A copper object is a copper area on a PCB. A copper area can be used for high power currents or to provide electromagnetic shielding. Copper areas can be fully filled or a filling pattern can be selected.

You can draw a copper area of any shape or you can create a copper object by copying its shape from another object.

Commands for the copper object

Command Description

PCB » Copper » Filling » Polygon

To draw a copper area.

PCB » Copper » Filling » Rectangle

To draw a rectangular copper area.

PCB » Copper » Filling » Ellipse

To draw a circular or elliptical copper area.

PCB » Copper » Filling » Polyline

To draw a copper area as a polyline.

PCB » Copper » Filling » Copper Plane

To create a copper area that covers the entire surface of the board.

PCB » Copper » Filling » Paste shape

Creates a copper area from the geometry of the object copied to the clipboard.

PCB » Copper » Split » Split area

Divides a copper area into electrically separate areas.

PCB » Copper » Split » Cutter width

Sets the thickness of the boundary line that divides a copper area.

How to create a copper area

How to modify a copper area

Recalculation of copper areas

By activating the Auto copper relaculation option in the Copper menu, copper areas are automatically recalculated during PCB editing. If this slows down the PCB editing operation too much, it is advisable to disable this option and perform manual recalculation by selecting the Recalculates copper areas command in the Copper menu.

Visibility of copper areas

The visibility of copper areas is set in the Views. You can show or hide copper areas regardless of the view settings by selecting the Always visible or Always hidden command in the Copper menu.

See also