I made a custom part footprint in Eagle for a potentiometer ACP SPAIN 22k however in order to achieve a good fit I would like to draw non circuilar through hole pads.

If you look at a picture of the component, you'll see that the pads should have more of a "rectangular" hole rather than a circular one. I can get around this by using a larger circular hole but that would be a rough fix. enter image description here As far as my understanding goes, there is no direct way to do this on Eagle and you need to draw the holes on layer 46 (milling layer).

Could you please guide me through the exact procedure to do this? I don't understand if I can simply use the line tool on layer 46 or what tool I should use to draw the milling shape.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't know how to do it, someone else can answer that. What I wonder about is WHY would you do this, considering that millions of PCBs out there use round holes for this part? I think you are trying to fix what is not broken to begin with. \$\endgroup\$
    – Maple
    Jun 8 '18 at 20:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ I can use round holes and in this case you can get away with round holes easily. But what if I had to mount a power jack like this. I think in this case round holes would be a waste. \$\endgroup\$
    – mickkk
    Jun 8 '18 at 20:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Here is a datasheet from the manufacturer. They clearly specify round mounting holes. \$\endgroup\$
    – Maple
    Jun 8 '18 at 20:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh. Ok then. Do you think it would be justified to use other shapes of holes, for example in the case of the DC jack? \$\endgroup\$
    – mickkk
    Jun 8 '18 at 20:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes, in case of power jacks it makes sense. That pot picture was unnecessary for the question. This might help you \$\endgroup\$
    – Maple
    Jun 8 '18 at 21:05

Almost always even though the pins themselves are rectangular, you still layout circular holes on the PCB. For example, the datasheet for the potentiometer you listed shows what I believe is your part on page 17:

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Notice the right-most drawing, that is what you should draw for the PCB footprint and there are 3 circular holes you should solder.

If you intended this to be a solder-less part, this particular potentiometer is not ideal. In the datasheet listed this is marked with the annotation "SNP not possible", or "snap-in" not possible.

If you intended to have the potentiometer retained mechanically, use a part like the V2,5:

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Notice that the manufacturer still specifies the PCB layout to use round holes, however now the pins on the potentiometer are curved and spring-y so it will be mechanically retained.


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