Hello, is there a book on how to start using CADSTAR? -or a tutorial anywhere,? my company is loosing patience with me as i struggle to learn. CADSTAR is Zuken’s powerful PCB design solution allowing an intuitive work Throughout CADSTAR’s Schematic and PCB design editors, the menu items. Supporting the potential need to work with PCB designs in the Zuken® CADSTAR™ format, Altium Designer includes a CADSTAR Importer for.

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Please note that all names used are completely fictitious and any thing written is my own personal opinion ttutorial knowledge and not related in any way to either my employers or their customers or Zuken. Thursday, 13 September How to make a new part based on an existing library part. So you are looking for an 8k2 resistor and cannot find one in the library,or you want a transistor that’s not in the library either yet you already have something similar there, perhaps the same size resistor but not the right value.

What to do about it? You could run around like a headless chicken, flapping and being disgusted, telling the rest of the world that the part that you want and it may only be you that wanted it is not in the library and you hate CADSTAR.

Or you could simply just make it, new parts do not actually take long to make if you know how PLUS you get tutoriial know exactly how that part is configured, exactly what the pinout is and the package size etc.

Library creation is a skill that all PCB CAD engineers should learn, either by studying the help-documentation and having a go it won’t bite or by going on a library creation training course. So how do you add a simple resistor tutoriaal to an existing one into your library?

Posted by CadstarGuy at Share to Twitter Share to Facebook. When working on a network where others may have access to your designs it is commonplace to be able to lock the design files and libraries that you are working on to prevent anybody else saving over your work. First, turn off file locking – not really a good way of managing it as it defeats the object of file locking.

Second, use Windows Explorer with the ability to view hidden and system uttorial enabled, to browse for and delete the lock file.

This too is not the most elegant way of managing it. This will delete the lock file and allow you to open the design file again and continue to use file locking.

As a library evolves user attributes are added which can be seen within the parts library on the Definitions tab, however as you add them there is currently no ability to sort the columns within the Library Editor.

I have discovered that there is a way to sort them using a non-formatting text editor such as Notepad. Monday, 5 October Hiding text, lines and origins – how to control where they appear. There are some features that are applied to all components however we the user want to be able to control which ones we see and which we do not. By this I mean, for instance – an attribute such as Value, Package, Voltage etc or perhaps a component outline or a pad and so on.

Thursday, 3 September My Gerber files do not line up with my drill files? This is something that I see and get asked about often, eyes light up when I tell them how to fix this. GC-Prevue the drill files are offset from the Gerbers. This is not really a big problem as they can easily be aligned, but is would be nice if they simply lined up correctly – and they can so how? Posted by MattyLad at Thursday, 27 August I don’t think the stats for this blog are very good.


Looking at the stats, I don’t really have a large audience, perhaps I need to advertise it more on other sites – perhaps I could do with more people subscribing. Catch 20 really, if no one looks I wont post, if I don’t post no one looks. Are your design files locked after a mishap? If you have file locking enabled set in the Options and for one reason or another you have a power cut or a software crash, CADSTAR cannot delete the temporary lock file that prevents another user having write access to your design, so how do you get access back yourself?

Friday, 14 August Handy hints and tips. Possibly because not every method of doing something is documented – besides, who reads the documentation? Routing with incremental track widths in P. When routing within P.

Editor we route using Necked, Optimal and Typed track widths. Sunday, 10 May Create your components to consistent standards for free. Why are we still making component footprints by hand, making mistakes with them and getting them wrong when there is no need to?

Yet there are tools out there that will enable us to make all our component footprints to a consistent standard, following IPC guidelines and best of all the best tool for this is FREE!! Saturday, 6 December My car is broken – what’s wrong with it? A message from support teams all over the world.

Here is a picture of a car, it does not work – what is wrong with it? Well of course it does not work – its only a toy one, but if you asked these questions to a car mechanic they would want to know a little more about what is wrong with it, has the wheel fallen off?

