Parent page: Altium 365 Viewers
The Manufacturing Package Viewer, an element of the Altium 365 platform's Global Sharing support, allows invited stakeholders to view a manufacturing package from any web browser – anywhere in the world – but outside of your Workspace, so that your designs themselves and other valuable IP are kept off limits.
The Viewer opens in its own browser tab and provides a summary overview of the design, with key PCB data, along with the ability to browse the structure of the shared data (and to download any individual file thereof as needed). You can also download the full package from this view. Fabrication, Assembly and Bill of Materials data sub-pages of the viewer are also provided, with the Fabrication and Assembly views utilizing the Web Viewer interface, providing a powerful interactive experience and allowing for comments to be added by all users to which the package has been shared. The Fabrication view presents the Gerber, Layer Stackup and Draftsman data views for the release.
Ultimately, the manufacturing personnel can download a Build Package of the release they have viewed – and from any page of the Viewer – with which to get that revision of the board physically realized.
Related pages: Managed Projects, Managing a Specific Project
As its name suggests, the Manufacturing Package Viewer is used to open and view a Manufacturing Package. The latter is essentially a Build Package, created from a specified release of a managed project. You can nominate which release of a project to send, configure its data content and then send that package – then referred to as a Manufacturing Package – to the required manufacturer. In essence, the package is shared with that manufacturer, who then receives an email invite to view the package directly through the Altium 365 Platform Interface (https://365.altium.com), courtesy of the Manufacturing Package Viewer.
A manufacturing package is created from within the Releases view of the detailed management page for the project (command central for managing a specific project) – accessed by selecting the required project on the Projects page of your Workspace's browser interface, clicking the control above the listing of projects, and choosing the Open entry on the associated menu. Alternatively, double-click directly on the required project entry in the list. The page will open in a new browser tab.
You can send a specific release of the project to your manufacturer – as a Manufacturing Package – by clicking the button associated with that release's entry.
The Sending to Manufacturer window will be presented, in which to configure the content of the package, and to whom it will be sent.
With the package defined, click the button. The package will be shared with you (as the author of the package) and the specified manufacturer(s) and an entry for it will appear in the Sent region of the Releases view. The package will be named in the format Name.Revision.
Access to view a manufacturing package in the Manufacturing Package Viewer can be made in the following ways:
The Manufacturing Package Viewer interface offers a range of integrated capabilities that allow detailed access to the release data contained within the shared manufacturing package. The following sections take a look at the various constituent elements of the interface.
This page of the Viewer presents a summary overview of the design in terms of key PCB data and any user-defined parameters that have been defined for the project (on the server side). 2D and 3D previews of the board are also provided. The full release package can be downloaded from this view by clicking the button. This downloads a single Zip archive containing a folder for each data set included in the package.
This page of the Viewer provides an embedded Gerber, Layer Stackup,, and Draftsman viewer that uses the Web Viewer interface. Standard review features include layer visibility selection and comment markup.
While labeled 'Assembly' this page actually provides PCB data views in both 2D and 3D (fabrication and assembly, respectively), and also the available Draftsman view. These data views use the Web Viewer interface, and offer a range of capabilities that allow detailed access to the design's data and layout. You'll be able to search, select, cross-probe, and inspect components and nets across the two sub-views as applicable, as well as the ability to leave comments. And when viewing the board in 2D, you can take measurements between specified locations.
This page of the Viewer presents a simple BOM listing for parts used in this specific release of the design. The main grid lists all unique BOM parts () in terms of the following information:
The Structure area of the Viewer presents a structured listing of all files available in the data sets included with the manufacturing package being viewed. This will typically include generated data for fabrication and assembly data sets, but could also include the snapshot of the design from which the release package was made (if the source has been included in the package). Each file can be independently downloaded. To do so, click on a file entry within the structure, then within the main viewing area click the button.
Along with the option to download PDF files present in the structure list, you can click on a PDF’s name entry to open it in the system PDF Viewer. Scroll or use the Page dropdown menu to navigate through the available PDF pages, and select the Information panel on the right () to view the PDF's metadata.
In any of the pages within the Manufacturing Package Viewer, click the button to access a window with which to share the package with others, by email invite. Alternatively, obtain a direct link to share with your manufacturer by clicking the control. The package also can be shared with all members of your organization by changing the Only people specified above.. option to the Anyone in <company name>.. option – see Sharing with your Organization for more information.
The full release package can be downloaded from any of the pages within the Manufacturing Package Viewer (except the Structure area, where downloads are 'single file'):
This downloads a single Zip archive containing a folder for each data set included in the package, which can then be passed to manufacturing to fabricate and assemble the board.
You can delete any manufacturing package that has been shared with you, and is currently presented on the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface. To do so, select the manufacturing package tile, click the control, and then choose the Delete command. A warning window will appear alerting you to the fact that the package will be permanently deleted – you will no longer have access to it, but other collaborators will continue to have access. Click the button to effect the deletion.