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The Allegro PCB Editor Place Replicate application now supports the processing of component reference designators. The work performed in customizing assembly text or silkscreen to the seed circuit can now be leveraged across the replicated modules.Read on for more details…
In the image below there are two modules. The one on the left (U14, U15 and the associated capacitors) has the text moved to locations which were determined to be appropriate. The module on the right would need to be updated to reflect the same text placement:
Once you have customized the text locations, use the Place Replicate 'Refresh' application to update the second circuit. The steps are:1. Set the 'Super Filter' to 'Module'2. Hover over the seed circuit then RMB — Place replicate — Update. Select/unselect additional etch as needed.3. RMB — Done. This will launch the file browser UI in which you can select the module you would like to refresh. Selecting the module and performing a save will update the module on disk and update the module(s) in the design.
As always, I look forward to your comments about this new capability.Jerry “GenPart” Grzenia
With the 16.6 release, place replicate apply will apply refdes information (text size and
justification, offset and rotation relative to the symbol) from the place replicate
template module to the refdes text on the corresponding subclasses in the placed symbol instances.
We need the ability to place the replicated silk without moving the symbols.It would be nice to select only the silk for replication.
I'm sure our R&D and Product Engineering teams appreciate this feedback.
The Placement Replication features continue to get better since 16.3 and have saved my team and I a lot of time. I hope everyone is taking advantage of this feature, especially considering how easy and yet versatile it is to use!