3 Replies Latest reply on Dec 6, 2011 7:45 AM by jduquette

    2D line to trace conversion

    vidyadhar.gouda

      Hi Friends

      i have done a layout in another pcb layout software and exported it into DXF file.

      then, imported the DXF file into PADS but the routes/traces became 2D lines..

       

      is there a way to change the Properties of those 2D lines into Route/Trace in PADS 2009?

        • 1. Re: 2D line to trace conversion
          jmatthews

          What software was the original layout done in?

           

          There is a way to change lines into traces, but (I think) you have to go through an intermediate step using AutoCAD or equivalent software.

           

          Look in the help for how to map layers in DXF:

           

          file:///C:/MentorGraphics/9.3.1PADS/docs/htmldocs/mgchelp.htm#context=padslayout_concepts&id=17&tab=0

           

          One handy-dandy way is to export a board set up the same way you want to import stuff, to see how the layer names are handled.

          • 2. Re: 2D line to trace conversion
            Mentor_JanetD

            In order to have a "real" trace in Layout you need to have a net connection between two terminals (pins) in a PCB Decal.  These pin pairs form the basis of connectivity in Layout.  Since 2D lines do not have that net connectivity they cannot be changed into traces.  You can use the DXF file as a template.  Import the DXF file,  then add the correct PCB Decals and net connections then trace over the 2D lines with actual traces.

            • 3. Re: 2D line to trace conversion
              jduquette

              Or you might be able to cheat and convert your 2D-line to a copper shape.