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From: "Nicklas Karlsson (nicklas DOT karlsson17 AT gmail DOT com) [via geda-user AT delorie DOT com]" <geda-user AT delorie DOT com>
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Subject: Re: [geda-user] The nature of gEDA layers
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> I wouldn't include inter-layer connectivity as a layer. I think that's a
> fundamentally different idea. I would suggest implementing connectivity
> within a footprint/pattern/group as something like a netlist. pcb
> implements connectivity awareness for other reasons, so you might as well
> reuse the idea here. But I think that is a discussion for a different
> thread.

As is now plating flag solve connectivity problem. It is possible to figure out the geometry of the plating between layers from the cut out shape and plating flag. To include inter-layer connectivity as a layer would however probably not be a good idea because of the problem involved in working other direction.

> ..., I do think you call a drill
> drawing a layer ...

As is now the drill in practice end up as a circular cut out on all layers except if plugged via or other special technology is used. A drill drawing would more or less belong to board layer(s).

> > A layer is a flat surface made of particular material for example: copper
> > foil, solder mask, insulating board.
> 
> 
> My suggestion is that you modify your statement slightly and replace "A
> layer is a flat surface..." with "A layer -represents- a flat surface".

Yes "A layer -represents- a flat surface" is a better expressed.

> ... A circular piece of copper could be in a group/pattern
> container (e.g. a component footprint) and also in a layer container. You
> would be able to access the primitive from either container.

I agree.

> Yes, I completely agree. You could even have multiple drill layers if you
> wanted to. For example, a drill layer for the top side, a drill layer for
> the bottom side, and drill layers for any or all inner layers. This could
> be useful in implementing blind/buried vias.

Drill belong to board layer as circular cut out. As is now drill make a circular cut out in all layers. For blind/buried vias it would be a circular cut out only in some layers. Even though drill belong to board as circular cut out it may create a problem to tell which layers should be drilled for a buried/blind via if starting point is knowledge is about which layers should be connected but with possibility to update already used via it should probably work fine.

> The via editor will help the user to define all required via layers
> >
> and apply designrules that test for manufacturability.
> >
> 
> I would just say footprint/pattern editor. A via is really no different
> from a footprint/pattern when it comes down to it.

Yes, there is a difference how and then they are used although otherwise it would be good if all drawing primitives are available for all of them and then same editor would be natural.

> --Chad


Nicklas Karlsson

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