MapBoards Pro (MBP) will create a map which is the arrangement of component bodies in a model on one or more boards or layout. The arrangement is done with copies of the bodies leaving the model in tact. Placement of the bodies is based on a tight retangular bounding box for the bodies. This provides quick results and reasonable nesting.
Select a simple design at first with only a few components to become familar with the options available. Launch MBP and enter the desired board or layout dimensions for each material type listed. Don't worry, MBP will not modify your model. The map created is a separate component, named map, found in the browser tree at the root which is cleared with each run of MBP or removed by pressing cancel when running MBP.
There are a number of options available in the Options tab. When trying the various options it is a good idea to select Report for the Map Output Type option which is the first option at the top of the Options tab page. It will create an html file which includes a view of the map, cut-list, required materials and the MBP options selected to create the map. This can be useful when comparing the effects of the different options. Just select a unique report name for each run.Experiment with the following option to get the results you desire.
- Arrange method - Arrangement Type
- Allow rotation - Can Rotate
- Select components to rotate - Selection Support
- The arrangements accounts for the amount of component spacing and trim on board specified in options. Minimizing their size helps.
- You can move components within or between boards in the resulting arrangement. Rearrange Map
There are a number of tasks that can be performed on the created map object. It is more efficient and recomended to create the map first then execute tasks on that map. The tasks available include labeling, exports of SVG, DXF, cutlist and report. A description of the tasks can be found here. Post-Mapping Tasks
The full list of available options can be found here. Options
For an overview of MapBoards Pro features and options watch this video.