Author Topic: Footprints - How to link multiple pads to a single designator in schematic  (Read 4045 times)

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Offline garrettbrainardTopic starter

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Hello, I'm working with Circuitstudio, my biggest limitation thus far has been I can't seem to find a way to make a "generic" footprint that I can use for multiple parts. The problem is that I can't figure out how to map multiple pins to the same designator without just renaming them that designator in the  PCB design. For example if a chip has multiple pins to ground, I can't just list the pins i.e. 1,4, 7 in the pin mapping in the schematic library. It seems Circuitmaker operates on a 1:1 Designator to Designator workflow, meaning that if I have multiple parts using the same QFN-16 chip, I would have to make a footprint instance for every part due to the fact multiple GNDs and VCCs exist.

That being said, I am extremely knew to the Circuitmaker "ahem Altium" workflow and would appriciate ANY help figuring out these design flow quarks of the program.  |O

Offline Harvs

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There is a way of doing it, the same as with Altium Designer (and from memory in one of the Altium Designer tutorials from Altium online they show it.)

However, there's a good video from Fedevel on why not to.

Edit: It's quite possible I've misunderstood what you're trying to do.

I have many components with the same footprint, but different schematic symbol.  But you're trying to do something else right?
« Last Edit: March 27, 2017, 11:06:48 pm by Harvs »

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