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Teardrops Improve Your PCB Quality and Yield
Learn how to improve the quality and yield of your PCB during manufacturing with teardrops. If you have even one printed circuit board design under your belt, you have probably been exposed to unexpected problems that are discovered during the fabrication or manufacturing process. Manufacturing problems can be caused by misaligned holes or have undesirable drill breakouts. Even if they don’t cause the board to be rejected, they can lead to
Unleash Your Creativity — With Training
Learn how to use neck-downs in Altium Designer to simplify your BGA routing process by shrinking and expanding tracks as they enter specific areas on your PCB. When you train decreases your errors range and expand your creative capacity. And this get better when you do the right choice selecting able people to training. Beyond that, the personal satisfaction of creating better, more reliable products is just plain fun! After all, didn’t you
5 Ways to Customize Altium Designer for Better Efficiency
The Altium Designer
environment is designed to be very intuitive, but even slight customization of the interface can greatly enhance the efficiency of your PCB design workflow. Once you have been using Altium Designer or a while, you'll find the toolbar menu structure to be very intuitive. However, you may realize even more productivity gains with customization of the user interface. Customization is centric to each editor whether it's the
Quickly Find and Edit Objects Using Global Queries
Every designer faces significant challenges once a board gets overpopulated with parts and traces. One of the greatest tasks of working with complex electronic designs is managing a large number of design objects. PCB or schematic filtering lets you find a “needle in a haystack” when you need to. Often, when you are working with schematics or PCB documents, you need to select objects of a given type, or that possess some common attribute
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. INTRODUCTION TO
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.
Confidently Capture All Design Details in PCB Design Documentation
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. INTRODUCTION One of
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. There was a time when once a concept design was
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.