Welcome to the CADSTARguys Blog - Information, hints, tips and my waffle on the CADSTAR Printed Circuit Board design suite.

Please note that all names used are completely fictitious and any thing written is my own personal opinion or knowledge and not related in any way to either my employers or their customers (or Zuken).
Also this is not a replacement for proper Maintenence/support and you should read the help files before asking anything techy:).

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

CADSTAR Touch - Have you been touched by the app yet?

Introducing the new whizzbang application that all engineers that still have their own teeth must get, yes you guessed it - a CADSTAR app for the ithingy or Android devices.
OK so what does it do and how do you use it?

Monday, 15 July 2013

Should my Inner layers be Powerplane or Electrical?

How the inner layers are defined is often a cause for confusion amongst new users of CADSTAR when it comes to power planes.

Why is this so?

Monday, 1 July 2013

Adding file paths into an part entry hyperlink field.

Generally when creating a part and I am adding a hyperlink to a datasheet, I want to add the full path including file name into my parts library.
However typing it manually is very likely to result in a typo, copying it in Windows Explorer only copies the path.

So what I do is.....

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Component with multiple pads/same connection.

I was recently asked how to make a component footprint for the inductor here and this applies to any component with a similar component footprint.

It is an inductor where the datasheet asks for 2 long pads but with only the ends of the pads being exposed for soldering to.
The question was - How to do this ?

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Drill drawings for multilayer designs with blind/buried vias.

Many designers still produce drill drawings along with their Gerber files as Manufacturing Notes for various reasons and this is a how to for multi layer boards.
When you are designing a multi layer board that includes blind/buried vias you may want to provide a drill drawing per layer pair, to provide all the layer pairs on one drawing can confuse and enable mistakes to be made, let me explain how this can be done.