PCB Model

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The PCB Model dialog.


This dialog allows the designer to search for and assign a new PCB model to a schematic symbol. Pin mapping between schematic symbols and PCB models can also be manually edited.


In the Properties for Schematic Component dialog, click the Add button in the Models region of the dialog, which will open the Add New Model dialog. Select Footprint from the drop-down list, then click OK.


Footprint Model

  • Name - Displays the name of the footprint.
  • Browse - Click to open the Browse Libraries dialog, which allows designers to search for target footprint.
  • Pin Map - Click to open the Model Map dialog, which allows designers to map pins between the schematic symbol and the PCB footprint.
  • Description - Add a meaningful description for the footprint.

PCB Library

  • Any - Enable this option to search for the target footprint in all currently available libraries.
  • Library Name - Enable this option to search for the target footprint in the named library. Enter the library name directly in the text field.
  • Library path - Enable this option to search for target footprints in the named library, in the specified location. Click the Choose button to select a path+library name.
  • Use footprint from component library - This option becomes enabled when the component is placed from a compiled library, such as an integrated library, or from a Vault. If necessary, it can be overridden for a placed component, allowing a different source PCB Library to be selected.

Selected Footprint

Displays the preview of the target footprint. Click the icon in the lower left of the preview to swap between 2D and 3D modes. The display area will be blank if the footprint cannot be located in the specified PCB Library.


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