers that surround parts of objects. The line width defines the height of that part, so these parts have to be of uniform height. Also, it is not possible to create parts with some space between them and the circuit board (like an angled pin connector for instance).
> Yes, it's quite a hack :-)
> > I still use Eagle 5, so I'm not sure whether to recommend Eagle 6.
> With Eagle 6 the file format was changed to XML. Since these are text files, it is possible to use SubVersion for instance to keep track of component libraries that are used by a team of several people.

Wow, I didn't know that. So, it should be possible to write a differ. 
If *they* didn't already, that is...
Time to upgrade.

> There's one very nice feature in newer versions (I don't know since when): Variants. Of course its main purpose is to maintain several variants of one circuit board, but it's still useful if there is only one variant. With one simple menu you can show or hide all these components which will never be populated on the board (like the little caps that are there just in case the thing starts to oscillate). While hidden on the board, in the schematic they are still there, but they are crossed out. I like that feature a lot.

Sounds like what us software geeks call #ifdef, nice too :-)


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