Welcome to the AutoTRAX DEX Blog. Here you will learn loads of background information on AutoTRAX DEX.

Welcome to the AutoTRAX DEX Blog

Here you will learn loads of background information on AutoTRAX DEX.


 

Bargain collection of solderless breadboards

Just bought this lot for only £8.99 from Amazon.co.uk. Oddly its $12.99 from Amazon.com. Solderless breadboard is convenient for the testing of the temporary prototypes and experiment circuit design and other DIY projects. Essential tool for the Arduino; Raspberry Pi....

In Search of Visual Perfection

Noticed on some boards that the PCB base weave creates impressions visible in the final board. DEX now optionally adds this to your PCB in 3D. Without solder mask. With solder...

Rotating Part Symbols

This video shows you how you can rotate schematic symbols easily and avoid the symbol breaking up or becoming muddled.  

3D Surface Materials

This video shows you how you can set the material texture for 3-D parts that you import into AutoTRAX DEX. It also shows you how to modify the characteristics of the imported material to effectively have the equivalent of thousands of different textures....

Manually Routing with Automatic Un-routed Track Optimization

Added option in manual router settings to automatically optimize all un-routed tracks of a selected net when manually routing. This is on by default. This is an application/user setting. Not a project setting. Try manually routing the project below. DEX-UNO...

Raspberry PI 3

Just bought a Raspberry PI 3 with official box.  Really well made. O/S very powerful. It may be possible to run DEX Active3D on it. Running on my 30" monitor Stunned to find it came with Mathematica installed. This is the full screenshot. I entered the plots. 'Eat...

MAOZUA 5MP 20x-300x Optical Zoom USB Microscope

have just bought a MAOZUA 5MP 20x-300x Optical Zoom USB Microscope from Amazon A year ago I bought a Supereyes B008 1~500X 5.0MP USB. This was pure junk. twice the price of the MAOZUA. Sent it back. First  photo from an Arduino UNO This is the...

Software License for Multiple Machines and Users

Having paid for a full license, you can install DEX wherever you want, home or office and on any number of machines. The only restriction is that DEX should be running on only one machine at a time. So several different people can use DEX, but only one person at a...

Anodes v Cathodes

Why is the anode on the battery negative? Answer It has to do with passive sign convention. The diode absorbs power, the battery delivers it. Anyway, the point is don't use anode/cathode. Use mathematics +/- Works in all countries. Anode/Cathode is a throwback to the...

Is this real?

Thanks to Mick for providing this design done in AutoTRAX DEX Yes the 3D is computer generated by...

Renumbering Pads for PCB parts

This video shows you how to easily renumber pads in either the part editor or on actual PCBs by simply clicking on each pad in turn.

Devices v Parts v Footprints v Symbols

Often PCB designers refer to the 2D images they see in the PCB design viewport as footprints (IPC -> Land Patterns). Really they are 2D representations of physical devices (parts). In reality they are more than footprints/land patterns (which are just the copper...

Colored sockets and leads

You can now set the material for part leads in 3D to either gold, dull gold, silver or matt silver. You can now set the color for IC sockets. Currently only DIPs can have...

Which is the best machine for DEX?

In my experience the best machine is one that has been designed for gaming. This will give you excellent graphics, both 2-D and 3-D. I would suggest picking one that's very high performance but not to the extreme, as you will be paying for cutting-edge...

Copy PCB Border Between Designs

You can now copy a PCB Border complete with cutouts and holes into another Project using copy and paste. Select the PCB border in the design you want to copy from, and copy. In the target PCB just paste. All holes and cutouts will transfer. You can do this with two...

The Not so Sad Demise of the NET Layer

Net layer. Totally pointless! What’s it doing there… Geerrrrr. How could I be so stupid? A legacy of the dinosaur thinkers of PCB design software in the last millennium. What it really should be is a checkbox to show/hide unrouted tracks. With that in...

Attributes

You can add attributes to anything in DEX. e.g. line, symbols, groups.  

Creating an Array of Circuits

This video shows you how to create a rectangular array of circuits by simply selecting, setting row and column counts, and dragging.  

SpacePilot Pro

Active3D now works with the SpacePilot Pro. Only view rotation at the moment but loads more to come. Find out...

Configurable title blocks

The example show a title block with some graphics dragged from the library. Just create any collection of graphics. Add text with tags Group the result. Place it. Lock it. Done! Can copy and paste between projects or save to the library as artwork. Use the following...

DEX vrs. POV-RAY

DEX will render using POV-RAY. However it is really slow. The real-time graphics in DEX will give you excellent results in real-time. POV-RAY - not real-time DEX -...

Sockets for DIP ICs

You can optionally add sockets to your DIP devices. All the 3D is automatically...

Why do people want to do board design starting with the PCB?

Why do people want to do board design starting with the PCB and not use schematics? It's like buying a pile of wood and getting the saw and hammer out and off you go. May work when building a dog house but anything bigger will leave you in the dog house. A little...

J-Leads

Somebody mentioned about Quad devices not having J-Leads Here's what DEX can...

Best way to take a DEX ‘photo’

View from top with no perspective. Select 3D view tab. Click 3D/View/Top Press Home key Turn perspective off 3D/View/Perspective Press Ctrl+C to copy image to the clipboard. Paste it to another...

Part Creation Workflow

What device? Search for datasheet Open datasheet Optionally Add datasheet to part Optionally Set short description Optionally Set long description Set part name Optionally Set web site Select type of part DIP/SOIC etc. How many pins? Optionally...

Trusting Other Peoples Parts – Don’t …. PERIOD

As most of you probably know I repeatedly state that you should never trust parts created by others. Don't even trust your own parts. Check, check and check again.Even check the datasheet! Here's Microchip's statement at the end of their 24AA044 datasheet. Information...

Buggy graphics card driver cause ‘strange’ program behaviour

The development of graphics cards for PCs over the last 20 years has been tremendous. The marketing window of a new card is very short, often only about 6 months. As a result I suspect the graphics card driver shipped with the card can often be a rushed job and is...

Website redesign looking good

The main effort in changing this website over to Wordpress from .NET MVC5 is now complete. The new site now makes it far easier to add additional content.  

Trojan Horses

Free but not free or “I’m off to Cancun” You wake up and the sun is shining. Yep, it’s a great day. “I fancy a bit of that electronic designing that I keep hearing about” you proclaim as you drink your first coffee of the day. So...

Norton Anti-Virus becomes Anti-Everything

https://community.norton.com/en/forums/trojangen8-false   Solution Uninstall Norton Ask for your money back. Use the FREE AVG Make sure it's the free one. When installing, watch out for it installing Yahoo in your browser....

Updating Website

Website Update The website is being updated on Saturday 25th. February, 2017. It should be all working.

Secure Web Site

DEXPCB web pages are now secured using the HTTPS protocol. HTTPS provides authentication of the website and associated web server with which one is communicating, which protects against man-in-the-middle attacks. Additionally, it provides bidirectional encryption of...

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