Custom Pad Shapes for Components in NI Ultiboard

Updated Dec 6, 2018

Reported In

Software

  • Ultiboard 14.0 Full

Issue Details

I am unable to find the option to edit pad shapes and create customized pads in NI Ultiboard (for example, when the hole is not in the center of the pad). How do I edit a pre-existing pad?

Solution

This is a two stage process:
  1. Create the custom pad shape with a new reference point.
  2. Apply this pad to a part (see below for procedure).
Procedure for applying custom pad shape to a part:
  1. Select Tools»Database» Database Manager.
  2. Next to the Parts header, select the first icon (symbol of a perforated box).
  1. Click on Custom Pad Shape.
  1. Create the rectangular shape and set the reference point, Design» Set Reference Point. The reference will indicate where the drill hole is located.
  1. Save the pad and exit the editor.
To create the part:
  1. Select Tools» Database» Database Manager.
  2. Next to the Parts header, select the first icon (symbol of a perforated box).
  1. Click on PCB part.
  1. Once you are in the Footprint Editor select Place» Pins.
  2. A new window will open and select THT pin.
  3. For TOPInner, and Bottom use the drop-down menu and select Custom.
  4. For each layer select the custom pad that was created.
  1. Select OK and you will be able to place custom pad.
  2. Remember to reduce the annular ring if needed.

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