Learn how to create a hole pattern block to show how you can create PCB elements for use in the Design Library.
- [Instructor] So now we're going to learn how to use hole patterns and add hole patterns to your design library so you can reuse them. I use this a lot because I do a lot of circuit boards with connectors and other passive components that have hole patterns that I want to be able to reuse and place from one board to another board. So we're going to start with the chapter seven Begin exercise and we're going to insert a DXF file, make sure the units are in millimeters so that it's to scale properly.
Then we're going to create a block and name the block and save the block to the library. This is really a great way to do it because most passive component vendors provide you with free DXF files for the hole patterns of their components so you just download the DXF file from the vendor and then use it inside of SOLIDWORKS. It makes it a lot easier than having to redo the DXF from scratch. We're going to add the hole pattern block to the design library and then we're going to drag and drop it and test it to see how it goes.
So let's start by bringing in the DXF file inside of SOLIDWORKS. So here I am, I've got my little printed circuit board. I'm going to select this face for my sketch. And I'm going to go into Insert DXF DWG and I've got the drawing already. It's a DXF file. I'm going to say Open. And this was downloaded from TE Connectors so it is a vendor hole pattern.
I'm going to import it as a 2D sketch. I'm going to click on Next, not Finish. I want to go Next because I want to make sure that I'm using the correct units. If I don't set the correct units, it will not come in correctly. And then I can select finish and you can see it right here. You can see a preview of what it's going to look like. I'm going to go Finish. It's going to ask me if I want to enable the Explode and I am going to explode it and I'm going to say Yes. And you can see the parts right here. I'm going to use my sketch tools to move, to move it over a little bit.
I'm just going to move it right there and then I'm going to create a block. So I've got my sketch. I'm going to go Tools, Blocks, Make. I'm going to select all those Entities and then I'm going to define my insertion point to be the center point of that hole. Then I'm going to green check. So I've created that block and I'm just going to rename that block, DSUB nine.
And I'm going to stop here in a minute. We're going to add that to the library.
- Adding a custom library to SOLIDWORKS
- Designing library folder locations
- Creating custom annotations for drawings
- Creating a grain direction annotation
- Modifying an existing forming tool
- Adding a forming tool to the Design Library
- Creating a hole pattern for a circuit board component
- Creating a feature to be reused
- Saving a feature to the Design Library
- Saving a block to the Design Library