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

  • 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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  • Smart Self-Check Process to Optimize Power-Up for Embedded Systems

    Smart Self-Check Process to Optimize Power-Up for Embedded Systems

    Embedded systems can be difficult to optimize in your designs. Their power-up processes are vital to ensuring operation success, and a smart self-check helps.

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  • How Do I Flip and Rotate Components in Altium Designer and Other Schematic Functions

    How Do I Flip and Rotate Components in Altium Designer and Other Schematic Functions

    Many designers waste time because they don't know the shortcuts on how to flip and rotate components in Altium Designer. Here are some tips that will help.

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  • Altium User Groups: Starting, Finding, and Joining

    Altium User Groups: Starting, Finding, and Joining

    Insight into what user-to-user benefits you’ll see in these groups and learn how to start your very own!

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  • Painless Circuit Creation with a Hierarchical Schematic Design System that Works

    Painless Circuit Creation with a Hierarchical Schematic Design System that Works

    Using a PCB design system that has a good hierarchical schematic design process can save you time and effort, and will give you a better looking schematic.

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  • Where to Start in Courses for PCB Design or Skills I Wish I’d Learned in College

    Where to Start in Courses for PCB Design or Skills I Wish I’d Learned in College

    While college is certainly beneficial, some classes I should have paid more attention to. Here are some skills to focus on in your courses for PCB design.

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  • Electronic Product Life Cycle Management Avoids Unpredicted Application Results

    Electronic Product Life Cycle Management Avoids Unpredicted Application Results

    Your new piece of hardware may not live forever. Proper product life cycle management can maximize your hardware’s impact.

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  • Layout Guide to Changing Board Sizes in Altium Designer

    Layout Guide to Changing Board Sizes in Altium Designer

    As a PCB designer, you'll need to create circuit boards of all sizes and shapes. Here's a quick and useful guide to changing board sizes in Altium Designer.

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  • In Your Altium Library, Multiple Part Symbols Ease Your Design Time

    In Your Altium Library, Multiple Part Symbols Ease Your Design Time

    Complex schematic circuitry will demand the use of Altium Library multiple part components. Here is how to create these symbols for use in your next design.

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  • True ECAD / MCAD Co-Design Will Eliminate PCB Design Placement Errors

    True ECAD / MCAD Co-Design Will Eliminate PCB Design Placement Errors

    PCB component to mechanical feature placement errors can be eliminated with a true ECAD / MCAD co-design process giving you full 3D parts placement checking.

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  • PCB Routing Angle Myths: 45-degree Angle Versus 90-degree Angle

    PCB Routing Angle Myths: 45-degree Angle Versus 90-degree Angle

    When using modern PCB design software, PCB routing angles don’t have to be a hotly-contested debate as your software will enable whatever choice you make.

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  • Small Electronic Circuit Design Demands Large Amounts of Attention

    Small Electronic Circuit Design Demands Large Amounts of Attention

    Much thought has to go into small electronic circuit design. Here are some guidelines to keep your designs working well despite their miniaturization.

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  • How to Use Test Points on a PCB Design in Altium Designer

    How to Use Test Points on a PCB Design in Altium Designer

    Your PCB design is probably going to require testpoints added to it for automated testing. Here is how to use testpoints on a PCB design in Altium Designer.

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