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To create the most accurate PCB assembly drawings, you need powerful PCB design tools that will provide you with the drawing creation utilities that you can use.
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Designing a printed circuit board is like putting a puzzle together, a lot of work has to be done before the either of them is completed. And as frustrating as it is to find that you have a missing puzzle piece when you are almost done, it is even worse to find out that you’re PCB build is delayed or incorrect because of a missing PCB assembly drawing piece. Yet this happens on a regular basis because PCB designers often do not understand what is needed in their assembly drawings, nor do they have PCB design tools that can help them create a good drawing.
We have some help that we can offer you here for both problems. Below you will see some practical advice and steps that will help you to create a PCB assembly drawing that will give your manufacturer the information they need. You will also see how Altium Designer, a world-class PCB design tool system, can help you create those drawings. Altium Designer provides you powerful utilities such as a drawing generator that can easily pull in views of your design and add features such as notes and data With tools like this, you will have no problem finding your missing piece and finishing your puzzle on time and ahead of schedule.
As a PCB designer, you will put in a lot of effort to make sure that your circuit board is designed exactly the way that you want it. Your parts will be placed in an optimum fashion for circuitry performance, thermal considerations, and manufacturability, while your routing will be precisely what your high speed, power, RF, and mixed signal circuits need. Yet after all of this work, many circuit boards run into problems while being assembled because the same attention to detail was not put into the creation of the PCB assembly drawing.
Without an adequate assembly drawing your manufacturer is left to make their own assumptions as to how your design should be built. Most manufacturers will contact you for clarification causing delays, but in some cases they may proceed with the data they do have resulting in a bad build. To guard against this we have provided you with some useful information here for your PCB assembly drawings. This will help you to know what kind of data your manufacturers need to see in an assembly drawing in order to be successful.
Take the time to do the drawing right so that you can avoid delays and bad PCB builds.
Using Altium Designer’s Draftsman to easily create a complex PCB assembly drawing
Before you ever get to the point of creating a PCB assembly drawing, you first need to design the board. Although there are different tools out there that you can use, what you really need is a powerful PCB design system that can do everything you need. Not only should it have the drawing creation features that you want, but also the power and scope to design any kind of design technology that you throw at it.
With over 30 years of experience, the engineering team at Altium has created Altium Designer to give you all the features that you are looking for. Built on the power of a 64-bit multi-threading system architecture, Altium Designer leverages that power through its entire platform of tools. Each tool is plugged in together by Altium Designer’s unified design environment to give you common user interfaces and a stable platform for your work. Starting with schematic capture, Altium Designer can handle any level of design technology with tools that are intuitive to learn and use. From there you will easily transition into PCB layout utilizing the different place and route features and functions provided for you. Altium Designer is truly an all-encompassing system that has the answer for all of your needs.
Make sure your Gerber file format maintains an accurate representation of design files regardless of the layer of boards at work. No matter what level of design technology you have to work on, Altium Designer has the tool solution you need for success.
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You’ve designed the board and you know exactly what kind of drawings and output files you need to give your manufacturers. At this point most designers would be looking at a long drawn out process of creating output files, but not with Altium Designer. Instead Altium Designer gives you powerful utilities such as Draftsman, which will help you to create precision manufacturing drawings. With it you can easily pull in the different drawing elements that you need to quickly create the assembly drawing your manufacturer needs to build your PCB.
Altium Designer’s Active BOM also will help you to easily format and create a bill of materials report for your vendors according to their needs while at the same time giving you up-to-date pricing and availability information from your part vendors. And finally, you don’t have to spend hours manually generating your output files. Altium Designer provides you with job output batch files so that you can create your outputs easily with a single command whenever you need to.
Don’t worry; it’s not going to take you days and days to create your output files. Altium Designer’s output generators will take a great deal of this load off your shoulders.
Make sure that your manufacturer builds your PCB design according to the way you want it to be done. Get them the assembly information they need in a precise PCB assembly drawing created in Altium Designer.