Altium NEXUS Documentation

ToolsVect2Out

Created: June 11, 2016 | Updated: April 11, 2017

Parent page: CAMtastic Commands

The following pre-packaged resource, derived from this base command, is available:


Applied Parameters: None

Summary

This command is used to create outlined boundaries from selected objects in the current document.

Access

This command can be accessed from the CAMtastic Editor by:

  • Choosing the Analysis » Generate Outlines command from the main menus.
  • Clicking the  button, on the Fabrication Tools drop-down () of the Utilities toolbar.

Use

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a small square and you will be prompted to select objects that you wish to generate outlines from. Simply position the cursor over individual objects and click to add them to the selection, or use one of the many selection tools available. After all objects are selected, right-click. The Vector to Outline dialog appears.

The top half of the dialog allows you to choose the style of outline that is created - either segmented, squared edges, or rounded edges.

You can choose to have the outline objects placed on the same layer, a new layer, or one of the existing layers. The Delete Old Objects option gives you the choice of keeping the original objects for comparison purposes.

Select the Dcode that you wish to use for drawing the outlines. You can choose one of the existing Dcodes defined in the current document, or use Polygon, or the default 0.005in (0.127mm) shape.

After setting the options as required, click OK to generate the outlines.

Tips

  1. If a document is viewed in outline mode (turning Fill mode OFF), all objects appear to have the same thickness of line, irrespective of how they appeared previously.
  2. The Dcode width information is only seen when in Fill mode. By generating outlines, this Dcode width information is used, and so lines drawn with different apertures will still be seen to be different when in outline mode.

 

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