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Offline BEAMerTopic starter

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Pin mismatch always happening in EAGLE layout software
« on: February 08, 2010, 12:33:11 PM »
Hi,

I am good at soldering stuff on a general purpose PCB, but when I need to make many boards, I  think making professional PCBs are a good option...

In my place, they charge half a dollar for a square inch of layout (I am talking about normal 1 layer throughhole board) making and then separate charge for fabricating the PCB. And PCB fabrication is much cheaper to than the layout making...

So, i set out to make my own layout in EAGLE (EAGLE 5.6.0 Light) for a PIC microcontroller board and before giving it for fabrication, I took a print out and found that the pins are in a mismatch... That is, if i position the first pin of the 40 pin PIC on the printed layout, all the other pins are in mismatch...

I dont know what could be the reason!

I actually did it the proper way, that is, first the schematic and then convert it into a layout. I even took the correct part from the part library in EAGLE.

Are there any settings that i must follow while taking print out or something...?


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Re: Pin mismatch always happening in EAGLE layout software
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2010, 12:42:27 PM »
When you do file>print, make sure the scale factor is 1.

Also, make sure you selected the proper PIC device. There may be several different packages for the same PIC

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Re: Pin mismatch always happening in EAGLE layout software
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010, 10:55:39 PM »
Hi Razor.. Thank you for your response.

I checked the scale factor and its by default 1 only.

And there is only one part in the library for the DIP package...

what else could be the problem?

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Re: Pin mismatch always happening in EAGLE layout software
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2010, 03:45:55 AM »
Is there an option to work in imperial or metric distance units? It may be that there is a mismatch between your layout units and the PIC package in the library. Is it only that part that is affected? What if you pick another DIP package and print?
   

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Re: Pin mismatch always happening in EAGLE layout software
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2010, 07:58:08 AM »
Try drawing a box on the silk layer to a know size, 1 inch by 1inch, and print that. This will tell you if the printer's output is truly 1:1.

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Re: Pin mismatch always happening in EAGLE layout software
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2010, 11:46:09 AM »
Hi,

I found the reason for the problem.
I forgot to mention in my first post that i was trying to generate a PDF from EAGLE and then taking a printout... there is the problem... some scale problem with the PDF maker.

Anyway, if i take a direct print out from EAGLE, its perfect. A perfect pin match  :)

EAGLE is very easy and amazing...  :)

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Re: Pin mismatch always happening in EAGLE layout software
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2010, 08:15:21 PM »
Hi,

I found the reason for the problem.
I forgot to mention in my first post that i was trying to generate a PDF from EAGLE and then taking a printout... there is the problem... some scale problem with the PDF maker.

What PDF driver did you use?
Might be good for others to know it's no good for this.

You can try this file to see if it prints OK for you, it's made with CutePDF as the printer driver (needs GhostScript installed).
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Re: Pin mismatch always happening in EAGLE layout software
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2010, 09:03:05 PM »
Hi,

I didn't want to mention it earlier... I was actually using Adobe Acrobat 7.0  ;D
But i don't know what could be a problem with that. Do you suspect there will be any settings in the PDF maker which will solve this issue...? I couldn't find anything though.

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« Last Edit: February 25, 2010, 09:05:10 PM by BEAMer »

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Re: Pin mismatch always happening in EAGLE layout software
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2010, 09:10:11 PM »
Thanks for the file, Soeren! From the looks of it, i feel it will suffer the same problem.
But anyway, i ll take a print out and see... If its good, then i ll start using CutePDF.

The main reason why i went for PDF is that, its easy for documentation and moreover, i don't have a laser printer at home... so i felt it will be easy to generate a PDF and take the printout wherever i want...

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Re: Pin mismatch always happening in EAGLE layout software
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2010, 09:15:43 PM »
Hi,

I do this from time to time and never had any problem.
It will show different on "100%" on different screens of course, but it should print out correctly... Or the printer is causing it.
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Re: Pin mismatch always happening in EAGLE layout software
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2010, 09:24:47 PM »
hmmm...

Thats a good point. Till now i didn't suspect the printer. Adding to the uncertainity, i took the PDF print on one printer and the EAGLE-direct print on a different printer.

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Re: Pin mismatch always happening in EAGLE layout software
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2013, 06:30:29 AM »
Hello,

I know this is an old thread but I wanted to share my experience.


I faced the same problem as BEAMer did. I searched online for the solution and I found this thread. The problem was gone when print command was directly given from the eagle.

But later I found out where the actual problem is. A print window pops up when you click on print icon in the pdf document. In that window,on the left side, there are some options to be selected under "Page Sizing & Handling". It was defaultly set to "Shrink oversized pazes" and I changed it to "Actual size" and the problem was solved.


Thought it will be useful to people who face the same problem.

PVKS

 


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