Parent page: Draftsman Objects
A Draftsman Board Fabrication View is an automated graphic composite of the PCB project's unpopulated (bare) board, as viewed from the Top or Bottom. The drawing data is sourced from a specified physical board layer, and polygon copper fills can be displayed as solid, hatched or as simple outlines. Its drawing representation and data sources are all configurable in the Properties panel.
Board Fabrication Views are available for placement in a PCB project Draftsman document from the Draftsman Editor as follows:
After launching the command, drawing data is retrieved from the source PCB file, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and the rendered Fabrication View is attached to the cursor. Move the cursor to the desired position then click to confirm the placement.
Both the position and size of placed Board Fabrication View can be graphically modified.
A selected Board Fabrication View will show a node handle at the top right of the selection outline, which can be dragged to a new location to modify the view's size. To move a Board Fabrication View, drag and drop it to a new location.
Properties page: Board Fabrication View Properties
The non-graphical method of editing a Board Fabrication View is available in the Draftsman Properties panel, which provides a comprehensive range of editable properties, options and design content settings for placed Draftsman views.
To open the Properties panel and access the properties of a placed Board Fabrication View:
If the Properties panel is already active, click on the Board Fabrication View object to access its properties in the panel.
The Properties panel supports multiple object editing, where the property settings that are identical in all currently selected objects can be modified.