Creating a Constraint Area

This task shows you how to create a constraint area.
aprereq.gif (1223 bytes)

A constraint area is a space reservation used for different purposes such as allowing/forbidding the routing or placing of components etc.

This feature is available on both the board and the manufacturing panel.

aprereq.gif (1223 bytes) Open a CATProduct document, containing a board.
  1. Choose the Insert > Body menu item (optional).
    Body.2 is created, belonging to the interactive board component.

  2. Select Sketcher I_SketcherP2.gif (229 bytes).

  3. Select the board to define the working plane.

  4. Click Profile I_ContourP2.gif (211 bytes) and draw the contour of the constraint area.

  5. Click Exit Sketcher I_CloseP2.gif (214 bytes) to return to the 3D world.

  6. Click Pad I_PadP2.gif (218 bytes).
    The Pad Definition dialog box appears.

  7. Enter 5mm in Length.

  8. Click OK to validate.

  9. Select Create Constraint Area I_ConstraintArea.gif (969 bytes).

    The Constraint Areas dialog box opens.
    The constraint area types are:
    • Route outline: an area where routing electrical connections is allowed
    • Place outline: an area where component placing is allowed
    • Other outline: other area type defined by an outline, cutouts and a thickness
    • Via keepout: an area where via placing is forbidden
    • Place keepout: a mechanical space reservation where the component height is limited
    • Place region: an area where placing is limited to component of certain types
    • Route keepout: an area where routing electrical connections is forbidden
  1. Choose PLACE_KEEPOUT and click OK.

The place keepout area is displayed in transparency.

The pad is more than a simple pad: it has technological properties.

When you create a constraint area interactively, the body is not automatically renamed with the constraint area type (as it works on import). However, you can change its name using the Properties contextual menu.