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Board Station Comprehensive

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The Board Station suite of PCB design tools provides the most comprehensive technology available for board design. You will examine every step of the design process in lectures; including schematic packaging, component placement, interconnect routing and manufacturing data generation. Lab exercises provide you with hands-on tool usage experience under the guidance of our industry-expert instructors reinforcing the design process steps covered in the lecture. View course details ↓

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Course Highlights

You will learn how to

  • Create a board outline geometry
  • Create and edit mapping and catalog files to control packaging of logic symbols into components
  • Package a PCB design automatically and interactively
  • Setup design rules for automatic clearance checking
  • Use placement tools to automatically or interactively place components on a board
  • Use routing tools to complete route trace connections
  • Create filled or hatched copper areas, split power planes, and thieving
  • Create the data necessary to manufacture the board including: artwork, and drilling data; and fabrication and assembly drawings

Hands-On Labs

  • Adding schematic properties to control component placement in layout
  • Building a board outline geometry
  • Packaging the board design
  • Placing components on a board using various interactive and automatic techniques
  • Setting PCB design rules including rules for layers and clearances
  • Routing net connections interactively
  • Creating copper areas for power and ground planes
  • Generating artwork, drill and mill data
  • Creating fabrication and assembly drawings
  • Creating a bill of materials

Key Topics

  • Design Manager
  • Board Station RE
  • Palette Menu
  • Menu Bar
  • Pop-up Menu
  • Strokes
  • Soft Key and Command Line
  • Board Station and LMS
  • Creating a Design Directory
  • Navigating Through Directories
  • Creating a Schematic
  • PCB/DA Personality Module
  • Location Maps
  • Invoking Design Architect
  • Adding Properties to Symbols
  • Adding Properties to Nets
  • Design Hierarchy
  • DA to LMS
  • Checking Schematics
  • Saving Schematics
  • Board Geometry
  • Creating a Board Outline
  • Types of Layer Categories
  • Viewing Layers
  • Data Reporting Layers
  • Electrical Layers
  • Data Storage Layers
  • Top/Bottom Mapping Layers
  • User-Defined Layers
  • Geometry Creation
  • Drawing Board Graphics
  • Placement and Routing Outlines
  • Component Geometries
  • Reading in Geometries
  • Component Mapping
  • Catalog Files
  • Component Geometry Definition
  • Pin Arrays
  • Geometry Text Setup
  • Creating Part Numbers
  • Mapping Geometries to Part Numbers
  • Mapping Logical to Component Pins
  • Checking Geometries
  • Saving Geometries
  • Invoking PACKAGE
  • PACKAGE Results
  • Library Hierarchy
  • Loading Catalogs into PACKAGE
  • Automatic Packaging
  • Changing Geometry
  • Modifying Reference Designators
  • Resolving Geometries
  • Interactive Placement
  • Invoking LAYOUT
  • Placement Setup
  • Mapping Components to Board
  • Placing Components by Reference
  • Placing Components by Schematic Sheet
  • Placing Components Automatically
  • Creating Placement Groups
  • Placing Component Groups
  • Protecting Components
  • Fixing Components
  • Swapping Components
  • Moving Components
  • Rotating Components
  • Pivoting Components
  • Flipping Components
  • Adding Rule and Keepout Areas
  • Routing, Placement, and Rule Areas
  • Setting up the Display
  • Setting up for Placement
  • Mapping Components Into Layout Session
  • Pivoting and Rotating Components
  • Fixing the Components
  • Adding a Placement Rule Area
  • Placing a Circuit Group (Auto Placement)
  • Placing Decoupling Capacitors
  • Flipping Components
  • Improving Placement
  • Layers in LIBRARIAN and LAYOUT
  • Design Rules for LAYOUT
  • Physical Layers
  • No Connect Rules
  • Buried and Blind Via Rules
  • Layer Rules
  • Net Type Rules
  • Adding Nets to Net Type Rules
  • Net Type to Net Type Clearance Overrides
  • Net Type Layer Rules
  • Pin Rules
  • Saving Design Rules
  • Basic Routing Properties
  • Edit Layer Setup
  • All Angle Routing
  • Snap Direction
  • Routing Vias
  • Interactive Routing
  • Routing Techniques
  • Routing Power Layers
  • Grid Based Auto Routing
  • Setting Up Routing Rules
  • Shape Based Auto Routing
  • AutoActive RE
  • Auto Route Setup
  • Completed Auto Route
  • Route Protection
  • Changing Reference Designators
  • Changing Reference Designators Automatically
  • Geometric Construction
  • Area Fill Setup
  • Defining Thermal Ties
  • Creating Area Fills
  • Connecting Area Fills
  • Shape Edit Mode
  • Plow and Heal
  • Removing Area Fill Copper
  • Changing Area Fills
  • Edit Area Fills
  • Artwork Order
  • Editing Artwork Format
  • Creating an Aperture Table
  • Modifying an Aperture Table
  • Adding to an Aperture Table
  • Aperture Table Report
  • Modifying Power Apertures
  • Artwork Order Report
  • Creating Artwork Data
  • Viewing Artwork Data
  • Creating a Drill Table
  • Assigning Symbols to Drill Sizes
  • Changing Drill Tables
  • Changing Drill Format
  • Creating Drill Data
  • Viewing Drill Data
  • Viewing Drill Symbols
  • Drill Table Reports
  • Creating Fabrication Drawings
  • Creating Drill Schedules
  • Adding Text to Drawings
  • Setup Dimensioning Parameters
  • Adding Board Dimensions
  • Board Station Design Process
  • Part Creation - LIBRARIAN
  • Schematic Capture - Design Architect
  • Logical to Physical - PACKAGE
  • Manage Change - PCB Design Viewpoint
  • Manufacturing Output - FabLink
  • Manufacture PCB - Manufacturing

Course Information

Intended for

PCB Designers and Technicians

Electrical Engineers who will be directing or performing their own circuit board layout

CAD Engineers and Managers who are responsible for integrating Board Station into their design flow

Members of CAD supports groups who are responsible for increased productivity of PCB design teams


Basic knowledge of PCB design techniques and theory. Experience designing printed circuit boards is a definite plus.

Course Part Number
  • Classroom: 056144

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