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Sprint-Layout - The Ultimate Tutorial And Experience

Sprint-Layout is a software tool used to design layouts for either single-sided, double-sided and even multilayer printed circuit boards (PCB). The software aims to better help with board design.

 

With Sprint-Layout you can design your PCB's quick and easy. The software comes with everything; a software design tool should need and have, there are zero restrictions to the software on how you should design your circuit board.

 

The sprint layout software is a user-friendly software; I believe this guide can give you a base understanding of circuit board putting you in the manufacturer's shoes, meaning you can start from the bottom or change and edit already layout or "plot file".

1、Sprint Layout

Sprint layout had several tools to draw things like tracks, solder pad, zones, text labels, SMD pads and many more; it comes along with all functions that are necessary for board design.

 

Even the professional feature like the export of Gerber-files (which are supported by almost every PCB-manufacturer. If you own a CNC milling-machine) or isolation-milling who have HPGL created for them, are included.

 

The software construction of sprint layout is made self-explanatory, with the free viewer-software for Sprint Layout, it is possible for everybody to view or print your layouts.

 

Two layers exist (Copper and silkscreen) for each side of the board. You have the option to use an outline layer for the board contour or 2 additional inner layers for multilayer boards. Extra features are solder masks, SMD-masks, automatic ground planes, signal flow test.

 

The Photoview option gives you a chance to take a look at your board as if it was manufactured. This option helps you to find faults on your board. Several components for through hole or SMD layouts have been predefined in the extensible library.

 

Lots of options are selectable when printing the design, the component mounting plan, or the solder mask on paper or film. The software also has an extensive and comfortable printing option which allows you to print your layouts or component mounting plans on paper or foil.

 

You can export your layout to a BMP, GIF or JPG format. These other formats can be used in document programs like Word or on your homepage for publishing.

 

There is an auto-router to connect individual tracks which were integrated into the software, but we warned, sprint layout is not made for routing complete boards automatically. The sprint layout will create Gerber and Excellon files for professional manufacturing of your board.

2、Spring Layout 6.0

The spring layout 6.0 is one of the latest versions and like with every new release; you get new features. New features you should take special notices of include:

 

      1. Bigger Resolution And Accuracy: Unless other previous versions, you get an increase in the resolution and the accuracy of the spring layout by tenfold. You should know this concerns the Grid settings and the maximum Zoom factor. So there is no problem to design incredible layout structures.

 

      2. Pick+Place Data: The spring layout now can generate and export pick+place files. You need these files for automated assemblies of SMD boards

 

      3. Anti-Alias: The use of the anti-alias technology to noticeably improve the graphic representation of the spring layout has been applied in the new software.

 

      4. Multi-Select – simultaneous editing of several elements: you can now edit as many items as you want simultaneously with the properties-panel.

 

      5. Selector: The new version of the selector is now a more powerful tool; with this tool, you can find and select specific elements of your layout and edit them simultaneously with the help of the new multi-select function. A good example would be how you can pick and edit all pads with a specific shape or drilling.

 

      6. Automatic Capture Mode: You have a new mode of capture making pads and tracks easy to place, if the mouse moves closer to the capture-point, the point of the mouse will be captured and helps you to connect precisely. It is beneficial when some connections are lying out of the light.

 

      7. Gerber Import: you have the luxury of a Gerber import which allows you to load existing Gerber files and convert them to a ready layout inspiring-layout.

 

      8. Rubber-Band: while moving elements, you have connected tracks that can keep their connection.

 

      9. Components: 6.0 can now display and manage components including identifier and value. Even a component-list is available.

 

      10. Thermal-Pad Vias: you can now define the thermal-pad separated for each layer when/if you use vias as a thermal-pad.

 

      11. Isolation Milling: Usually all individual jobs like isolation milling, drilling or cut-out had to be done in different plot files, but now the isolation milling has been revamped, all those jobs can now be written in one plot file. So the typical problems with the origin in various files will be prevented.

 

      12. Grid-Hotkeys: The key (function key 1-9) on your keyboard are given specific editable grid values. So you will be able to change between several grid values with just one keystroke.

 

      13. Rectangle: You can now draw rectangles (tracks or zones) quickly with the new rectangle drawing mode.

 

      14. Circular Arrangement: The specific circular method is a tricky and invidious job. Sprint-layout has now a special assistant for that. Once you define the necessary parameter, you will be able to see the result of your parameters in a preview before you complete the action.

 

      15. New Crosshair: you have an improved crosshair, which is consistently involved in every action and can display an additional 45° lines and the numeric values of the coordinates directly on the crossbar.

 

2.1 Sprint-Layout Full Crack

Now I guess you are wondering, sprint-layout and sprint-layout Full crack what's the difference besides the obvious that the words "Full crack" indicate. Well like previously stated, Sprint-Layout is electronic software used by windows system.

 

One of the versions is the sprint-layout full crack, for the Windows OS that is easy for everyday use.

 

This software comes in a clean and neat user interface. It is easy to use and lets you work more efficiently. There are hotkeys which you can use and customize for specific functions.

