Adding external Part Libraries, DRCs, and CAM files to Diptrace

Stephen Kraig |   |  Diptrace, EDA, Engineering, Parts

This article will discuss the process of adding part libraries and DRC rule files to Diptrace. The repository for all of the MacroFab specific Diptrace files can be found on our Github here. Instructions covering how to clone the repository onto your computer can be found here.

Importing MacroFab Part Libraries into Diptrace PCB

Open a copy of Diptrace PCB and navigate to Library -> Library Setup…

Figure 1: Library Setup


On this screen, select “User Components” from the options in the Groups section and press “Add Library”

Figure 2: Adding a Library


Navigate to the directory that the Github repository was cloned into. In most cases, the cloned directory will be:

C:\Users\<USER NAME>\Documents\GitHub\EDALibraries\Diptrace\Libraries 

Your file path may be different. Select all of the library files and press open.

Figure 3: DipTrace Libraries


The MacroFab libraries will now be included in your “User Components” and are ready to use.

Importing MacroFab Rule Files Into Diptrace

To import a rule file into Diptrace select Route -> Load Rules

Figure 4: Loading Rules


Navigate to the rule files within the cloned Github repository on your computer. In most cases, the cloned directory will be:

C:\Users\<USER NAME>\Documents\GitHub\EDALibraries\Diptrace\Rule files

Although, your path may be different.



In this window you select one of 4 rule files. Most PCBs will use MF_Standard.rul. You can find the rule definition for these files on our capability page here. Once you have selected the rule file, press Open. The rule file will update the DRC rules in Diptrace according to MacroFab’s capabilities.