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Tuesday, 2 December Imperial or Metric – Does it really matter? There often seems to be discussions about which unit of measurement to work in, they pop up on the web several times throughout the year. Questions are asked on whether someone should use Millimetres or Thou as a thtorial unit. Which side of the fence are you on? Those of you that favour the ability to use toolbars for single mouse click access to commands may, like me be disappointed with the new GUI, not wanting to upgrade because we like our toolbars and do not appreciate now having to click the mouse 3 times for what was previously a single selection.

I have heard several others tell me that they will not upgrade because they do not like it, that they want the old toolbars back.

Thursday, 30 January Library version control. Who created them, when were they made, why they were changed, what their change history is etc? Mind you – its a very simple app that once working should be very easy to use. Tuesday, 14 January Adding teardrops to PTH pads in P. Pad with broken track When you have a component such as a terminal block with PTH pads that are likely to move during use i.

This problem is prevented by exiting the pad with a thicker and slowly reducing to the width of the track piece of copper, this copper item is referred to as a teardrop due to its shape. Why is this so? Monday, 1 July Adding file paths into an part entry hyperlink field.

Generally when creating a part and I am adding a hyperlink to a datasheet, Tjtorial want to add the full path including file name into my parts library.

However typing it manually is very likely to result in a typo, copying it in Windows Explorer only copies the path.

So what I do is Tutoriap LibraryTip. It is an inductor where the datasheet asks for 2 long pads but with only the ends of the pads being exposed for soldering to. The question was – How to do tutoria, Many designers still produce drill drawings along with their Gerber files as Manufacturing Notes for various reasons and this is a how casdtar for multi layer boards.

Do you work in several locations? Having problems using the network library and one used on a laptop at home etc and keeping them in sync? Saturday, 27 October Adding testpoint net names on your Silk layer. Someone asked for the names of the nets that testpoints were connected to, to be placed on the legend layer instead of the testpoint names. This presented a little cqdstar for a few seconds on how to do this when the answer became obvious.


Thursday, 25 October Does your dongle driver installation rollback? Over recent years an issue has arisen where a user has problems installing the Sentinel drivers for the security key dongle.

Generally the reason for this is that the driver installation does a port check and detects that uttorial port that it uses is already in use so rather than create a conflict tutlrial will stop and rewind the installation.

Program files go into: Later on when trying to find files the user – perhaps having recently upgraded from Windows XP cannot find half of the installed files – where is this elusive public cadsstar and what is the point of it? While I know where it it and it is supposed to be for sharing your files it is generally better to put your shared files on a network shared drive etc. Saves a lot of hassle, confusion and head scratching.

Anyway – that is what I and a lot of others do -it is up to you what you do. So if you do as I have advised then you may also need to take ownership of the Zuken folder and all subfolders below it. Mr Google can tell you how.

Need a Microchip Pic or Xilinx processor, there are over Even maintenance customers would benefit from downloading this also available in the support downloads section as it would save them downloading individually from the online library. Monday, 20 February Extracting libraries from your design files. Here is how tjtorial works Then join the symbols up with connections etc. Sunday, 12 February I have gone mobile!

Considering CADSTAR.

Just a note to say – I noticed that in the blog setup there was an option for a mobile theme, so I have enabled it to allow the blog to be read better via a mobile. Now I just need to pull my finger out and make enough posts to warrant you visiting it on your phone: Check your dangler shape!

Hey folks, I thought I would share a warning with you about danglers. The dangler is that little blob that gets left dangling when making a schematic connection and you double click in free space. It is designed to allow you to temporarily leave a connection dangling while you sort out something for it to connect to. Apart from junctions, signal references and global signals, a dangler is the only way to leave a connection without it being connected to a symbol terminal.

So what is the warning? Well, if you are drawing your schematic on a very fine grid, I.

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Unfortunately if your dangler is the same shape as a junction then it looks the same and you do not notice that the connections are not actually the same net. This is actually a mis-connection near the. Well it lets you do this because you are not using tutorrial proper grid system and it thinks you are just dropping a dangler.

I have had designs that others have drawn that have had danglers like this and there have been net disconnects which would have made the circuit a failure had I not changed the dangler shape as one of the first things I do in a schematic. The default shape is a circle, I disagree with this due to the above possiblilities of errors so urge you to read on and change it.