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Eagle - auto-placing the elements

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by teel, Oct 30, 2007.

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  1. teel

    teel Guest

    Hi there,
    Has anyone found/used any function in CadSoft Eagle Freeware that
    would auto-place my elements on the board? I've drawn a schematic,
    switched to Board mode and I see all my elements connected, but they
    are kind of sorted by the type. I'd like them to be placed as they are
    drawn, because in fact the schematic is simple and it determines the
    layout of the board itself. Of course I can place them manually, but
    it'd be much faster to do it automatically.

    Best regards,
  2. Dave Pollum

    Dave Pollum Guest

    As far as I know, there is no autoplacer for EAGLE (I use v4.16r1).
    Perhaps there is something on Cadsoft's web site at the ULP download
    section (
    -Dave Pollum
  3. Even on high-end PCB CAD systems, auto-placers are rarely useful. I
    think they are features dreamed up by the marketing department, but
    rarely, if ever, used by a PC layout person.

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  4. Guest

    Can you get Eagle to pick components on the PCB side by clicking on
    the schematic?
    If not, maybe there are properties on each symbol that you can massage
    when you package out.
    For example, each schematic symbol could contain the X and Y location
    of itself on the page.
    Package out the X and Y to the PCB side, then write a script to
    autoplace the parts according to the X and Y properties.
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