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Offline ulmus

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ADD/connect/bound free pcb string to component?
« on: June 30, 2022, 08:38:34 am »
Hi!
Is there any possibility to connect pcb string object to the component?
I want to have variant assembly drawing with or without that string (depending on variant).
I have project from someone uknown :) and i have to make some changes
I have lots of string values on some layer, but those values are not in footprints, so....
If i could add some of those free strings to proper components somehow then i could get assembly drawing with variants...
Or maybe i can somehow 'connect/make depend' some free pcb string to the variant?
I dont want to make changes in libraries and footprints cause it is one-time-quick change...
So... any ideas?

Thanks! :)
 

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Re: ADD/connect/bound free pcb string to component?
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2022, 06:09:39 pm »
You can unlock component primitives, place an object, select it, and add it to a component (Tools/Convert/Add Selected...).  Basically editing the footprint in situ.  Remember not to update from libraries, which will revert such changes.

You can also use a Union, to stick together objects, in a more limited way than a footprint.  You won't get parent strings though, of course.

You can enter variant-specific parameters on the Variant Management dialog, though you can't also use component-specific parameters, if that's what you're thinking (i.e. some expression involving both -- other than trivial substitution i.e. '.Designator in variant .VariantName' or whatever).

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Offline ulmus

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Re: ADD/connect/bound free pcb string to component?
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2022, 05:31:43 am »
Tools/Convert/Add selected...
how could I not notice that!
Thanx!
 

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Re: ADD/connect/bound free pcb string to component?
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2022, 12:09:26 pm »
Perhaps you could arrange that the variant without the string actually results in an empty string (or a space). Then you don't need to attach it to anything and no chance of library updates removing it.
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