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 Stipple pattern of PCB tracks on PCB Silkscreen?
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Posted - 10 Apr 2023 :  23:05:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When I used to repair Consumer Product PCBs in Philips Radio, Audio and TV sets, they had a nice idea of silk–screening the copper pattern on the top (Component) side of the PCB as a stippled pattern of fine dots to help trace the connections when the PCB was mounted in the equipment.

Whilst it's easy to copy the track pattern as a "Top Silk" layer, and add it to the top of a PCB, this would be copied as a solid white pattern, what I'd like is for the pattern to be applied as a stipple of fine dots, so the reference numbers and other data can be added on top as solid white!

Is it possible to either do this, or consider it as a future feature please?

Chris Williams

Kieran Jefferies

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Posted - 19 Apr 2023 :  13:50:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Chris, would you have an example image of what you would like to achieve?
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Posted - 26 Apr 2023 :  13:44:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If I guess correctly what you are trying to do, perhaps you can try this:

Output->DXF Export
Select mm as units, and check only top copper.
Choose a suitable export name and make sure you know where it lands.

Find the file you just saved.
Import lines as solid, shapes etc as hollow.
Check align origins.

A pretty picture of the tracks appears on the top silk screen. If you've got the units, layers, or origin wrong it appears somewhere else or the wrong size!

Perhaps repeat for bottom silk screen if you want that too.

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