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Three Ways To Simplify Output Generation Using Altium Designer Many of the delays involved with the PCB design to Manufacturing process can be avoided with accurate data and documented notes for fabrication and assembly. In addition, easily reproducing the required data can be a huge time saver for communication between PCB designer and fabricator. The Output Job Configuration file available in Altium Designer can provide a suitable solution for controlling and ultimately simplifying the output generation of Download PDF
Implementing Complex Pad Shapes Component pads are not always simply round or rectangular shapes. Analog, high-power, or RF components often require geometrically complex or irregular shaped pads. This paper details an easy and eﬃcient solution for when a user is confronted with having to quickly implement complex pad shapes that must meet the manufacturer’s layout requirements without resulting in DRC violations or manufacturing errors. TOPICS IN THIS SOLUTION Defining pad Download PDF
Queries - How to Utilize Rules to their Full Potential Queries allow you to find, isolate, and operate on objects in a PCB design. Altium Designer provides multiple methods of utilizing queries prioritized by particular rules. This will help you use the Query Builder and Query Finder, which are two essential tools for implementing the definitions of queries in diﬀerent areas of the PCB documents. TOPICS IN THIS SOLUTION “And” and “or” operators Help yourself with rules Custom query helper and builder Download PDF
5 Tips for Specifying PCB Hole Size Tolerance Learn how to quickly add and clearly communicate hole size tolerance specifications to your fabricator to ensure your PCB design is manufactured properly. One of the more forgotten topics in PCB design are the holes through which components are mounted. Specifying the tolerance of hole dimensions in PCB fabrication ensures proper fit of plated-through-hole (PTH) components. Just as important, those dimensions must be clearly communicated to the Download PDF
Variant Management Keeps Designs Synchronized Altium Designer gives you a robust centralized variant management system. You can define any number of variations of a base design, then manage component parameters and configure the components as fitted, not fitted, or alternate parts. As these variants share the same bare board and have impact on the assembly process only, we call these assembly variants. Now you will see how variant management in Altium Designer can harmonize design variations Download PDF
Automating Your ECO with Component Links Component links are what unite your schematic editor with your PCB layout. The utilization of unique IDs allows for the con- nection and net information to be communicated between the schematic and the PCB design. These links are important, as the seamless connection they create provides you with a truly uniﬁed design environment. TOPICS IN THIS SOLUTION A unified design environment Role, and purpose of component links A UNIFIED DESIGN Download PDF
Getting Your Layer Stack Right An improper layer stack in your PCB design is one of the most common errors leading to fabrication failures and rejects. Every multilayer circuit board needs a precise PCB stack-up and accurate layout before it can be sent for PCB manufacturing. When you have the right set of circuit board design tools, you can turn your stackup into a real PCB layout and prepare the documentation your fabricator needs. The multi-layer PCB troubleshooting tools Download PDF