2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 10, 2015 10:11 AM by Vern_Wnek

    Expedition - Ref Des' of both silkscreen layer and assembly layer

    kenneth.aquino

      I usually change the size of the silkscreen reference designators (ref des) and move rotate and/or move them around on that layer.  My question is: "Is there any way that the assembly layer ref des' corresponding to the silkscreen ref des's that I had changed automatically follow the silkscreen ref des' ?"  For example, I change the silikscreen ref des height to, I don't know, say 20.  How can I get the assembly layer ref des height to automatically 20 also?  Or if I rotate a silkscreen ref des, how can I get the assembly layer ref des to automatically rotate too?

        • 1. Re: Expedition - Ref Des' of both silkscreen layer and assembly layer
          sajivnglnice

          Hi,

           

          I think this is possible by means of scripting. But i am sure there is no direct methods available to do this.

          And me too not expert in scripting.

           

          Regards,

          Sajiv.

          • 2. Re: Expedition - Ref Des' of both silkscreen layer and assembly layer
            Vern_Wnek

            Kenneth

             

            I am unsure what is the purpose of your use case, but here is some suggestions.

             

            (See Attache Picture) Assembly Top Layer shown with Pads.

             

            I always build my Assembly Ref Des to be the correct size, Centroid located, within the Assembly Outline of the components. Thus not requiring re-sizing. These ref des texts do not need to match the Silkscreen in size or location, as they are typically only for use on Assembly Drawings and just need to be legible.

             

            Also, utilize the Ref Des and Part Number Rotations dialog in Editor Control to maintain proper text rotations as you rotate components. It will save a ton of work and time by not having to always rotate text. All you do is select Silkscreen text and move it to a location that is not on copper pads and visible when assembled.

             

            If you do need to change sizes of text, they can all be selected at once, Assembly and Silk, and changed through the Properties dialog.

             

            AssyTopText.png

             

            Thanks,

            Vern