Moveable inspection dots in Pads Layout

Discussion created by tomf on Aug 24, 2012
Latest reply on Aug 24, 2012 by jduquette

I noticed the latest Support Net offered how to place an inspection dot in a decal.  All that really does is put a copper filled circle in the decal that you have to enter decal editor to move anywhere. Is anyone interested in having inspection dots that act just like reference designators?  You can move them in the silkscreen, they flip to top and bottom with the part, they highlight the part they are associated with, and you can align them along a string of parts if you want to.  I came up with this a few years ago and love it.  It saves a TON of time adjusting the silks.


To create the original attribute:
1. Edit a decal in the decal editor.
2.  Go to setup>Display Colors.
3.  Select a visible color for Attributes on top silkscreen.
4.  Under Edit select Attribute Manager
5.  Select Add.
6.  Add attribute "Insp.Dot"
7.  Click on Value,
8.  Click edit
9. Add value "." (a period)
10.  Close Attribute Manager.

Attribute now exists in Attribute List so you can add into other decals:

1.  Select decal.
2.  Right click, select Edit Decal
3.  Select a visible color for Attributes on top silkscreen.
4.  Select drafting toolbar.
5.  Select Add New Label
6.  Under Attribute, scroll down list to and click on it.
7.  Change settings:  Show=Value; Layer=Silkscreen Primary; Size=20 mils (.508mm); line width=20 mils (.508mm) Set justification to taste, but Center on both seems to align the best.
8.  Click OK.
9. Place attribute next to Pin 1.
10.  Save decal and exit editor.

When adjusting silkscreens the inspection dot (actually nothing more than a giant period; i.e., text!) will act exactly like a reference designator with no additional buttons or actions to take.  Simply move it where you want it.  You can even align them like reference designators if you want to.


Please email me if you have problems with it.  It really works rather neatly.