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Eagle board area

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02-16-2017 03:56 AM

 

What is the maximum board area in Eagle standard???  Is it 160cm2

 

Is this area dynamic??  I.e could I have a 10 x16cm board or an 8 x 20cm board???  or a 4 x 40cm board??

 

Thanks

 

Phil

Hi Phil,

Greatly appreciate your participation on the forum.  You are correct, the standard edition board size limit of 160cm^2 is dynamic from the origin of the page into the positive quadrant. Please note this board size limitation is only for component placement, the actual board outline can be of any size. 

I hope this helps.

Best Regards,

Ed

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Re: Eagle board area

02-16-2017 07:30 AM in reply to: pmoulder78

Hi Phil,

Greatly appreciate your participation on the forum.  You are correct, the standard edition board size limit of 160cm^2 is dynamic from the origin of the page into the positive quadrant. Please note this board size limitation is only for component placement, the actual board outline can be of any size. 

I hope this helps.

Best Regards,

Ed

Please 'accept as solution' if my reply resolves your issue.


Edwin Robledo
Technical Support Specialist EAGLE
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Re: Eagle board area

03-17-2017 09:18 AM in reply to: edwin.robledo

Hi

 

I have the Premium version and this one advertises an unlimited area.  I don't believe that this is really true.  I need to make two boards, each of which has a width of ~16 inches, but the two of them have dramatically different lengths.  The "short" one is a little over 4 feet in length and the "long" one is a little under 16 feet.  The short one does absolutely fine, but the long one says that "y" values of ~2400.00 millimeters are invalid values and the board won't load.  Can you tell me the actual practical limit?

 

Thanks, 

Tom

 

PS--The board has a VERY large number of repetitive elements (600 resistors) and I used an external program to write the .brd file.

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Re: Eagle board area

03-17-2017 09:37 AM in reply to: Thomas.Hemmick

Thomas.Hemmick wrote:

Hi

 

I have the Premium version and this one advertises an unlimited area.  I don't believe that this is really true.  I need to make two boards, each of which has a width of ~16 inches, but the two of them have dramatically different lengths.  The "short" one is a little over 4 feet in length and the "long" one is a little under 16 feet.  The short one does absolutely fine, but the long one says that "y" values of ~2400.00 millimeters are invalid values and the board won't load.  Can you tell me the actual practical limit?

 

Thanks, 

Tom

 

PS--The board has a VERY large number of repetitive elements (600 resistors) and I used an external program to write the .brd file.


Hi Thomas,

 

EAGLE 7 used to be advertised as having a maximum board area of 4m x 4m and I am sure EAGLE 8 is supposed to be the same so 2400mm shouldn't be an issue... I think this is one for Ed or Jorge to investigate as it sounds like something isn't quite right there. If you rotate your board through 90 degrees so the 2400mm length is in the horizontal rather than the vertical does it give the same error?

 

Best Regards,


Rachael 

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Re: Eagle board area

03-17-2017 12:51 PM in reply to: Thomas.Hemmick
Hi Tom,

Thanks for participating. The actual maximum limit is 4meters by 4meters, which means that the 16 feet board is too long, because 4 meters is about 13 feet.

We've never run into a user that needs a board that long, nor can I think of any manufacturer that could make a single piece PCB 16 feet long.

I learned something new today.

Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.

Best Regards,

Jorge Garcia
Product Support Specialist for EAGLE
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Re: Eagle board area

03-27-2017 04:47 PM in reply to: jorge.garcia

http://www.allflexinc.com/blog/maxi-flex-simplifies-electronic-packaging/

 

AllFlex makes a product called maxiflex for which they have made outputs up to 40 feet long.  Mine is only 16 feet long.  It is used to make devices like this one:

 

 

Both the Cu and Al stripes are kapton flexible circuits.  Eagle is able to design the smaller one for me, but unfortunately chokes on the big one.  Is there any possibility that the size could be extended???

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Re: Eagle board area

03-28-2017 10:04 AM in reply to: Thomas.Hemmick
Hi Thomas.Hemmick,

I hope you're doing well. That is cool, thanks for sharing the picture. For the time being I don't think we can extend the board limits in time for your project deadline.

What I would suggest is to make gerbers for an 8 foot board and then using a gerber editor or through the cooperation of your board house have them merge the two sets of gerbers together end to end to get the 16 feet you need.

I've done this in the past(with LEDs) and it works well, especially on a board made up of repetitive elements. You can actually stitch the two gerbers yourself if you want to using a tool like Viewmate.

Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.

Best Regards,

Jorge Garcia
Product Support Specialist for EAGLE
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