Tech-Tip: Checking Data Outside the Board

Board design rule checks only check up to the board outline.  If you had dropped or moved some data outside the board outline there was no check for this until now.  Checking for data outside the board area can now be done using the [Data outside Board] tool in Design Force 2020.

On the ribbon, click [Utility] – [Information] – Board Information [Board Information].

The [Board Information] dialog is displayed.

Check [Data outside Board] on the [Board Information] dialog and click [Browse]; the following information is displayed.

Figure layers and coordinates outside board outline

Only the figures separated from the board outline can be detected by specifying [Offset value] using the [Advanced] button.

The target objects are as follows:

  • Line
  • Area fill
  • Meshplane
  • Area
  • Character
  • Component symbol
  • Pad
  • Padstack
  • Round hole
  • Slot Hole
  • Rectangular Hole
  • Rule area
  • Remarks

Only visible layers are targeted for detection.

The drawing layers are not targeted for detection.

Brian Gilman
Brian Gilman
Applications Engineer
Brian Gilman is an applications engineer, supporting customers with CR-8000/CR-5000 training and consulting. He works directly with the customers on a daily basis helping them work through the technical challenges they face. He loves to ski and must be on the first chairlift in the morning to lay down the first tracks on fresh powder.