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Associated copper (pads) interferes with proper thermal generation.

Question asked by dmeeks on Oct 21, 2012
Latest reply on Oct 22, 2012 by Mentor_JanetD

I have noticed that sometimes, when I generate a copper pour, thermals are not created at all. I believe this is happening on pads that were created with "associated" copper.

These are footprints that I have created, so maybe I am doing something wrong in the footprint editor?

When the part needs a complicated or odd shaped copper pad, I generate a "normal" round or rectangular "pin", then I draw the proper pad shape in copper, and associate that copper with the pin. Is there something else I need to do, in order to make copper pours connect thermals to that pad when I use it in the layout?

Right now, my only solution seems to be to manually place copper shapes or lines on the board to make those connections, which is tedious and of course prone to error.

Thank you -