The GLOSS command in layout

Discuss PCB123. Talk to the influencers. Be an influencer.

The GLOSS command in layout

    by Nolan Johnson » Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:15 pm

In talking to customers, I often find that newer users aren't aware of the GLOSS command in PCB123. I find this particular function to be extremely useful during the routing phase of the design.

Here's what the PCB123 manual says about GLOSS:

"The Gloss command automatically performs aesthetic rerouting. It typically removes redundant corners and segments, often spreads routes out, and generally fixes such minor problems as acute angles and 90-degree bends. An example is shown below. (in attachment)"

I often find that I can easily see how to group a series of traces from one area of the board to another, but getting all the angles, bends and spaces right the first time is certainly a challenge. I almost always end up crowded to one side of a chokepoint or other. But applying the GLOSS function to a trace route grouping to clean up my imperfections leaves well-formed, DRC correct, relatively optimal and smooth-flowing traces to replace my amateur ones.

Try the GLOSS function: it's a real time-saver.
Capture.PNG (26.66 KiB) Viewed 56731 times
Nolan Johnson
CAD/EDA Manager
Sunstone Circuits
13626 S. Freeman Road
Mulino, OR 97042
Phone: 800-228-8198
Fax: 503-829-6657
Nolan Johnson
Posts: 28
Joined: Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:00 am

Return to “General PCB123 Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest