It is that time of year again, it’s the spooky season. This means the leaves are changing, for some of us. The smell of autumn and pumpkin spice is in the air. Halloween decorations are out and ready for trick-or-treaters. Also, this year’s Zuken Halloween Tips and Treats are here! This year we have five new hauntingly good Halloween tips and treats for you. No spells or potions are required. However, viewers beware these tech-tip videos are full of surprises. Happy Halloween!
Many Designers are always asking Zuken how they can create their own user commands that will appear in the Tool List when doing a Right Mouse Button Click on a design under settings in the Engineering Desktop. User commands can be created and listed. This can be accomplished with minimal effort. It will be the designer’s responsibility to create a script that will be listed on the tool list.
In CR-8000 Engineering Desktop, we have a function call “CR-8000 Combo Command”. What is the “CR-8000 Combo Command”? This command allows a user to create and put in multiple CR-8000 tool commands together, and continuously execute multiple processes. We have a dialog to create the process how the user likes to run it.
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...
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Checking the pinout of your connectors is an important part of creating your printed circuit board. Checking your pin connections can save you from a costly re-spin of your circuit board. This can be done using the Constraint Browser in Design Force. By default, the Constraint Browser does not show this information.
A function that pushes tracks away and avoids obstacles when a via is moved has been added. This is a great advantage for the designer when routing. What use to take a lot of time to move traces and vias to move a via to a new location has been greatly enhanced using the “Activ-45 Router”.
When your design is nearing completion and you want to make sure the schematic matches what you have in your board try using the Design Gateway, Design Synchronization Tool.
This video is a demonstration of how to import a wire to-from list in harness builder. This feature allows the user to define connection information such as signals, the to/from devices, cavity information, and the wires/cables in Excel to import into an E3.series project.
When creating symbols for our library components many of these symbols require a similar set of text types. It can be tedious to add each of those text types to every new symbol. Using a General Template Symbol that contains all the text types you want, makes this task a breeze.
This brief video shows you how exporting search results to a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file works. A repeated support call topic is how to export a long list of search results, so we will cover that one, too.
Tech-Tip: Exporting Multiple Unplaced Groups
Electronic components are constantly changing, causing parts to go EOL (End-of-Life) for various reasons: companies go out of business, component product lines change hands, old technology is updated with new. Electronic product manufacturers must be agile to keep their product BOMs (bill of materials) up to date and keep their supply chain humming. Fortunately for them, Zuken’s DS-CR customers leverage component and design data relationships to tackle the problem.
The Designer can compare two designs to see the differences between the two. This can be useful if minor changes or major changes have been made to an existing design or one received from another facility.
In this Tech Tip, I describe the steps to import 2D DXF drawings provided by a connector manufacturer into E3.series Database Editor for use as a connector symbol’s graphic, as well as how to scale and orient the imported graphic so it can properly represent the connector.
When design space is at a premium, sometimes traces can be at risk of being exposed by any misregistration of the solder mask. If you have this situation use the “Cut Land” option under the Track tab in Design Force.