Swell Pads

Next we will make minor adjustnents to shrink the pads a little.

Select Setup>D Codes
Which will bring up a list of all the pads used. You will probably just want to select all of them.
Then select Operations>Swell
and input somewhere around -0.002 (2 mil) to shrink all the pads by 0.002 inches in each direction.
You'll now see that your pads are thinner. This prevents bridging since the laser is not perfectly precise and tends to 'go over' the boundaries by a few mils.
This guide was first published on Feb 25, 2013. It was last updated on Feb 25, 2013.
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