new upcoming version, I have a beta to test with a new run of boards this week.
New features :
- tray definition helper. I suggested to MDC that because some tray pocket pitches could be hard to measure with the calipers (especially DIY tray made with tape, you never know on which mech. reference you can place the calipers jaws) it would be nice to have a dedicated teaching mode for the trays. My proposal was fairly simple : teach the #1 pocket as normal, define the repeat and the pitches the best you can, then use a key combo to get to the last pocket, which position is computed using the repeat and the defined pitches. From there, use the cursor to fine tune the last pocket position and validate, pitches are recomputed based on the new position.
- tray pocket review : in addition of the last pocket teaching, a new combo (in tray teaching mode) allows now to review the pockets, which is useful to diagnose a DIY tray issue (lack of tape alignment) or just to find the first populated pocket instead of counting, when you're about to use a partially filled tray for a production
- I also thought this could be applied to PCB data : same, pitches can be hard to measure AND if there's an error on them, the cumulated drift ends causing fiducial search on the last boards of panel, which requires to adjust the pitches until it works, frustrating. Same system is now in the PCB data, same thing, you select step & repeat, define the repeat and pitches then go to the last PCB ref to adjust the position and validate.
I also asked MDC to have the possibility to remove the step and repeat (right now, you need to expand the repeat then delete lines), as well as editing it (currently selecting step & repeat again will start with blank parameter fields and you can't edit what you had before which made pitches editing VERY difficult without noting things on paper, and future reviewing was impossible).
- new vision method : I was placing my SD card socket using the semi auto assisted placement Lv=25 which remained time consuming. I suggested that the part could be placed using only outside edges, finding the bounding box of the parts. At the end it's quite similar to the TQFP placement method for large parts (Lv=27) but instead of finding leads, you just look for the corner of the part. MDC was incredibly quick and prone to give it a try with samples I sent and I can't wait to test this tomorrow ! New part "style" is REC.
I'll post when I have a test made with this new version and when the release is there at MDC website