Applied Parameters: Mode=PRIMS_FROM_BOARDOUTLINE
This command allows you to replicate the current board outline and include any board cutouts as primitive objects (tracks and/or arcs), if you wish.
Use this command when the board shape exists but there are currently no objects along the boundary. Situations where this command can be useful include:
- You want to modify the board shape (or board cutouts) by modifying track and arc primitives first.
- You need a keepout boundary for the board or keepout boundaries for board cutouts on the Keep-Out layer.
This command is accessed from the PCB Editor when configured in 2D Layout Mode by choosing the Design » Board Shape » Create Primitives From Board Shape command from the main menus.
After launching the command, the Line/Arc Primitives From Board Shape dialog will open. Use this dialog to configure the width of the tracks/arcs, the layer onto which the primitives are placed (typically a mechanical layer), and any additional options as required. With all options defined as required, click OK to have the primitives created on the nominated layer.
- If the target layer is specified to be the Keep-Out layer, object specific keepout objects will be placed directly on the layer (keepout track and keepout arcs).
- A common approach used to cut the finished board from the fabrication panel is to mill or route the board out of the panel. Board cutouts can also be routed out. A Route Tool path is defined by placing track and/or arc objects on a mechanical layer. This can be done automatically as part of this command by enabling the Route Tool Outline option in the Line/Arc Primitives From Board Shape dialog. When this option is enabled, the track/arc objects are placed so their edges touch the edge of the board shape and the edge of a cutout.
- You can use this command to redefine the board shape using some or all of the track/arc primitives you have created. Edit the objects to the desired shape and size then use the Design » Board Shape » Define from selected objects command to define the board shape from them.