Altium Designer Documentation

PCB Model

Created: July 13, 2017 | Updated: October 11, 2017
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The PCB Model dialog

Summary

The PCB Model dialog allows you to search for and assign a new PCB model to a schematic symbol. Pin mapping between schematic symbols and PCB models can also be manually edited.

Access

From the schematic editor, the dialog can be accessed in the following ways:

  • In the Footprint region of the Properties panel in Component mode, click the Add button or the .
  • From the Model Manager dialog, click the Add or Edit button (or right-click in the Model list region then click Add or Edit.)

Options/Controls

Footprint Model

  • Name - displays the name of the footprint.
  • Browse - click to open the Browse Libraries dialog to search for the target footprint.
  • Pin Map - click to open the Model Map dialog to map pins between the schematic symbol and the PCB footprint.
  • Description - enter a meaningful description for the footprint.

PCB Library

  • Any - enable to search for the target footprint in all currently available libraries.
  • Library name - enable to search for the target footprint in the named library. Enter the library name directly in the text field.
  • Library path - enable to search for target footprints in the named library in the specified location. Click the Choose button to select a path.
  • Use footprint from component library - this option becomes enabled when the component is placed from a compiled library, such as an integrated library or from a Vault. If necessary, it can be overridden for a placed component allowing a different source PCB Library to be selected.

Selected Footprint

Displays the preview of the target footprint. Click the icon in the lower left of the preview to toggle between 2D and 3D modes. The display area will be blank if the footprint cannot be located in the specified PCB Library.

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