Creating and Editing Parts
Below are a collection of tutorial videos on designing parts for your PCB designs using AutoTRAX. Click on one to view the video.
This video show you how to create a 4000 CMOS logic device (two triple input NOR gates and an inverter) using AutoTRAX. This demonstrates how to create probably one of the most complex parts for AutoTRAX. Once you master how to create one of these, all other parts will seem easy. The part will consist of 4 separate symbols (two triple input NOR gates, an inverter and power symbol). The 3D model is automatically created.
This video show you how to create a part for a Bourns 3362 potentiometer. It show you how to create the custom footprint/land pattern and the custom schematic symbol. It also show you how to import a 3D model and position in. Finally it shows the device being used on a PCB.
In AutoTRAX, a parametric footprint is a part that is defined by a small number of numeric and textural parameters. From this small set of parameters, AutoTRAX can generate whole families of parts with the schematic symbols, footprints (often called land patterns) and even the 3D part.
To help dissipate excess heat from a device, a manufacturer will often add a large central pad to the base of the parts package. AutoTRAX can add thermal vias or heat pipes to the pad to help transfer the heat to the opposite side of the PCB where you can add a large heat dissipating area or even a heat sink.
This video gives you a comparison of rotating schematic symbols in AutoTRAX and rotating schematic symbols in Altium Designer. It shows how AutoTRAX respects your original layout when rotating but Altium does not. It also shows how AutoTRAX maintains the center of rotation but Altium goes walkabout.