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SOLIDWORKS PCB was built on the Altium Designer engine, so you can have full confidence knowing your files are compatible and that you can continue your work in a familiar environment.

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Altium Designer updates monthly, so you can benefit from having the latest multi-board and harness design features integrated natively with your SOLIDWORKS PCB projects.

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SOLIDWORKS PCB files are already compatible with Altium Designer


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Open your SOLIDWORKS PCB files and save projects in Altium’s file extensions.

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Step-By-Step Guide to Migrate from SOLIDWORKS PCB

With the import wizard in Altium Designer, migrating your SOLIDWORKS PCB files is a simple and straightforward process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I migrate my existing SOLIDWORKS PCB design data into Altium Designer?

The migration process is almost non-existent. Because your existing SOLIDWORKS PCB design files are 100% natively compatible with Altium Designer.

What’s more, you can choose to store your designs on the Altium 365 Workspace with version-controlled resilience and extended collaboration capability.

How much rework is needed after importing?

No rework is needed when opening SOLIDWORKS PCB files in Altium Designer. This is because the file formats are compatible. Once SOLIDWORKS PCB files are opened in Altium Designer, they can be saved in Altium’s file format.

How difficult will it be for me to get up to speed with Altium Designer?

SOLIDWORKS PCB and Altium Designer are based on the same PCB design engine. All of your SOLIDWORKS PCB design skills can be carried forward to Altium Designer. The user interface in Altium Designer is slightly different, but the concepts, panels, and data structure are identical. Altium also offers a variety of blogs, videos, and free documentation to help you quickly fill in any gaps.

Can we import existing parts libraries?

Yes. All parts that were used in a SOLIDWORKS PCB project can also be used in Altium Designer. Once converted to Altium’s file format, parts can be migrated to your Altium 365 Workspace or maintained on your local machine.

Where can I find support?

Altium Designer includes easy access to real-time support, user communities, comprehensive product documentation, training videos, and a knowledge base of targeted solutions for everyday user experiences.

What training options are available?

The Altium Designer Getting Started Guide is an outstanding resource where new users can rapidly become successful in designing projects with Altium Designer. In addition, on-demand or live online and onsite, instructor-led Altium Designer training courses are also available.

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