A friend has asked me to sort out a breadboard layout for them.
I’ve created the schematic, exported to PCB New and drawn it using 2 layers.
Top layer is the layer showing the wire links and bottom layer the breadboard connections.
(There is a post somewhere about that but I can’t find it).
So far so good, connectivity is good ERC fine etc.
However I’m trying to figure out the easiest way to show how to make the circuit on the breadboard.
So far this is my solution:.
When laying out the PCB use 2.54mm grid.
Add wire links on top layer using 2mm track width
Complete connections on bottom layer using 0.8mm width.
Then create an array of vias which matches the holes in the breadboard.
Lock the breadboard vias.
Move the Layout onto the vias.
Adjust if needed.
The width of the tracks does not really matter. It’s more about showing the links on the top layer.
So far I have 2 options for showing how to make the circuit:
Generate a 3d view with the following settings:
Turn off solder resist.
Set PCB color to match breadboard color
Change color of top tracks (yellow)
Generate a layout view with the vias, top layer tracks and component outlines.
Typing this I’ve thought that it might be worth wile creating a breadboard silkscreen with the numbering on the breadboard.
Any other suggestions as to how best to generate a suitable output file?