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Re: [RFC] new connectivity algorithm - testers needed



Just start implementing my tools to new connectivity algorithm, and noticed
that via stitchin chain needs to as many copper pour fills as there are
chain links. Videos show what I mean.



new: https://youtu.be/ZV4AMstIdQY
old: https://youtu.be/QGr2p6M6Su0

On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 6:23 PM, Tomasz Wlostowski <
tomasz.wlostowski@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I've pushed the branch [1] containing a rewrite of the pcbnew's
> connectivity algorithm. By this algorithm, I mean:
> - computing the ratsnest and checking if all connections are complete
> - propagating net codes from the pads to the tracks/vias
> - removing unconnected copper islands in zones
> Compared to the old algorithm, it introduces several new
> features/improvements:
> - no limitations in via/zone connections - you can have loose (stitching
> vias), overlapping copper zones or zones connecting pads/vias without
> direct track connections.
> - items no longer loose their nets when not connected to any pad.
> connecting to a new pad causes automatic net code propagation.
> - the algorithm makes zero assumptions about connectivity of the items,
> vias in particular. This removes another obstacle importing designs from
> other tools (neither Eagle nor Altium make difference between stitching
> and 'ordinary' vias).
> - ratsnest can be calculated between any sort of copper items (not only
> pads). This is a must-have if we want to have copper arcs or arbitrary
> copper shapes in the future.
> - show local ratsnest works for the GAL
> - marking missing connections between overlapping objects on different
> layers
> - free via placement tool
> The branch also contains a bit of refactoring of the base pcbnew code:
> - hidden DLISTS behind iterators. Now you can use ordinary C++11 range
> based for to iterate over board's primitives. This is the first step
> towards cleanin up the storage model.
> As with all new stuff, there are some still some issues to sort out:
> - the legacy autorouter is currently disabled, as it relies a lot on the
> old connectivity algorithm's data model. We're working to migrate it to
> the new one alongside porting it to the GAL canvas.
> - there's no automated via stitching tool yet. I'm waiting to review
> Heikki's patches for the automagic via stitcher.
> - the message panel does no longer show the 'links' and 'nodes' counters
> as the new ratsnest has no direct counterpart for these. Is there any
> purpose for these counters other than diagnostics/debug?
> - some code formatting/cleanup may still be necessary
> @Heikki - once again, the sooner you'll publish your entire via
> stitching code, the higher the chance you'll get it integrated in Kicad.
> We can help with that.
> I encourage you to check out the branch, build it and test with your
> designs. In particular, if you tried zone stitching with single-pad
> components, try replacing them with vias and check if the board
> connectivity is correctly resolved and there are no DRC errors.
> I'll send some boards demonstrating the new features soon.
> Your feedback will be greatly appreciated!
> Cheers,
> Tom
> [1] https://github.com/twlostow/kicad-dev/tree/tom-connectivity-apr24
> PS. The final branch will also support per-net rat line visibility and
> colors as a bonus ;-)
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