I have created a component with a simple pattern using tracks and arcs as shown in the link below.

How to Build Custom PCB Heater Elements

However, Altium DRC is throwing errors since I have used 2 different pads on both the ends of the element track/arc, which are used to power the element.

Can anyone shed some light on how to make a proper resistive element heating component?



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I did something like this. The approach I took was a bit different. I created two components that had a single pad each. On the schematic, I connected these components together with a trace. In the layout, I created a serpentine trace to join the two components together. DRC was happy. Everything was fine. Instead of having a heater component, I had a heater PCB.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Hi Keith, thanks for the reply. I like your approach and its easy for the single pattern designs. However, it would be easier and time-saving if we know how to make a component and use it repeatedly in complex designs like series of similar patterns required. I think Net-Tie should work will try and see. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dee
    Jan 23, 2019 at 10:17

Thanks for the comments and yes Net-Tie is the correct thing to use for this work.

Here are few references if anyone needs.

Intentionally Connecting Two Nets

Using Net Ties to Meet PCB Design Requirements

Net Ties and How to Use Them - SMTnet


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