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How SnapEDA creates an Anti-pad

December 22, 2020Viktorrine Ira

What is an Anti-Pad?

Anti-pad refers to the area around a plated through-hole, which voids or restricts other signal traces that should not be connected to that particular through-hole. This can also be added to avoid short-circuit between neighboring holes.

How do we add an anti-pad in Eagle? The only way to form a layout closer to an actual anti-pad in Eagle is by adding all restrict layers (tRestrict, bRestrict, vRestrict) around the plated through-hole. The only limitation with this method is it only restricts traces within the top and bottom layers, it does not add restrictions for internal PCB layers. Below is a simple graphic demonstration on how to draw an anti-pad in Eagle.

  • Using the Polygon tool, create the shape of your anti-pad in tRestrict layer (top layer).

  • Copy the created anti-pad in tRestrict layer and you now have a 2nd anti-pad. Make sure to change the layer of the 2nd anti-pad and set it to bRestrict (bottom layer).

  • Copy another one to have a 3rd anti-pad and set it to vRestrict layer (via layer).

Computer Engineer. Component Engineer at SnapEDA , SnapEDA

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