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Creating a PCB sketch that CircuitWorks recognizes

Question asked by John Heimlich on Sep 23, 2013


I'm trying to talk our mechanical engineer into using IDF and CircuitWorks for PCBs. (He currently uses DXFs)

I know how to create board outlines with holes but how do you assign the correct feature mapping so that CircuitWorks knows what each entity is?

I think I remember seeing someone using "cosmetic layers" to show the outline, keep-outs, height obstructs, etc. but I've also heard of "feature mapping".

What is the proper way to do this so that the process is as automated as possible?


Thanks in advance for any help.