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Unformatted text preview: Beginning a Design Ultiboard User Guide 2-2 ni.com 2.1 About Designs and Projects Designs are stored inside projects, allowing you to group them together for easy access. In this way, all designs that have a logical connection between them (that is, they may all relate to a specific project) are conveniently located in one file. Depending on your version of Ultiboard, you can have as many projects and designs open as you wish. 2.2 Creating a Project To create a new project file: 1. Choose File/New Project . The New Project dialog box appears. 2. Type the project name in the Project name field. 3. From the Design Type drop-down list, select PCB Design. The other option allows you to use Ultiboard’s mechanical CAD capabilities (for front panels, enclosures, etc.). For more on these capabilities, see “ Using Mechanical CAD” on page 10-1. 4. Indicate the folder where the file is to be kept. Either accept the default shown in the Location field, or click the browse button to select a different location. 5. Click OK . The New Project dialog box disappears, and a blank design is opened, with the same name as that of the project file. The file you just created is also shown in the Projects tab of the Design Toolbox , along with its corresponding design. Note To give a new name to a design, right-click on it and choose Rename . Type a name for the project file Select PCB Design Accept the default location for the project Or Click the Browse button to select a location Creating a Design National Instruments Corporation 2-3 Ultiboard User Guide 2.3 Creating a Design A design is created automatically when you create a project file. You can also create a design and assign it to an existing project file. Remember that a design myst always be associated with a project. To create a design file: 1. Choose File/Open and open the project to which the design is to be added, if it is not already open. 2. Choose File/New Design . The New Design dialog box appears. 3. Type the design name in the Design Name field. 4. From the Design Type drop-down list, select PCB Design. (For more information on the Mechanical CAD Design file type, see “ Using Mechanical CAD” on page 10-1.) 5. Choose which of the open projects is to contain the design. The Add to project drop-down list shows only the open projects. 6. Click OK . The New Design dialog box disappears, and a blank design with the name that you specified is opened. The Projects tab shows that the new design is a part of the project file that you specified. 2.4 Creating a Design from a Netlist File You can create a design based on a netlist file. A netlist contains information about a given board's nets (the electrical connections between pins) and components. Multisim generates a .EWNET file which has all the details required to import the schematic into Ultiboard....
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2012 for the course E E 316 taught by Professor Ridiggio during the Spring '11 term at Penn State.
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