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    Sunday, February 10, 2013


    Cadence Orcad Layout is one of those tools that really have no end. There are so many settings and sub-tools that a few months of inactivity would render you lost. Here is one of the problems I faced.

    I was trying to get the copper pour to flow and include the attached net instead of the spoke as shown below.

    [caption id="attachment_531" align="aligncenter" width="265"]Spokes to a pad in Orcad Layout Spokes to a pad in Orcad Layout[/caption]

    Well the method I know is from the menu, select pad stacks, select all pads that you want to flood and properties>> Flood Planes/Pours select. Make sure that the isolate all tracks from the obstacle is not selected.

    At this point you should be get what you want but to my dismay, i repeatedly got the same thing. I tried so many other settings but to the life of me I could not remember what I did wrong. The key was very simple and I did nothing wrong.

    After you make any change, it is a good idea to click this button.>

    [caption id="attachment_532" align="aligncenter" width="31"]The refresh Button The refresh Button[/caption]

    This seems simple but it can solve a lot of problems. Anyways it sucks but that's all this post is about. And the result is the figure below.

    [caption id="attachment_533" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The flooded Pad The flooded Pad[/caption]

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