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Include Net names when printing board

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robert_pellegrino
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Include Net names when printing board

When I print a BRD file from within Fusion, it will print the traces and pads, but not the Nets or labels.  I have tried printing to PDF and directly to the printer.   How do I print and have the pads labeled?

 

Fusion 360 2.0.15995 x86_64

Windows 10

 

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Hi @robert_pellegrino,

 

I hope this message finds you well. The only way to do this would be to take a screenshot of the screen. We don't print out the net names in the traces and pads, these are just meant as a visual aid while working on your electronics design but not for documentation.

 

What do you need this for? Maybe I can give you some other options.

 

Best Regards,



Jorge Garcia
​Product Support Specialist for Fusion 360 and EAGLE

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Message 3 of 7

Jorge,

I need this for documentation, of course.  If I wish to reference a design offline, email it to a colleague, include it in a published paper... There are countless reasons why you might want to print all or part of a board layout to a PDF or printer.  The one thing that all of these scenarios have in common is that they are next to useless without the labels on the pads and traces.  I can't imagine why you would leave them off without even the option of including them.

 

--bob

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Hi @robert_pellegrino,

 

I hope you're doing well. In a manufacturing context those labels are usually submitted as a netlist, which you can generate on for your design. You can do it in the 2D PCB by going to the Manufacturing menu > IPC-D-356 netlist or typing EXPORT in the CLI followed by enter and then selecting Netlist.

 

Having those net names on the traces and pads on a printed sheet would quickly become unintelligible in even a modestly complex design. I recommend exporting the netlist and including that in the documentation if it is necessary.

 

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

 

Best Regards,



Jorge Garcia
​Product Support Specialist for Fusion 360 and EAGLE

Kudos are much appreciated if the information I have shared is helpful to you and/or others.

Did this resolve your issue? Please accept it "As a Solution" so others may benefit from it.
Message 5 of 7

Jorge,

I think that Autodesk should allow the user to decided when and if a particular presentation is unintelligible or unwieldy.  There are plenty of scenarios where this functionality would be useful to document all or part of a board.  Think about a magazine article or web page or just an email exchange between colleagues.  What is effective communication to a manufacturing entity is not how you communicate with a human being.  

 

Netlists are for computers.  Pictures are for humans.

Message 6 of 7

Hi @robert_pellegrino 

 

I hope you're doing well. Just to make sure we are on the same page, you want the net labels to appear in the printout similar to this screenshot

jorgegarcia_0-1682542240765.png


I want to make sure when I put in the request, that I'm requesting the right thing.

 

Please confirm.

 

Best Regards,



Jorge Garcia
​Product Support Specialist for Fusion 360 and EAGLE

Kudos are much appreciated if the information I have shared is helpful to you and/or others.

Did this resolve your issue? Please accept it "As a Solution" so others may benefit from it.
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Yes, like that.

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