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CadsoftEagleTutorial:CreatingNewParts

ThisguidewillexplainhowtocreateanewpartinCadsoftsEagleLayoutEditor.Thistutorialisbased onv.5.2.0butshouldstillbevalidforpreviousversionsofthesoftware. Tostart,Openorcreateanewlibraryfile. [File>Open(New)>Library]

ClickonSymbol(6thiconontop),enteranameintheNewfieldandclickOK.

Symbol

Youarethenpresentedwithablankareatodrawyournewschematicsymbolforthepart,Usethetools ontheleft.ThetwomostimportanttoolsaretheWireandPintools,usedtodrawtheoutlineofthe partandplacethepinsusedtowiretoitintheschematic,respectively.Tochangethepindirection,you canusetheappropriatesettingatthetopofthetoolbar.Oncecomplete,renamethepinstosomething usefulwiththeRenametool.Youshouldendupwithsomethinglookinglikethis.

Rename

Wire Pin

Thenextstepistobuildafootprintforthedevice.Ifyourdeviceusesacommonfootprint,youcan openanotherlibrarycontainingthedesiredfootprint.UsetheGrouptooltoselecttheentirefootprint. SelecttheCopytoolandCtrl+rightclicktocopythegroup.Openyourlibraryfileagain,openthe Packagebox,selecttheappropriatepackagethenusethePastetooltopastethefootprintintothe window.Evenifitanexistingfootprintdoesnotmatchyourpart,buthasthesametypesofpadsor holesthatyouneedforyourfootprint,thencopyingthatfootprintasastartingpointisrecommended. Youcanalwaysdeleteextraholes/padsthatarenotneeded,orcopyexistingholes/padstomake additionalonesthatyourfootprintmayneed.ThisalsocopiestheNAMEandVALUEforthepartso thatyoudonothavetoaddthemlateron. Alternatively,ifyourpackageusesauniquefootprint,youwillhavetocreateyourownfootprint. Usuallythedimensionswillbegiveninthedatasheetforthepart.

UsetheWiretoolandeitherthePADorSMDtooltocreatethepackageandfootprint.Usethewire tooltooutlinetheshapeofthepartandthePadorSmdtooltomakethefootprint.Besureyouhaveall thedimentionsofthepartcorrectinyourpackagebecausethatiswhatwillcomebackonyourPCB. Whenlayingoutyourholes/pads,choosesomereferencepointtostartfrom,andplaceeverything relativetothatreferencepoint.Commonchoicesarethecenterofpad/hole#1,thecenterofthe package,etc. Note:Itmayhelptochangethegridsizeformoreaccurateplacingoftheparts.

Grid Text SMD

Youshouldendupwithsomethinglikethis.Whenfinished,usetheTEXTtooltoaddlablestoyourpart. Oneshouldread>NAME(layertnames)andtheother>VALUE(layertvalues)whichwillbeused lateron.YoumanywantchangethefonttoVECTORasthePROPORTIONALfontmaynotbereadable onPCBs(RBR:Ihaveneverfoundacasewheretheproportionalfontwasnotreadable).Anyadditional textyouaddtothefootprintshouldbeonthetDoculayer. Nowtheonlythinglefttodoistocombinethesymbolandpackagethatyoujustcreatedtogether.This isdoneintheDevicewindow(locatedtotheleftofthePackageicon).Typethenameofyournew deviceinthiswindowandclickOK.Inthenewwindowthatpopsup,clicktheADDtoolandselectyour deviceinthewindow,thenplaceitonthescreen.Inthebottomrightcorner,clickNEWandselectyour package.Youshouldnowseeyourpartssymbolandpackageonthescreen.

Device Add New

Next,clickontheConnectbuttonandyouwillseealistingofthePinnamesandPadnames.Here, selectthecorrespondingPinandPadandclickConnect.Onceagain,makesureyouareconnectingthe rightPinnamewiththerightPadname. Nowyouarereadytouseyourpartinyourschematics.