I am trying to use the place-replicate feature to create some fairly complex multi-symbol modules with precise placement and routing on a multi-layer board. I want to include a set of route keep-out areas on inner plane layers to void the planes underneath sensitive pins and signal routes. I have created the master module and updated it to try and include the keep-outs, but it apparently doesn't work. When I select and move the module to a different location, the keep-out areas stay put where they were.
Any ideas how to accomplish this? Otherwise I'm looking at many hours of tedious drawing!
I'm running PCB 16.6 (Hotfix 043, before I let my maintenance lapse).
Thanks in advance,
Route Keepout shapes don't appear to be supported within Place Replicate modules so if you come back into maintenance you could raise an enhancement request with Cadence / Channel Partner. What might work is if you include the Keepout shape as part of the footprint (symbol) then it should be included (although I haven't tried this).
In reply to steve:
Thank you Steve,
Yes, apparently the Place Replicate Module functionality only accepts or includes items in Etch Class.
I can't easily include the keep-out shapes in the footprint as they extend beyond a single component and include several chips (R/C) nearby. Perhaps I can create a multi-layer reuse module of some sort than can be more easily copied/duplicated and aligned with the Place Replicate Modules afterwards, but still a painfully slow manual process.
In reply to Roger BFS:
Once you have the modules in place (you'll hopefully know the x / y spacing between them so just use the Copy command. In the Options pane there is a Rectangular copy mode option that will allow you to copy items to several locations based on x / y co-ordinates. You can also use the RMB - Snap Pick to - Object type if they aren't on even pitches.