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Soldermasks in PowerPCB

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dossdev

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I'm using PowerPCB and am trying to keep a component which is basically a large pad from being uncovered in the soldermask layer. I can accomplish this by turning off the "pads" attribute in the CAM section, however this keeps the smt pads from being left unmasked. I realize that I could modify the gerbers, but would rather take care of this at the native PCB level. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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I take it you have not got your resist and paste setup in all your library part Padstacks.
If this is the case then I think editing the gerbers is your best option.
I have had dozens of companies asking me if I could update there libraries for them automatically so I wrote a tool to do it.
If you want me to run it on your libraries let me know.
 

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PCBL said:
I take it you have not got your resist and paste setup in all your library part Padstacks.
If this is the case then I think editing the gerbers is your best option.
I have had dozens of companies asking me if I could update there libraries for them automatically so I wrote a tool to do it.
If you want me to run it on your libraries let me know.

How should I do it manually for just one or two parts? I think it's the job for Decal Editor?
 

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presto said:
How should I do it manually for just one or two parts? I think it's the job for Decal Editor?

You have to do it to all the decals in the design. Doing one or two parts would not be sufficient.
 

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hi dossdev,
if i understand, your cam out not have all pads required for solder mask ?

Do you have copper areas associated to a pins ? If yes you only need to set flags 'pin with asoociated copper' in CAM layers setting.

Let me know, best skywalker.
 

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