Design Data Management

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  • 3D PCB Editor Simplifies Concurrent ECAD/MCAD Modeling

    3D PCB Editor Simplifies Concurrent ECAD/MCAD Modeling

    With a strong PCB design software behind it, a 3D PCB editor can enable your electrical and mechanical teams to collaborate with ease.

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  • Designing to Meet a Target BOM Price per Unit

    Designing to Meet a Target BOM Price per Unit

    Bill of materials management tools in your PCB design software will enable you to select the best BOM price for the components you are using in your design.

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  • Keep Your Altium Designer PCB Layout in Line with Grids and Grid-Selection Shortcuts

    Keep Your Altium Designer PCB Layout in Line with Grids and Grid-Selection Shortcuts

    Working with a grid system is an important part of PCB design. Here are some useful grid functions and shortcuts that can help you with Altium Designer PCB layout.

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  • Generate Gerber Files in Altium Designer Step-by-Step from Schematic to PCB

    Generate Gerber Files in Altium Designer Step-by-Step from Schematic to PCB

    Learn step-by-step how to generate a gerber file in Altium Designer from your schematic to creating a PCB and finally with the manufacturing output files.

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  • Collecting All the Pieces You Need: What is a Bill of Materials?

    Collecting All the Pieces You Need: What is a Bill of Materials?

    If you’ve ever found yourself asking what is a bill of materials, and what can it do for your printed circuit assemblies, look no further.

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  • Milling Artwork in Copper: PCB Router Bit Diameters Get the Job Done

    Milling Artwork in Copper: PCB Router Bit Diameters Get the Job Done

    Take a look here for a description of the interrelationship between PCB output files and etching copper with PCB router bit diameters

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  • How an Integrated PCB Library Can Reduce Development Cost

    How an Integrated PCB Library Can Reduce Development Cost

    With an integrated PCB library, develop time and cost are reduced, as well as easing the stress load spent ensuring that all team members are up-to-date.

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  • Starting Out in PCB Design with the Right Board Layout Software

    Starting Out in PCB Design with the Right Board Layout Software

    When looking into a new career in PCB design, here are some important highlights about printed circuit board layout software that you should know about.

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  • BOM Planning for Different Levels of Production

    BOM Planning for Different Levels of Production

    To avoid unexpected surprises in cost and availability when choosing components for your next PCB, use bill of materials management tools for BOM planning.

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  • Unifying a Comprehensive Collection: PCB Library Management

    Unifying a Comprehensive Collection: PCB Library Management

    With proper communication systems in place, PCB library management can be an efficient, time-saving process that you can look forward to.

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  • Add Any Component to Your Design With Unified Component Libraries

    Add Any Component to Your Design With Unified Component Libraries

    Stuck with in-house part libraries? Altium’s Unified Component Libraries make part possibilities endless and keeps you in your designs longer.

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  • Part Placement Shortcuts in Altium Designer

    Part Placement Shortcuts in Altium Designer

    Creating a good PCB placement takes time. Here are some useful functions and shortcuts to help you create the best possible part placement in Altium Designer.

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  • Managing Your PCB Design Through BOM Planning: What’s Important

    Managing Your PCB Design Through BOM Planning: What’s Important

    With proper PCB design BOM planning, you’ll resolve communication challenges. Here is what you’ll need to keep in mind when taking on the BOM challenge.

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  • PCB Design BOM Planning: A Balancing Act

    PCB Design BOM Planning: A Balancing Act

    Understanding the right amount of information to include in your PCB design BOM is like stacking rocks; it’s a balancing act.

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  • How to Use Altium Designer to Quickly Create a Component Footprint

    How to Use Altium Designer to Quickly Create a Component Footprint

    Creating new component footprints can be a pain; however, with the right software you can quickly and easily create custom footprints in no time.

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  • Completing a Pre-Layout Design Checklist Can Keep Your PCB Design from Crashing

    Completing a Pre-Layout Design Checklist Can Keep Your PCB Design from Crashing

    Having a PCB pre-layout design checklist will help you to be organized and prepared for layout. This will save you from having to correct problems later on.

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  • What Is a Gerber File in the PCB Fabrication Process?

    What Is a Gerber File in the PCB Fabrication Process?

    Let's look at what a Gerber file is, and how is it used to send your design image data to your manufacturer for the PCB fabrication process.

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  • Untangle Yourself with an SD Card Bootloader

    Untangle Yourself with an SD Card Bootloader

    If you thought corded landlines were bad, why still use cumbersome cables for firmware updating? Try an SD card bootloader.

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  • Instructions Are Easy When You Write Them: The PCB Assembly Drawing

    Instructions Are Easy When You Write Them: The PCB Assembly Drawing

    Don’t make your manufacturer lose sleep over your designs. Learn more about the assembly drawing for their sanity and yours.

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  • Following the Recipe for PCB Design: The PCB Fabrication Drawing

    Following the Recipe for PCB Design: The PCB Fabrication Drawing

    The PCB fabrication drawing, a sample of the different elements needed to create a good drawing in order for your manufacturer to produce your board.

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