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Whether for thermal performance, electrical isolation, or mechanical strength, your aluminum PCB needs the precision of Altium Designer to meet your design requirements.
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More and more designs are using metal core PCBs. The metal substrate provides a more robust core material both mechanically and with its thermal conductivity, and the dielectric layer choices offer a greater level of electrical isolation. MCPCBs are being used for LEDs, solid state relays, and power conversion PCBs to name a few of their applications. The most commonly used metal in these MCPCBs is an aluminum base, and with their growing popularity, you may find yourself soon designing an aluminum PCB if you aren’t already. There is one key point that you need to know, and that is the same precision in design that you have become accustomed to will also be required in designing aluminum PCBs. To maintain that high level of precision, your aluminum designs need the best PCB design software that you can get; they need Altium Designer.
Aluminum PCB designs need to start off with a detailed and accurate schematic as any other multilayer PCB design would. Whether through careful attention to copper placement and heat, printed circuit layer and thermal conductivity, you’ll need a PCB editor to let you do your job. Altium Designer has you covered with its schematic capture application that is easy to learn and intuitive to use. Once completed, your schematic data will be used by Altium Designer’s layout editor to create your PCB.
Aluminum PCB designs need to follow precise component placement constraints in order to maximize their thermal management and mechanical benefits. Altium Designer is ready to assist you with smart component placement features that will allow you to position and align your components as required for the greatest heat dissipation. From there you can use the wide assortment of Altium Designer’s interactive routing capabilities to complete the connectivity of your aluminum PCB.
Depending on your concern over if your circuit board is thermally conductive, or if you are just looking at organizing your printed circuit layers, strong PCB design software will help. No matter what design you are working on, Altium Designer is prepared with the best schematic capture and PCB layout place and route tools that you can get.
Superior place and route tools combined with a native 3D engine will give you the advantage
Your aluminum PCB designs will need to fit into their system enclosures and interact with other mechanical features, and here is another area where Altium Designer will really be able to help you. With the native 3D engine technology that Altium is well known for, you will be able to verify and adjust your component placement in full 3D. You also will be able to import your mechanical system design data into your layout to verify your design against the entire system which is very beneficial for rigid-flex PCB designs.
If you need to manage multiple variants of your aluminum PCB design, there’s no problem as Altium Designer has you covered. You can track and manage your design variants easily with the variant tools in Altium Designer. In fact, any sort of global editing to your design database is simple with Altium Designer’s intuitive user interface. You can make changes easily to your database and have those changes propagated throughout the design as they should without repetitive editing on your part. Altium Designer really was created to make your job as the PCB designer easier so that you can focus on the important aspects of designing an aluminum PCB.
Make sure that any component can work alongside any circuit. With the demands on your time and efforts as a designer, you need the advanced functionality in Altium Designer to make sure your design is ready to go at 100%.
Automated drawing creation along with other manufacturing output aids will keep you ahead
When your aluminum PCB design is finished, there’s still more to do in order to get the design into the hands of your manufacturer. Fortunately Altium Designer is prepared to help you with this part of the job as well. First of all, Altium Designer takes the guesswork out of manufacturing by giving you the tools you need to panelize your design. With this capability, your manufacturers will work with your design data the way you want them to.
Altium Designer also gives you the ability to auto-generate manufacturing drawings with Draftsman. This will allow you to create quality documentation in a fraction of the time that you are used to. And finally, when it is time to put it all together, Altium Designer once again is ready to help with reusable configurable batch job output files. This way you don’t have to manually create the same files over and over again each time you send the job out. Altium Designer, a powerful design tool that will see you through the design all the way to the final outputs.
Make your components and copper are laid out correctly, every time. Instead of being driven by schedule demands and the requirements of your manufacturers, Altium Designer will give you control over your manufacturing data with automation to get the job done on time.
Designing an aluminum printed circuit board can be a demanding task, and to do it right you need the power of Altium Designer on your side.