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Group Components into Rooms for More Efficient Layout
The key to properly managing your component placements and traces is to utilize diﬀerent techniques of grouping objects together rather than individually modifying each individual object. A lot of users hate the idea of having to individually bring a component to the board layout. This paper details what Altium Designer can do to make layout management easier and less time consuming, allowing you to meet your project deadlines. TOPICS IN THIS
Quickly Create Project Libraries from the Schematic
Learn how to quickly create project libraries from the schematic for easy external sharing using the Parameter Manager in Altium Designer. When you are using an outside manufacturer, or sharing a design with another party that does not have access to your internal installed libraries, creating a project library makes the data easy to share. No matter how you created your library — from already installed libraries, Altium Vault libraries, or even
Pack More Complexity into a Smaller Footprint Using HDI
Learn how you can keep up with smaller PCB form factors by using high-density interconnect (HDI) techniques in your next PCB design project. To learn more about this topic please see the full solution - How to Pack More Complexity into a Smaller Footprint Using HDI - at Altium.com.
Adoptable, Adaptable and Agile: Key Factors in Successful ECAD-to-PLM Integration
There’s no question that sharing information between ECAD and PLM systems can be beneficial for both design engineers and product lifecycle managers. TOPICS IN THIS SOLUTION Edaconnect for Altium Designer Adoptable Adaptable Agile EDACONNECT FOR ALTIUM DESIGNER The question is how to enable eﬀective collaboration between them without adding unnecessarily to engineering overhead. Engineers and designers typically do not want to enter information
Confidently Capture All Design Details in the Design Document
The design document must capture all aspects of the design of a system. This includes the specification, design intent, design process and traceability back to the specification. Only then can the designer be confident that all relevant design information has been captured in one place. This paper is meant to be a guideline to prompt you to consider how to capture design details beyond the fabrication and assembly drawings. TOPICS IN THIS
Quickly Identify and Correct Mistakes with Electronic Rule Checking
A product lifecycle management (PLM) tool allows users to access all data related to corporate products. This includes all component and design data, but also other critical data such as cost, preferred suppliers and other relevant corporate data. They integrate data, processes, business systems, and ultimately people, oﬀering unrivaled transparency into extended enterprise. PLM systems allow companies to manage information throughout the entire
Creating Unusual Shapes in Altium Designer - The Donut
Meeting the Challenges of Wearable Devices with Rigid-Flex PCB Design
Learn more about Rigid Flex challenges and opportunities.
Using the Live Drill Table Improves PCB Production
The drill drawing layer provides the details such as the location of the holes to be drilled, the hole sizes, the hole tolerances, and other available pertinent information. This layer can ultimately aid the process of board fabrication. The ability to see a live drill table for PCB Design while designing a printed circuit board can help speed up the process by eliminating extra steps. This functionality can provide the ability to catch a
Design Data Management Part 2 — The Supply Chain
Learn how to verify PCB component availability and pricing directly from your design environment in Altium Designer. To learn more about this topic please see the full solution - Ensure Component Availability at Design Time - at Altium.com.
Team Collaboration & PCB Design
There was a time when once a circuit design was completed, it was handed off to “the PCB designer”, who then produced the board layout. Now, with products as complex as tablets, smartphones and even electronic games, there is no single person involved with the PCB. Products are designed by teams of experts and without the ability to effectively collaborate, time is wasted and errors introduced. TOPICS IN THIS SOLUTION The pitfalls of working in a
ActiveRoute for Altium Designer
Learn how to significantly improve the efficiency of your PCB routing process with guided routing technology in Altium Designer. To learn more about this topic please see the full solution - Enhance Your Routing Efficiency with ActiveRoute - at Altium.com.
Using Neck-Down Simplifies BGA Routing
To learn more about this topic please see the full solution - Simplify BGA Routing by Using Track Neck Downs - at Altium.com.
Creating 3D Component Bodies in a Footprint Library
Learn how to transfer accurate ECAD design data between MCAD and ECAD worlds to ensure your PCB design fits into its final assembly with 3D component bodies. To learn more about this topic please see the full solution - Creating Accurate 3D Component Bodies - at Altium.com.
Storage Manager File Safety Guaranteed
Learn how the ECAD storage manager in Altium Designer can help you to recover previous versions of a PCB design project and easily access all of your electronics design projects. How many times has this happened to you? You’re working on a project, when all of a sudden, you make some significant modification to it accidentally, and then save it, losing your previous work. In this document, we present a feature called Storage Manager a method that
Re-using Circuits with Snippets Shaves Design Time
Learn how to reuse circuits with snippets in Altium Designer to save time on your design process. Often, a commonly used circuit, such as a power supply that has met UL or EMI certification, may appear in many designs. Or, a circuit such as an output buffer, might be reproduced several times on one PDB. The design can be accelerated by grabbing those circuit layouts and re-using them, both on a single board design in the case of the buffer, or on
The New Age of PCB Documentation
Learn how to eliminate the stress of manual PCB documentation with automated creation of drawings based on the details of your PCB design. To learn more about this topic please see the full solution - How to Eliminate the Manual Documentation Process - at Altium.com.