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Creating Unusual Shapes in Altium Designer - The Donut
New Product Overview: Altium Concord Pro
There are many risks if your library and component data are not managed efficiently and effectively. Inefficiency occurs when multiple
How To Use Version Control in CircuitStudio
This video will cover how to setup and use the built in version control in CircuitStudio.
How to Set Up Design Rules in CircuitStudio
How To Find and Place Components in CircuitStudio
This video will cover some basics on how to find and place components in your design.
How To Start a New PCB Project in CircuitStudio
This video will cover how to get started with a new PCB project.
How To Navigate The User Interface in CircuitStudio
This video will go over how the user interface in CircuitStudio is organized.
How To Keep Organized with Multi-sheet Designs in CircuitStudio
This video will go over how to wire together and create a hierachical design structure in CircuitStudio.
How to Compare Differences in CircuitStudio
This video will go over how to compare the differences between two documents in your PCB design.
How to Utilize Cross-Probe, Masking and Highlighting in CircuitStudio
This video will cover how to use the powerful cross probing feature in CircuitStudio, including masking and Highlighting.
How to Create and Edit Your Board Shape in CircuitStudio
This video will go over how to create and edit a customized board shape.
How to Route in CircuitStudio
This video will go over how to edit and route not only single but multiple traces at the same time including different routing modes and options.
How to Setup and Route A Differential Pair in CircuitStudio
This video will cover how to create, setup rules, and route differential pairs.
How to Create A Component in CircuitStudio
This video will cover to create a real, purchasable component with schematic symbol, PCB footprint and 3D model for your PCB design.
How to Activate Your License in CircuitStudio
This video covers how to download, install and activate their license for CircuitStudio.
How to Do Pours and Internal Planes in CircuitStudio
This video cover how to use, create and control via rules polygon pours and internal planes.
How to Create a 3D Donut and Other Unusual Shapes in Your PCB Design
It is generally very simple to create realistic 3D mechanical shapes in Altium Designer® using the included Extruded, Cylinder, and Sphere shape types in the PCB Library editor. However, some shapes can be tricky. A board outline can be extremely helpful and can even produce shapes like the polygon (polygon pour). A 3D donut, however, is what we will be focusing on today. Although a hole cannot be cut out of any of the Altium-created shapes, a