 

The software specifications for it to work on a laptop/desktop are below:

 

System Requirements: Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10

                                     Memory (RAM): 1GB of RAM required.

                                     Hard Disk Space: 400MB of free space required.

                                     Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or later

 

2.2 Sprint-Layout Export

You know all about the new features of the spring layout 6.0, but one of the most important functions is the Export function and its many types/format of exporting

 

   1. Bitmap-Export: This function allows you to create a bitmap(.bmp) that may be used with other applications. The layers that are visible in the editor are where the bitmap is created.

 

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   2. GIF-Export: This allows you to create a GIF file (.gif) that may be used with other applications. The layers that are visible in the editor are where the bitmap created from, and the GIF format is a compressed format, so you get a much smaller file than the bitmap.

 

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   3. JPEG-Export: This allows you to create a JPEG file (.jpg) that may be used with other applications. The layers that are visible in the editor are where the bitmap generated from; the JPEG format is a compressed format, so you get a much smaller file than the bitmap.

 

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   4. Gerber-Export: Gerber files are known to nearly all manufacturers because every layer (solder mask, copper, silkscreen) needs a Gerber file to describe a PCB completely. You can exchange layout data with manufacturers because the Sprint-layout produces a standard Gerber-files RS274-X that are widely used.

 

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   5. Excellon-Export: This is used to exchange the drill data of a board with your manufacturer. It contains all diameter and positions of your drilling.

 

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   6. Isolation-Milling: This is a particular function to produce PCB's with a CNC milling machine. The track and connections will be milled out of the solid copper board. The production of an isolation-milled board, including the isolation-channels, the drillings, and the board shape are all supported by Sprint-layout.

 

Everything gotten will be exported in a plot file in HPGL format (*.plt). This plot file will then be used by a CNC milling machine to produce the board.

 

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3、Sprint Layout Tutorial

If you wish to create your own Circuit board Layout with the ABACOM sprint Layout program, here are a few tutorials and tips, always make use of all the prescribed standard layers of the sprint layout.

 

Most manufacturing companies will take care of generating the production data (Extended Gerber) for you if it's in its current layer.

 

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Another thing is the Gerber Export; if you want to make the Garber export yourself, you can follow these steps:

 

       • Step 1: Choose layer that will be changed to Garber

 

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       • Step 2: Then press create Gerber files

 

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       • Step 3: The file has been successfully changed to Gerber, then press close

 

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       • Step 4: Press the export drill data file (Excellon). This step is to make the Gerber want to be a hole.

 

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       • Step 5: Press ok to complete the drill

 

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       • Step 6: Collect each layer file and achieve them into a Rar. Format

 

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       • Step 7:  Rename the file and send it to your PCB manufacturer

 

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Among the options, the "Mirror" option should not be chosen in any case and in regards to the solder mask offset, always make the clearance of the solder mask to 0.5mm (50µm), as this is the least tolerance that a solder pad allows for any solder mask to be applied.

 

Just remember that any more significant value, the components that are fine pitched will not have an adequate solder mask bridge between the pads.

 

However, if you feel an uncertainty, you should remember; when in doubt do nothing or in this case, leave it at 0.00mm, this is optimized by the manufacturers.

 

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Also for exporting of drilling data, please always choose as the unit of measurement to be 2.4 inches.

4、Sprint-Layout Usernote

PRO

• I saw this program as a very advanced drawing program and advanced with PCB-design in mind. The viewer-software is much more than a viewer: it allows you to calibrate your printer and print out the PCB-design for home-manufacturing the PCB. It has Gerber and Excellon support, so also suitable for professional manufacturing.

 

• I opted for Abacom's Sprint-Layout. I have not used Eagle, so I can't truly A-B them, but I have used ExpressPCB software (which I loved, just not their PCB prices).

 

I found Abacom's Sprint-Layout very easy, intuitive, their help files return usable information, and it is straightforward to create/modify device footprints. A fully functional PCB CAD software that is reasonably easy to learn and use all while being stable is a bargain

 

• I've also used FreePCB (I have the utmost respect for free, open-source apps, but I would not say I liked it) and the free version of DIPTrace (the free, pin-limited version) and still prefer Sprint-Layout.



Also, I received my professional boards yesterday, and they are beautiful and perfect. Now I'm thrilled with Sprint having gone from schematic to completed board so quickly and easily for a bargain software package.

 

• I chose this program because it's so simple to use (I am fond of simple things ;), and I also use it for timing diagrams. It allows you to import a scanned copy: very useful.

 

Cons

• Abacom also has a Schematic Editor, sPlan, in their product line: http://www.abacom-online.de/uk/html/splan.html But there is no link between the Schematic and the Layout-program! Moreover, there are no plans to do it, such a pity. The auto-router is not very useful.

5、Conclusion

Now you understand what a Sprint-layout is, you know the latest version and its new feature, you can start making your very whole board and bring it to us for manufacturing. Or you can leave us with the exciting job of both designing and manufacture a PCB for you.

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