This learning path supports designers using the PADS Standard Plus Layout tool in a Netlist flow in VX2. It teaches all areas of PCB design using PADS Layout.
Take the following chapters to learn valuable information about Layout Netlist Flow (VX2)
Learn how to pan and zoom, issue commands and use commands to change colors and visibility, find design elements, plus change options in PADS Layout.
Using 2 D drafting commands aids in many facets of PADS Layout, including drawing Board Outlines and Keepout Areas.
The source of the Design is a schematic capture tool. Importing that design into PADS Layout builds the Logic and Local Library data for the design.
The board needs a proper layers stackup, and design layers for solder mask, silkscreen and other documentation and via definitions for changing layers.
Learn how to set up the rules for your PCB, including trace widths, clearnaces and special routing rules.
There are powerful tools to aid in placing the components to optimize locations for continued layout and routing.
Becoming skilled in the interactive routing concepts and commands is vital to successfully meeting design schedules.
Changes to routing can be made easily if you know the procedures. You can also copy traces, reroute connections, or change widths.
Vias are used for changing a trace path from one layer to another. They can also be added as stitching vias which do not connect traces.
Learn the simple but effective Automatic Routing commands. But, for high end autorouting, you need to be familiar with using the companion PADS Router tool.
Copper tools in PADS Layout allow adding coppered areas on routing layers or Split/Mixed Plan layers.
Finding design rule violations is an important task in the PCB design process to make sure the board will function and fabricate properly.
Most of the time logic changes would be driven from the schematic capture tool, but some can be done in PADS Layout and back annotated to the schematic.
When all is complete and the design is ready for prototype or production, output files are generated to drive photo plots or NC drill machines.