01 January 1970

Expedition PCB Introduction (v2007)

Pricing: 2600 EUR
Course Part Number: 236556

Course Overview
Expedition 2007 Introduction presents the workflow and methods of laying out a printed circuit board using the latest version of Mentor Graphics Expedition PCB. From fundamental library concepts, to the PCB editor environment and the PCB layout process, you will gain hands-on experience in integrating a source schematic, placing and routing the board and outputting the fabrication data.

Detailed lab exercises help reinforce what is discussed during the lectures and provide you with extensive tool usage experience under the guidance of our industry expert instructors.

You will learn how to

  • Create Padstacks, Cell (footprint) and Part (PDB) definitions, and build intelligence into components.
  • Create a Layout Template.
  • Start a PCB Layout by integrating with a schematic design.
  • Define Board Geometry
  • Place parts, swap pins & gates and back annotate.
  • Verify the Layout with on-line and batch Design Rule Checking
  • Utilize the Constraint Editor System (CES) to define layout and routing constraints
  • Route, using both manual/interactive and automatic routing tools.
  • Add test points
  • Generate Plane data
  • Finalize the Silkscreen
  • Generate Gerber Data
  • Generate Drill Data
  • Document the layout using the Drawing Editor to create dimensioned fabrication and assembly drawings

Hands-On Labs

Throughout this course, extensive hands-on lab exercises provide you with practical experience using Expedition PCB software. Hands-on lab topics include:

  • Library Overview
  • Creating Padstacks, Cells, Parts, and Layout Templates
  • PCB Editor Overview
  • Starting a PCB Layout
  • Defining Board Geometry
  • Placing Parts
  • Constraint Editor System
  • Verifying the Layout
  • Routing
  • Adding test points
  • Generating Planes
  • Finalizing the Silkscreen
  • Generating Gerber Data
  • Generating Drill Data
  • Dimensioning the design
  • Creating drawings


  • PCB Designers new to Expedition PCB
  • Electronic Engineers that need to understand the back end of the design process using Expedition PCB
  • CAD managers and administrators that need to understand the Expedition PCB layout process and data output


  • A working knowledge of PCB Design terminology
  • Schematic Capture knowledge preferred.
  • Basic Microsoft Windows skills

Key Topics

The course is divided into major processes with a lecture and hands-on labs for each module.

  • Using Libraries. Where the data files are stored and what they are called. How Expedition PCB interacts with the "Central Library". The Library Manager interface.
  • Creating Padstacks. The Padstack Editor. Creating SMD and Through-hole pad geometries.
  • Creating Cells. The Cell Editor. Creating simple SMD and through hole component footprints.
  • Creating Parts. The Parts Database Editor. Mapping schematic symbols to Cells. Building intelligence into components.
  • Creating a Layout Template. Why you need layout templates and how you create them.
  • Using the PCB Editor. The Expedition PCB layout editor. Panning and zooming. Manage graphics and colors with the Display Control. Place Mode vs. Route Mode vs. Draw Mode. Selecting and highlighting objects. Finding parts and nets.
  • Setting Up for Layout. Integrating with a schematic design. The Job Management Wizard and Project file. Forward annotation. Layer setup. Backing up the layout.
  • Drawing a board outline using precision input. Placing mounting holes, origins, and obstructs. General drawing commands and tips.
  • Placing Parts. Placing components on the layout. Moving, rotating, and pushing components. Swapping pins & gates. Back annotation.
  • Verifying the Layout. Design Rules Checking. Reviewing and repairing violations.
  • Setting Up for Routing. Introduction to the Constraint Editor System
  • Routing Traces. Basic router settings. Net info. Fixing traces and vias. Basic manual/interactive routing.
  • Auto Routing. Specify auto routing parameters and automatically route a PCB.
    Test Points. Defining and setting parameters for test points. Manual and automatic test point placement.
  • Generating Planes. Negative vs. positive plane data. Plane shapes. The Planes processor. Deleting plane data.
  • Creating Silkscreen. Renumbering reference designators. Moving, rotating, and resizing reference designators. Adding text. Generating silkscreen graphics.
  • Generating Gerber and Drill Data. Photo-plotting setup. Photo-plotting. Reviewing Gerber data. NC Drill setup. Output files. DXF Out.
  • Drawing Editor-Dimensions. Using the Drawing Wizard. Creating a fabrication drawing sheet. Adding a board instance. Setting up dimensioning standards. Adding linear and ordinate dimensions.
  • Drawing Editor-Documentation. Creating multiple sheet drawings. COntrolling visibility of drawing elements. Creating an assembly drawing.

For more information:

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Twentepoort Oost 61-02
The Netherlands
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