The Placement Window is where you can either tell us how you'd like us to place your parts, or confirm placement that you've previously uploaded. For answers to common questions, including info on polarized components, please see Placement Window FAQ.
Like other PCB:NG functions, using the Placement Window is a bit different depending upon your context:
- Manually Added Parts: if didn't have Pick and Place data.
- Confirming/Adjusting: if you did have Pick and Place data.
- Special Parts: what to do when we don't have a part's footprint in our database.
Manually Added Parts
Let's say that you manually added a part to your design in the Parts Tab. Your Placement Window will appear similar to this example:
You'll note that the part hasn't been placed yet - because we don't have any data about where to put it! Click on the Place button, and the part appears, at the center location of your design.
Confirming/Adjusting Placed Parts
If you've used Pick and Place data, or if you've used the Place function, you're ready to adjust your part. Use your mouse to "grab" the PCB to move it around, or do the same with the part itself. Zoom in, Zoom out, or Zoom to the extents of the board. You can Flip the PCB to place on the back (or choose the side), and rotate the component, too.
Once the part is in the proper location and the proper orientation, just click on Confirm Placement, and move on to the next part.
Once all parts are confirmed, you're ready to place your order!
Sometimes, we don't have an accurate representation of the part that you're placing. If we don't, we use a "rubber band" representation of the part until we can update our database. Make sure to select the correct part type, and orient accordingly.
Sometimes our IC Orientation for Special Parts is set such that you cannot accurately show where the Pin 1 dot is supposed to appear.
Simply click on "Swap part dimensions", and the orientation dot will effectively be rotated such that you can now accurately set orientation.