implement geometric distribute/alligment of parts

Bug #1811557 reported by zakhar nasimov on 2019-01-13
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Tomasz Wlostowski

Bug Description

currently pcbnew does not permit users to distribute and align parts in a geometric fashion according to user drawn shapes. allowing users to position parts in their specifically drawn shapes far more precise than the current create array tool.

the feature should have a dialog for the user to specify geometric shape by drawing a temporary shape around which the parts are to be aligned and distributed.

Application: kicad
Version: 5.0.0, release build
    wxWidgets 3.0.4
Platform: Linux 4.19.7-gentoo x86_64, 64 bit, Little endian, wxGTK
Build Info:
    wxWidgets: 3.0.4 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8) GTK+ 2.24
    Boost: 1.65.0
    OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.9.1
    Compiler: GCC 7.3.0 with C++ ABI 1011

Build settings:

Kerusey Karyu (keruseykaryu) wrote :

Take a look at the "Create array..." tool. You can access it from the context menu or by hiting Ctrl-T while cursor is over component.

zakhar nasimov (thedocument) wrote :

its not the same thing and will not work since you may well have many different footprints instead of just a single type.

description: updated
zakhar nasimov (thedocument) wrote :

also create array is very inaccurate and cumbersome since you are not permitted to draw a guide circcle or other geometric primitive to which you want your footprints orientated to.

summary: - implement radial distribute/alligment of parts
+ implement geometric distribute/alligment of parts
description: updated
description: updated
description: updated
description: updated
Seth Hillbrand (sethh) on 2019-01-13
Changed in kicad:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Nick Østergaard (nickoe) wrote :

I don't think this bug is of much use without examples on what is expected, and how it is supposed to work.

Create array are not inaccurate, it is very accurate, it may be a bit hard to use as there is no real-time updates, so you could happen to need to undo and redo new settings.

Changed in kicad:
status: Triaged → Incomplete
Seth Hillbrand (sethh) wrote :

@Nick- I think the idea of distributing along other elements on the board is pretty straight-forward and could be helpful. I imagine it working in a method similar to the Solidworks implementation. Let's keep this triaged for now. Create array is a good tool for some things but it doesn't move existing elements

Changed in kicad:
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Tomasz Wlostowski (twlostow) wrote :

Falls in the geometry constraint solver work package.

Changed in kicad:
assignee: nobody → Tomasz Wlostowski (twlostow)
milestone: none → 6.0.0-rc1
zakhar nasimov (thedocument) wrote :

The create array is vastly inaccurate in the likes of the feature this bug is calling for. Manually laying a geometric shape is far more accurate than the create array tool since it is finely placed by the user in a given area.

zakhar nasimov (thedocument) wrote :

Also the feature permits far more shapes and sizes making this feature vastly superior in precision and customization to the distribution of parts.

Seth Hillbrand (sethh) wrote :

Please lets not clutter this bug report with debate over other tools. It makes it harder to find/resolve issues.

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