Can Only Move Parts So Close To Each Other

Created: 25.03.2021 | Updated: 12.08.2021

How to change the mode of moving Components on a PCB

Starting in Version: 18.0
Up to Version: Current

Solution Details

While moving a component, tap the "R" key to cycle through component push modes.  You will see the current mode displayed on the status bar at the bottom.

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The following modes are supported:

  • Ignore - default behavior, where the component can be moved regardless of creating a violation with neighboring component(s). In this mode, the same component clearance checking routines seen in previous versions of Altium Designer are used. These routines use the 3D body (if there is one) or the copper and silk primitives to identify an object's clearance.

  • Push - the component will push other components away to provide compliance with clearances between components. Components in unions can be pushed and the location of components in the union may change, but the union will not break. Locked components can not be pushed. In this mode, components are identified by their selection boundary, which is the smallest possible rectangle that encloses all of the primitives in the component.

  • Avoid - the component will be forced to avoid violating clearance rules between other components. In this mode, components are identified by their selection boundary, which is the smallest possible rectangle that encloses all of the primitives in the component.

Here's some additional documentation:

New in Altium Designer 16.0 > New Feature Summaries > Smart Component Placement:
https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/nfs-16-0smart-component-placement-ad?version=16.0#!placement-modes

Exploring Altium Designer > More about PCB Design > Placing and Editing PCB Objects:
https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/placing-and-editing-pcb-objects-ad#!dynamic-placement-options

Preferences & References > Commands Reference > PCB commands > MoveObject > (expand Move Object section):
https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/pcb-cmd-moveobjectmoveobject-ad#move_object

 

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