I have 2 boards that I want to combine into a single board using modules. The boards do have very similarly named nets and symbols. After reading through some of the documentation I try the following steps:
1) Go to each of the 2 seperate boards and create a module with "Tools > Create Module". I select, by window, the outline of the board with the find menu "All On" and Global Visibitily enabled
2) Save module in modulepath
3) Go to the empty board and choose "Place > Manually"
4) Add check box next under "Advanced Settings (tab) > List construction > Library" in the "Place > Manually" window
5) Go to "Placement List (tab) > Module definition" and simply place the module, as done with a standard symbol
The issue is that I can see the board outline imported but there is nothing else imported, i.e. symbols, shapes, vias, clines, etc. What am I doing wrong? Are there some hidden settings for the "Tools > Create Module" command that I am unaware of?
Thanks for any help,
It doesn't quite work like that. For the bard you wish to combine the two module files in you need to ensure that it has a netlist that contains BOTH designs in combined.
You also now can use the Place Replicate options to create an re-use the modules between designs but the key here is that is takes the detail from the netlist. Take a look at:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvx3fTOGYXw
In reply to steve:
The problem is the reference designators are almost identical on the two designs. Usaully we for each design we add a "_1" or "_2" to the end of the reference designtors for say design 1 and design 2, respectively. I think this is messy and requires quite a bit of manual work.
The place replicate option seemed to work well if I just select the entire design and import it into a blank brd file. That way there isn't really a netlist required? The assembly layer gets updated with the name of the module as a preface.