3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 7, 2019 10:02 AM by Gary_Lameris

    Part Quest into Layout without DX Designer?

    ed1

      We use Layout without any integrated schematic tools (netlist imports). Is there a way to import Layout decals into PADS from Part Quest? Everything I have found uses DXDesigner as the import tool.

        • 1. Re: Part Quest into Layout without DX Designer?
          Gary_Lameris

          If you have a modern version of PADS Layout, yes this is supported!  The short answer is... Look under the Tools Menu for Import PartQuest Parts!

           

          The longer answer...

          1.  In the PartQuest website, click your name and go to your profile

          2. select "PADS Netlist without xDX Databook" as the current flow.

          3.  Download and install the PADS integration utility

          4. Restart your web browser and PADS

          5. Download a part. I tested with P1.0KBCTR-ND, double click the .pqz file to start it's extraction.

               5a  if prompted for a path, I create or use C:\PartQuest

          6.  From PADS Layout, Tools Import PartQuest parts.  You many need to browse to C:\PartQuest\PADS_NetList 
                   (C:\PartQuest was created in the previous step)

          7. The decal or footprint will import, you will need to create a part from the decal.

           

          Gary Lameris

          • 2. Re: Part Quest into Layout without DX Designer?
            dz1

            Hi Gary,

            Where is the decal/footprint import to?

            • 3. Re: Part Quest into Layout without DX Designer?
              Gary_Lameris

              Typically C:\mentorgraphics\PADS Version\SDD_HOME\Libraries\ 

              The typical file name is PartQuest.pd9

               

              The location is specified in powerpcb.ini   For me this powerpcb.ini  is located at C:\mentorgraphics\PADSVX.2.4\SDD_HOME\Programs.