Would like to put non-copper traces (eg fab traces) onto PCB during layout


#1

There are times when I would like to put some temporary non-copper traces on my PCB to help with placement, or mark temporary keepout areas that I will remove once I don’t need them anymore.
I tried using a variety of trace types and layers (eg fab) but I would get the “not on copper layers” error message.

I have resorted to using top and bottom copper traces, but this is not a satisfying solution. I cannot run traces that intersect, which means I need to remove my registration traces before I am done with them.

Why can I not use fab lines on copper layers?


#2

Why not use the normal graphical tool that is intended to be used for technical layers? (What would be the benefit of using traces instead of normal lines?)


#3

Hmm… a kicad feature I’m not familiar with. Breadcrumb trail please?


#4

The right toolbar has more drawing tools than the interactive router :wink: (There is a add graphical lines tool)


#5

Cool. I only used the dashed line for the edge cut, and the arch/circle tools to add a circle and semicircle for a project.

Thanks! … bandit