Reinforce Vias Design Force 2018

Tech Tip: CR-8000 Design Force 2018 Reinforce Via Functionality

In the 2018 release of CR-8000 Design Force, an amazing new improvement has been made to reinforce via. In the video below, I’ll demonstrate how this cool new feature works.

In this example, I have a ground plane on layers 2 and 4, and I want to tie them together with reinforcing vias.

On the ribbon, select the Track tab and locate the function Padstack. Next, select the option for reinforce via. As you’ll see in the parameters dialog, there are options to generate via patterns inside only, outside only, and both inside and outside. There are also options for setting the pattern as grid or staggered!

In this example, I have set my via spacing to 1mm and I want to generate the outline only.

To start the command, select the two planes. I set my layers view to display only layers 2 and 4. Next selection is as simple as frame selecting the edge of both planes.

Based on the setting in the dialog, via patterns are immediately shown for you review. The options are dynamic so you can select inside only to see how that’ll look. Next I’ll try both inside and outside – and finally I can also modify the pattern so it’ll be staggered.

It’s just that easy! Think about how much time you’ll save next time you need to generate reinforcing vias!

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Sandy Jones has worked in the tech industry since 1984. Over the years she has been a drafter, PCB designer and an owner of a design service. For the past 15 years Sandy has worked at Zuken. As Manager of Professional Services her duties include coordination of all training and consulting services as well as developing US-based training materials, being an instructor, and a support member for the CR-5000 and CR-8000 product lines. During her free time she enjoys gardening, water-color and acrylic painting and being actively involved in a women’s social/service organization.

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