Parent page: PCB Objects
An embedded board array is a primitive design object. It allows you to create a PCB panel (representing the physical board from which the PCB is to be manufactured) as part of your PCB design project. This is also known as panelization. You can use this panel to hold an array of PCBs by using the embedded board array command. This command links the panel to the original PCB design files, stepping it out the specified number of times. You cannot edit the PCBs directly from the board array, only through their original files.
Multiple embedded board arrays can be placed and each can reference a different PCB file. By spacing out the boards in each array and then overlaying, rotating, and flipping the different embedded arrays, any panelization arrangement can be created. This can be used to reduce manufacturing costs by maximizing the number of PCBs per panel of PCB material.
Embedded Board Arrays are available for placement in the PCB Editor in one of the following ways:
Additional actions that can be performed during placement while the embedded board array is still floating on the cursor ;and before the embedded board array is anchored are:
This method of editing allows you to select a placed embedded board array object directly in the workspace and change its location or orientation graphically.
When an embedded board array object is selected, it is distinguished by light gray background. The below images illustrate an un-referenced board array (first image) and a 2 x 2 array that references a single PCB design (second image).
Click anywhere within the boundary of the array then drag to reposition it. The array is automatically 'grabbed' by its lower-left corner and the board array's location is used as the anchor point to the cursor. The embedded board array can be rotated or flipped while dragging in the following ways:
The following methods of non-graphical editing are available:
Properties page: Embedded Board Array Properties
This method of editing uses the associated Properties panel mode to modify the properties of an embedded board array object.
During placement, the panel can be accessed by pressing the Tab key.
To access the properties of a placed embedded board array:
The Properties panel supports editing multiple objects, where the property settings that are identical in all currently selected objects may be modified. When multiples of the same object type are selected manually, via the Find Similar Objects dialog or through a Filter or List panel, a Properties panel field entry that is not shown as an asterisk (
*) may be edited for all selected objects.
Panel page: PCB List
The PCB List panel allows you to display design objects from one or more documents in tabular format, enabling quick inspection and modification of object attributes. Used in conjunction with appropriate filtering, it enables the display of just those objects falling under the scope of the active filter – allowing you to target and edit multiple design objects with greater accuracy and efficiency.
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