Control Fabrication with the Best PCB Panelization Design Software in Altium Designer
When you need to specify the manufacturing of your PCB design, you need to be able to create a PCB panel with the best PCB design software that you can get; Altium Designer.
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PCB design software enabling all of your fabrication, assembly, and manufacturing processes.
You’ve completed the design, built and tested the prototype, and now your PCB design is ready for manufacturing. For this design though you want to specify how your manufacturer will fabricate the board. Whether it is because this printed circuit board has specific needs or you want to include multiple PCB designs in the same fabrication process, you want keep control over the manufacturing data in your hands. To do this you will need to create your own panel for the PCB design.
Printed circuit board designs are put into standard panel sizes for manufacturing. These panels allow the board or boards to be smoothly run through the manufacturing process, and afterwards the boards are separated from the panels. These panels have specific design requirements of their own in order to run efficiently through the manufacturing process, and require diligence in their creation.
Altium Designer has all the tools you will need within it for the panelization of your PCB designs. Not only will Altium Designer allow you to create all of the necessary requirements of the panel, but will also allow you to combine designs in order to create the most cost-effective PCB manufacturing panels.
The goal of PCB design work is to create the best possible design for the least amount of money. This includes making the most cost effective component choices and designing your PCB to align with DFM (design for manufacturing) guidelines. Designing your own PCB panel is another step towards accomplishing the goal of reducing your overall manufacturing costs, and Altium Designer has all the functionality that you will need for this. In addition, Altium Designer comes with many other tools and capabilities that will help you to trim the manufacturing costs off of your design.
Your design will start at the schematic level, and choosing components that are available and at the best price for your needs will save you money in the end. Altium Designer is ready to help with Active BOM, a bill of materials application that allows you to work directly with the components in your design. Not only does Active BOM give you another data portal into your design, it also includes a cloud connection to your preferred vendors for up-to-date price and availability information.
Your final panel design will be the manufacturing data that you send to your manufacturer, and Altium Designer gives you options on how to control that data with different Gerber file controls. In addition to that, in order to complete the data that you will send to your manufacturer you will need the best quality drawings and documentation for clear and concise communication. Altium Designer can help you with the creation of this documentation with Draftsman, an automated drawing creation utility that will give you the precise drawings that you want without taking more of your time.
Lower Your Manufacturing Cost by Being Prepared Before You Design
Altium Designer gives you the tools you need to create the best quality design at the lowest cost.
- Altium Designer’s Active BOM gives you another window into your design data allowing you to work with and report on your components. It also gives you a cloud connection to your part vendors so that you can make the best part choices.
- There’s a lot more to output files than just pushing a button. Here’s more information on what the Gerber format is and how you can work with it.
- Your design will only be as good as the documentation that you send to your manufacturers. Here are some ideas on how to improve those drawings.
Altium Designer gives you the ability to create a PCB panel in full detail
Creating a panel is much more than just drawing a rectangle around your board outline. There are specific features in a panel that are required for PCB fabrication and PCB assembly. PCB designers must be aware of these requirements in order for their panelized designs to successfully navigate the fabrication and assembly process. This starts with diligence in their initial PCB layout in everything from the PCB stackup design to surface mount spacing requirements. Designers will also have to lay out their boards for other considerations, such as whether the PCB manufacturer will be using wave soldering or reflow soldering processes.
When it’s time to create the panel, PCB designers like you will need state-of-the-art technology in their design tools. You will need to able to create any array of boards in your PCB panel and add the necessary fiducial marks, tooling holes, tabs, and edge routing around the board outlines. In addition you will need the capability in your design software to add multiple designs to your PCB panel design. Fortunately, Altium Designer has you covered for all of these needs.
What is a PCB Panel and How Is It Created in Altium Designer?
PCB panelization is an exacting task, and Altium Designer gives you the tools you’ll need to get the job done right.
- Here is a step by step tutorial on creating a simple PCB panel in Altium Designer.
- For more information on panelized PCBs in Altium Designer, here is a technical note covering those details.
- There’s a lot to know about creating a panel including the different elements that need to be added and what their purposes are. Here are some guidelines that can help.
With the full power of Altium Designer behind you, you can create the PCB panel that you need
In order to accomplish the different tasks of creating PCB panels and other manufacturing data, you will need a powerful PCB design software system. Altium Designer has the power that you will need with its 64 bit multi-threading architecture that encompasses all of the tools required for the creation of all of your manufacturing data. In addition, Altium Designer’s signature unified design environment means that you will be dealing with the same data format and user interface throughout your entire design process. This eliminates the confusion of working with and translating from different design systems.
With the power of Altium Designer you will easily be able to rotate and position your PCB design into any array in order to fit your panel. You will also have the capability to add tooling holes, fiducials, routing and venting features to your panel, and you can add PCBs from different designs as well.
Your job isn’t done with just the creation of the panel though, and Altium Designer is ready to help you with the rest as well. You will need to create accurate manufacturing drawings that won’t consume your time and Altium Designer can help with Draftsman, a drawing generator that will auto-generate the drawing for you. Once your design is ready for manufacturing, Altium Designer will help you to package the output files together with reusable job output command files. This will allow you to quickly and easily send out the correct files for each design to your manufacturer.
Get Your Design Into Manufacturing Quickly and Accurately with Altium Designer
When time to market is an important priority, Altium Designer has the tools you need to get your job into manufacturing first.
- Altium Designer gives you all the tools that you need to create the PCB panel that will best suit your needs.
- You need quality manufacturing drawings for your design without spending a lot of extra time creating them. Altium Designer’s Draftsman is the answer that you are looking for.
- There’s no need to constantly reinvent the wheel each and every time you create your manufacturing data. Altium Designer helps you with this chore with reusable batch job output files.
When you need to create a specific panel for your printed circuit board, you need the best PCB design software that you can get. You need Altium Designer.