Getting Started

Getting Started with PCB design? Learn more about PCB design software, tools and process here.

  • Creating a Ground Plane for Your PCB Design

    Creating a Ground Plane for Your PCB Design

    Your PCB design will probably have power planes of some kind on it. Here are some ways for creating a ground plane in your design using Altium Designer.

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  • Practical PCB Design Tips for an Unroutable Board

    Practical PCB Design Tips for an Unroutable Board

    A PCB may be unroutable due to various reasons: limited dimensions, strict compliance to routing practices, and component choice. Follow these tips to save time and make your PCB routable.

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  • More than a Right-Click Menu Multi-Channel PCB Design

    More than a Right-Click Menu Multi-Channel PCB Design

    Don’t settle for old schematic capture tools that force you into extra work. A modern schematic editor based on a unified design environment is what you need.

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  •  Switching Units From MM to Mil and Other PCB Design Measurement Preferences

    Switching Units From MM to Mil and Other PCB Design Measurement Preferences

    It is no longer a problem to switch between imperial and metric units when designing PCBs. Altium Designer gives you a simple way of switching from MM to mil.

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  • Escape the Pain of a Gerber Files Viewer and Invest in a 3D PCB Editor

    Escape the Pain of a Gerber Files Viewer and Invest in a 3D PCB Editor

    With tighter schedules and smaller R&D budgets, you can’t afford the risk of going to manufacturing without first checking your design in a 3D PCB layout tool.

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  •  Compare PCB Design Software Features For Your Device to Move to Manufacturing

    Compare PCB Design Software Features For Your Device to Move to Manufacturing

    This guide will discuss the most useful and desirable features that you would want to compare in PCB design software for your hardware startup environment.

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  • Demonstrations for Multi-Layer Designs: Best Uses for Each Layer

    Demonstrations for Multi-Layer Designs: Best Uses for Each Layer

    To create the different circuit boards that you will be designing, you need to know how to set up for the best uses for each layer in your PCB design tools.

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  •  Identifying Minimum Trace Spacing and Trace Requirements in Altium

    Identifying Minimum Trace Spacing and Trace Requirements in Altium

    Having the right routing rules set up can make or break your PCB design interactive routing efforts. Here’s how to set those rules up in Altium Designer.

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  • The Cost of CAD Software: What Strong Design Tools are Really Worth

    The Cost of CAD Software: What Strong Design Tools are Really Worth

    Knowing what you are looking for before you invest in the cost of CAD software is important. Find out in advance what strong design tools are really worth.

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  • PCB Routing Options to Maximize Design Adaptability

    PCB Routing Options to Maximize Design Adaptability

    Before jumping into your PCB routing, options available need to be made clear. What manufacturing specifications are you working for, and what tools available?

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  • How to Create a PCB Layout from a Schematic in Altium Designer

    How to Create a PCB Layout from a Schematic in Altium Designer

    You’ve completed your schematic, now it’s time to get started on the layout. First though you need to know how to create the PCB from an Altium Schematic.

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  • Creating a Bill of Material with PCB Design Software using Altium Designer

    Creating a Bill of Material with PCB Design Software using Altium Designer

    The design is finished, but you’re not quite done yet. Here are some ideas on how to compile, create, and optimize a bill of materials using Altium Designer.

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  • Avoid the First Pass Perils in Prototyping Runs for Your Electronics

    Avoid the First Pass Perils in Prototyping Runs for Your Electronics

    Move your hardware through first pass prototyping to manufacturing with these design strategies.

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  • Auto-Interactive Routing to Overcome Obstacles and Other Polygons

    Auto-Interactive Routing to Overcome Obstacles and Other Polygons

    As the technology of printed circuit boards becomes more complex, PCB designers need the help of auto-interactive routing in order to reduce routing times.

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  • Now that They’re Assigned, Find and Report Testpoints in Your PCB Design

    Now that They’re Assigned, Find and Report Testpoints in Your PCB Design

    Once you've assigned testpoints in your design, you've got to validate and report them. Here's how to find testpoints and report them using Altium Designer.

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  • Connect and Conquer: Multiboard Design Adaptation in PCB Design Software

    Connect and Conquer: Multiboard Design Adaptation in PCB Design Software

    With smaller design schedules and shrinking budgets, Altium Designer is the PCB design software you need for multi board design to reduce prototype builds.

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  • How to Panelize Your PCBs Before Lunch with Altium Designer

    How to Panelize Your PCBs Before Lunch with Altium Designer

    Panelizing your PCBs for manufacturing is a piece of cake when using Altium Designer. Here’s a quick guide to get you rolling.

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  • Design for Easy Processes: Create and Link Supplier Data to Any Component

    Design for Easy Processes: Create and Link Supplier Data to Any Component

    We’ll often need to specify the datasheets to be used for our specified parts. Here’s how you can link any piece of supplier data in Altium Designer.

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  • The PCB Design Advantages You Can Expect with Altium Designer 3D Viewing

    The PCB Design Advantages You Can Expect with Altium Designer 3D Viewing

    PCB design tools without 3D capabilities can be painful to work with. Here are some of the benefits and advantages you will have with 3D viewing in Altium.

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  • Let Your Designs Talk for You: Export Altium 3D Layout Artwork to Adobe® PDF

    Let Your Designs Talk for You: Export Altium 3D Layout Artwork to Adobe® PDF

    No more miscommunications. Printed circuit board assembly discussions are enhanced with 3D illustrations that can be shared in Adobe® Reader® 3D.

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