The Best Tools for Multi-Board
Intuitively Design Multi-Board Systems Complete With Harnesses
Spend more time creating complex designs and less time learning how to integrate multiple boards in your design tools. With the same design approach and editors used for single-board designs, Altium Designer empowers designers of all levels to intuitively create interconnections between multiple boards. Plus, with harness design synchronization, you have everything you need to complete your multi-board projects.
Easily Ensure Accurate Assembly Enclosure Fit
Eliminate the challenge of ensuring the form and fit of multiple boards in an enclosure. The multi-board assembly editor allows separate boards to be rotated, aligned and plugged into each other.
Quickly create an assembly to guarantee board placement and enclosure fit with mating and rigid-flex support. You can even connect with your mechanical team to share an assembly for needed modifications.
Effortlessly Synchronize Design Changes
Update data in your multi-board project with the latest design changes in a few clicks. Altium Designer’s unified environment enables straightforward identification and synchronization of every change in individual PCBs and the overall multi-board system design.
Define Comprehensive Board Interconnections
Never worry about tangled wires between boards with extensive interconnection types including direct, wire, cable, and harness. Connection types can be created to meet the unique needs for flexible circuit links between boards, and error highlighting helps to quickly identify and fix issues.
3D Assembly Mating
Create physical connections between PCBs using flexible mating functionality for absolute precision on all your designs. Simply select the objects that need to be connected and manage all of your assembly matings in one convenient location.
Optimize Component Placement
Easily visualize and edit the layout of child boards and critical components in the context of your multi-board assembly and mechanical constraints. When layout changes happen, you can make bi-directional transfers with an ECO to keep your projects up-to-date.
Verify Assembly Fit
Minimize fit issues on even the densest board layouts with precise distance measurements between assembly elements. The built-in collision check tool identifies conflicts between assembly objects, so you can consider every detail to perfect your design.
Visualize Design Cross-Sections
Define a 3D cross-section of your assembly to guarantee accuracy and fit for every aspect of your system’s design. Even assemblies that are tightly fitted and overlapped are easy to understand when visualized in their enclosure models.
Verify System Connectivity
Ensure that you maintain proper connection parity among all projects and eliminate potential errors with the Connection Manager. This tool displays board interconnections pin-by-pin and offers resolutions to any pin conflicts, and changes can be transferred with an ECO to individual PCBs.
ActiveBOM for Multi-Board Assemblies
Manage all of the parts for each board in your system in one location with ActiveBOM. The multi-board ActiveBOM document provides filters and up-to-date information about physical components, suppliers, component specifications, lifecycle, availability, alternatives, and more all in one place.
MCAD Synchronization and 3D Export
Natively synchronize your multi-board design with your mechanical tool using the Altium MCAD CoDesigner, or export your multi-board assembly into STEP, Parasolid, or 3D PDF format.
Coordinate Multiboard Projects with Harness
Keep changes automatically in sync when a Harness project is created as part of a Multiboard project. Design changes remain consistent between connectors and parent PCBs.
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