6 Replies Latest reply on Sep 6, 2017 5:55 AM by rachaelp

    Error using Mirror tool.. ...

    ezflyr

      Hi All,

       

      I'm using Eagle v6.6.0 standard edition, and I'm encountering an error when

      I try to move a component to the backside of the board using the mirror

      tool. The error is "The Standard Edition of Eagle cannot perform the

      Requested operation", and "Some objects extend outside the allowed board

      area".

       

      My board size is 5" x 3.5", and the component easily fits on the frontside

      of the board and Eagle is happy about it. The component outline itself is

      3.7" x 2.8", so it seems like in the act of mirroring that Eagle perceives

      the component to be outside the allowable area?

       

      The component in question is for a GLCD module, and simply consists of a 20

      pin header, 4 mounting holes, and the part outline.

       

      Thanks,

       

      John  

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        • Re: Error using Mirror tool.. ...
          rachaelp

          Hi John,

           

          Is the package centred on it's origin or has the package been created with the origin on one corner? If it's been placed on a corner then mirroring it will mirror it on that corner such that part of the part would end up partially outside the board. If this is the case then you'll need to edit the part to centre it so that when it's mirrored it mirrors about its centre and sits directly below where it was on the bottom side.

           

          Best Regards,


          Rachael

            • Re: Error using Mirror t ool.. ...
              ezflyr

              Hi Rachel,

               

              OK, many thanks! Yes, the part has its origin at one corner, so I'm sure

              that is what is going on! This origin location is desirable for placement

              purposes, but I can work around that issue as long as I can get the part on

              the backside!

               

              Thanks,

               

              John

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                • Re: Error using Mirror tool.. ...
                  CadSoft Guest

                  On 05/09/17 16:50, jmorley@endeavour-usa.com wrote:

                  Hi Rachel,

                   

                  OK, many thanks! Yes, the part has its origin at one corner, so I'm sure

                  that is what is going on! This origin location is desirable for placement

                  purposes, but I can work around that issue as long as I can get the part on

                  the backside!

                   

                  Don't use the mirror tool directly. Use the "MOVE" tool to pick it up,

                  then click the middle button to mirror it and move it back onto the

                  valid board area before placing it.

                   

                    • Re: Error using Mirror tool.. ...
                      rachaelp

                      CadSoft Guest wrote:

                       

                      Don't use the mirror tool directly. Use the "MOVE" tool to pick it up,

                      then click the middle button to mirror it and move it back onto the

                      valid board area before placing it.

                      Yes that's a good suggestion! Except if you are using a mac and have no middle button of course....

                        • Re: Error using Mirror tool.. ...
                          CadSoft Guest

                          On 6/09/2017 6:22 a.m., rachaelp wrote:

                          CadSoft Guest wrote:

                           

                          Don't use the mirror tool directly. Use the "MOVE" tool to pick it up,

                          then click the middle button to mirror it and move it back onto the

                          valid board area before placing it.

                          Yes that's a good suggestion! Except if you are using a mac and have no middle button of course....

                           

                           

                           

                          Click the MOVE icon

                          Click on the element you wish to move

                          At this point the Element is stuck to the mouse.

                          Then, in the 'Parameter Toolbar' click on 'Mirrored'

                          The element is now mirrored on the mouse

                          Lastly place the element where you need it, within the edition constraints

                           

                           

                          HTH

                          Warren

                           

                           

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                            • Re: Error using Mirror t ool.. ...
                              rachaelp

                              warrenbrayshaw wrote on Wed, 06 September 2017 11:38

                              Click the MOVE icon

                              Click on the element you wish to move

                              At this point the Element is stuck to the mouse.

                              Then, in the 'Parameter Toolbar' click on 'Mirrored'

                              The element is now mirrored on the mouse

                              Lastly place the element where you need it, within the edition

                              constraints

                               

                               

                              Yes that works too...

                               

                              John,

                               

                              My post explained why mirror didn't work in your situation and how to fix

                              it so that it does (I make all my components centred on their origin so

                              that rotate/mirror work reliably) but Rob and Warren are quite right that

                              the best solution in your case is simply to use the MOVE command and use

                              its inbuilt mirroring capability. Sorry if my oversight made you alter your

                              component unnecessarily....

                               

                              Best Regards,

                               

                              Rachael

                               

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