Adding external part libraries drcs cam files diptrace

Adding external Part Libraries, DRCs, and CAM files to Diptrace

By The MacroFab Team  |  August 22, 2016

This article will discuss the process of adding part libraries and DRC rule files to Diptrace. The repository for all of the MacroFab-specific Diptrace files can be found on our Github. You can also find instructions covering how to clone the repository onto your computer.

Importing MacroFab Part Libraries into Diptrace PCB

Open a copy of Diptrace PCB and navigate to Library -> Library Setup…

Figure 1: Library Setup

Figure 1: Library Setup

On this screen, select “User Components” from the options in the Groups section and press “Add Library”

Figure 2: Adding a Library

Figure 2: Adding a Library

Navigate to the directory that the Github repository was cloned into. In most cases, the cloned directory will be:

C:\Users\<USER NAME>\Documents\GitHub\EDALibraries\Diptrace\Libraries

Your file path may be different. Select all of the library files and press open.

The MacroFab libraries will now be included in your “User Components” and are ready to use.

Figure 3: DipTrace Libraries

Figure 3: DipTrace Libraries

Importing MacroFab Rule Files Into Diptrace

To import a rule file into Diptrace select Route -> Load Rules

Figure 4: Loading Rules

Figure 4: Loading Rules

Navigate to the rule files within the cloned Github repository on your computer. In most cases, the cloned directory will be:

C:\Users\<USER NAME>\Documents\GitHub\EDALibraries\Diptrace\Rule files

Although, your path may be different.

In this window you select one of 4 rule files. Most PCBs will use MF_Standard.rul. You can find the rule definition for these files on our capability page here. Once you have selected the rule file, press Open. The rule file will update the DRC rules in Diptrace according to MacroFab’s capabilities.

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