Chapter 8

Making and editing footprints

Abstract

Footprints provide a means of physically attached components to your printed circuit board (PCB), and they provide electrical connectivity as defined by the netlist generated in Capture. Footprints in PCB Editor are known by several names, including symbols, components, and packages. The PCB Editor library has over 400 symbols, but there will be occasions when you will need to make your own. This purpose of this chapter is to

  1. 1. introduce PCB Editor’s symbol libraries,
  2. 2. discuss the composition of a footprint,
  3. 3. provide a detailed explanation of padstacks,
  4. 4. demonstrate how to create a padstack using the Padstack Editor,
  5. 5. provide footprint design examples, and
  6. 6. provide design examples for ...

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