Just a new user of Orcad PCB Editor v16.3
As usual I went first through the Users Guide available, trying to lear ow to create PCB footprints.
Everything was fine up to the "add pin" command.
I correctly create a new drawing, and I want to add a new pin to the footprint, by choosing Layout->Pins
According to the documantation, at this point in time, a new window shoud come up, where I can make various selections. However, no windo pops up in my case, and if I click anywhere on the worksurfae, I get the following mesage in the Command window:
E- (SPMHAP-2): No padstack specified.
Any ideas what am I doing wring?
No window pops up. It's the "options" tab where you make the padstack selection.
I am using version 16.0 and I have exactly the same problem. I am following the design example given in "Complete PCB Design Using OrCAD Capture and PCB Editor" book. Any help or pointers with this problem would be very useful.
With screenshots showing the options tab popping out
And after hovering over the "options" tab on the right
In reply to redwire:
In the Options tab there is a radio button for "Connect" and "Mechanical" for the respective pin type. Ensure that the correct radio button is selected.Type the name of the padstack in the fillin to the right of "Padstack" or use the browse functionality of the box to the right of the fillin.A pin, using the padstack you selected, will be placed on your cursor.You can either digitize a selection in the editing canvas or type a location to place the pin e.g x -50 50 (this will place the pin at -50 x and 50 y)Repeat as needed or use the X Y qty,order, spacing capabilities to add a row of pins
Thanks a lot folks, that was really useful.
In reply to bramha:
Yes guys, I can second that! Thank you for the help!
In reply to Rik Lee:
Rik LeeIn the Options tab there is a radio button for "Connect" and "Mechanical" for the respective pin type.
In the Options tab there is a radio button for "Connect" and "Mechanical" for the respective pin type.
For newbies there is a significant difference you need to be aware of: Connect requires that the pin number be in the schematic symbol! You can name the pin "number" anything such as A, B, C, TAB, ORANGE, CATH, etc... or numeric 1,2,3 but it had better match in the schematic.
All connect pins need to be plated (SMT or thru hole)
All mechanicals do NOT have a pin number in the schematic or in the part. In fact a connect pin can be easily reverted to mechanical by deleting just the pin number.
And lastly, mechanicals can be plated or non-plated, SMT or through-hole.
Hope that helps.
Thanks I was having the same misunderstanding. According to the documentation it looks like a window should pop up when you select Layout-Pins.
In reply to Whoviac: