Block Generator Connection Group Flow Through

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#1 Block Generator Connection Group Flow Through

Hi, I think we made a mistake using the block generator and connection groups. This topic seems similar, but I'm not entirely sure: https://my.skycad.ca/forums/got-question-got-issue/connection-points-con...

We have some symbols created with the block generator, which seemed to work out well. In our case we have some circuit boards with connectors on them, where each pin needs to be connected to a specific pin on another device. During block creation, we used the add multiple generic terminals feature to group all the pins to a channel that are on the same connector. The issue now is that these pins are when these pins are connected to a terminal block, the net is flowing through the entire group, leading to terminals being assigned incorrectly.

Wait! I think I answered my own question, I just found the Flow Through setting on the connection group and turned it off, which I think solves my issue. Is there a way to show the Flow Through setting for the channel in the Block Generator table view?

You've got it

Thanks for posting on the forum.

Your question is not quite the same as the other forum discussion you referenced.

...we used the add multiple generic terminals feature to group all the pins to a channel that are on the same connector.
You used the SHIFT key to add multiple terminals to a channel correct? Yes, in the case of generic terminals, this is designed to activate the flow-through. This was designed to be used for devices that have terminals that are internally bridged; e.g. a power supply that has two "+" terminals that are internally bridged.

Is there a way to show the Flow Through setting for the channel in the Block Generator table view?
No. It's a bit complex to explain, but the connection point group flow through property is a property of the work block that is generated by the block generator, not the component created with the block generator.

In conclusion, in the block generator, don't use the SHIFT key when adding generic terminals, unless you want them to be internally bridged.

Does this help?

That's correct, I used the

That's correct, I used the SHIFT key to add multiple terminals to a channel. Not doing this in the future will be ok. To fix the ones we have already made, it seems to work ok to go in afterwards and clear the Flow Through setting.

OK, perfect

To fix the ones we have already made, it seems to work ok to go in afterwards and clear the Flow Through setting.
Indeed, this will be fine.

Hi there, I have a slightly

Hi there, I have a slightly different case. I have a block generated by the block generator here. I would like to activate flow through for the 8 ports at the bottom of this block. Each port on the left should flow through to the port on the right. For example, port 23 flows to 24 and 33 to 34, etc.

Is there a way to edit this block in place to do this?

 

If I created a new block from scratch and used SHIFT to create internally bridged ports, how do I do this with a Left Generic and Right Generic port?

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Try this.

Thanks for posting on the forum.

it is possible by manually modifying once it's generated.

- Once the block is generated, select it and click 'Home/Open block'

- You should have a single channel block on one side having two terminal blocks.

- Start by selecting the entire channel block, right-click and chose 'Explore block'

- From the dialogu box, uncheck the 'Draw contour' property and click OK.

- Select one of the terminal block, and click 'Drawing/Flip horizontally'

- Move the block so that it is placed on the opposite side of the other terminal.

- At this point you will need to fine tune the graphical appearance to compensate for the 'Draw contour' that was turned off as well as text attribute that might need to be moved around and readjusted.

Let us know if it works out.