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After you've established your board outline and imported a netlist, you can begin placing parts. The topics below will demonstrate the basic operations used in the placement of parts.

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Dispersing Components

After you import nets and parts into your design, disperse the parts around the outside of the board using the Disperse Components command.

  1. In the Tools menu, click Disperse Components.
  2. Click Yes to confirm the dispersion of the parts.

Moving Components

After dispersing components, you will likely want to move them into the board outline. There are a few different ways to move the components to their desired locations.

Using the Move command

In the following steps, selection of the Move icon can be replaced with the keyboard command, Ctrl + E.

  1. Open the Design toolbar. Select the Move command icon.
  2. Click to select the component you would like to move. Click again to place the component.
  3. Press Esc to exit move mode.

or

  1. With the Design toolbar open, select the component you would like to move. 
  2. Select the Move command icon.
  3. Click to place the component.

Alternatively, you can click and drag a component to enter the move mode, then click to place the part.

Using x,y coordinates in the Properties dialog box

If you know the precise location that the part should be placed in, you can specify the location of the component's origin in the Properties dialog box.

  1. Select the component.
  2. Right-click and select Properties (or press Alt + Enter) to bring up the Properties dialog box.
  3. Under Layout Data, enter the x,y coordinates where you would like to place the component's origin.
  4. Select OK, and the part will be placed.

Radial Move

Rotating Components

To rotate a part 90° counterclockwise at the origin point, follow one of the procedures below:

  1. Open the Design toolbar. Select the Rotate command icon.
  2. Click the component you would like to rotate. Repeat if necessary.
  3. Press Esc to exit rotation mode.

or

  1. With the Design toolbar open, select the component you would like to rotate. 
  2. Select the Rotate command icon. Repeat if necessary.

Spinning Components

Spinning a component is similar to rotation, but allows you greater flexibility in choosing the angle you want to orient the part to.

  1. Open the Design toolbar. Select the Spin command icon.
  2. Click the component you would like to spin.
  3. Move the cursor to spin the part to the desired location. Click to complete.
  4. Press Esc to exit rotation mode.

or

  1. With the Design toolbar open, select the component you would like to spin. 
  2. Select the Spin command icon.
  3. Move the cursor to spin the part to the desired location. Click to complete.

Glueing Components

Certain components such as connectors or mounting holes are restricted to specific locations on the board.  Parts may be glued so they are not moved inadvertently.

To glue a part,

  • right click and choose Select Components from the menu. 
  • Select the component you would like to restrict and right click again and select Properties.
  • Check Glued in the dialog

Flipping Components

Flipping a component changes the side of the board that the component is placed on.

  1. Select the component you want to flip.
  2. Right-click the component and select Flip Side (or press Ctrl + F).
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