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how to add labels to silkscreen layer, like P1, P2, or TEST PIN, etc

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yaqoubdesign
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how to add labels to silkscreen layer, like P1, P2, or TEST PIN, etc

Is there a way to add text to the 2D pcb on the silkscreen layer?  I have several sets of  8 pin headers, each needing its own set of silkscreen labels

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You can embed text labels in the part itself or add independent text to any PCB layout. It is fiddly and bizaare like many things in F360 Electronics, so take a deep breath first.

In the PCB, simply select the TEXT tool, it is in the DOCUMENT menu in the DRAW submenu. It is hidden.
That will pull up a dialog that allows you to type text and pick some attributes. BEFORE pressing enter, use the mouse to place it on the PCB. It will likely be on the wrong layer, but jsut place it and press ENTER on the dialog box.

Once it is on the PCB, souble click the new text and the properties box will appear in the inspector pane - this is where you can selec the layer you want. After all that, you can move it to where it needs to be.

Crazy convoluted, but it can be done.

You can also right click a part and edit/add a NAME or VALUE for most parts that will appear and also move with the part. Both methods are valid, pick the one you like best.

Carlos Acosta
Factory400 - YouTube|Instagram
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yaqoubdesign
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Thanks, I finally got to it.

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wwfeldman
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when you click on DRAW, the drop down box lists several items

if you hover the cursor over text, three dots show on the right
you can use that to pin the "A" to the toolbar

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ritste20
in reply to: yaqoubdesign

You should also be able to select the tNames layer PRIOR to placing the text and then you wouldn't have to individually edit the properties of each identifier.

 

layer change.jpg

 

Regards,

 

Steve Ritter
Manufacturing Engineer

AutoCAD/Draftsight
Inventor/Solidworks
Fusion 360

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