Within SOLIDWORKS PCB, you can define route length rules on
nets. This is achieved through the Accordion function. Accordion adds to the
net route, thus extending its length to match an associated rule:
A length rule on a net is assigned through the Accordion
function, by defining a Design Rule. The design rule is managed through
The controls to engage Accordion are:
- ‘Shift-A’ to switch on the Accordion function
- 'Tab’ will show the rules dialog for that net
whilst in the Accordion function.
The rule can be set to define a minimum as well as a maximum
length, thus ensuring the finished length is between those lengths.
To see the routing lengths whilst routing, the PCB Panel can
be shown and length columns included. The following video shows net
‘NetD3_2’ and the length columns being
added to the panel. The net routing is started using ‘Shift-A’ which then
allows the rule dialog to be presented using ‘Tab’.
After watching the video continue by watching the second part here...