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Keeping track of your vias and mounting hole dimensions requires powerful PCB design software. Your design platform should also generate your manufacturing outputs in industry-standard file formats. With Altium Designer, you can do all of this and more, and all within a single software platform.
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A PCB design software package that contains all the tools you need to define your manufacturing and assembly instructions in industry-standard file formats
With the number of PCB design software programs and utilities out there, it can be difficult to choose the program that will work best for you. In any given month, who knows how many circuits and boards you’ll be working on. Use CAD software which can get your electronics to manufacturing without the pain of information mismanagement along the way.
Altium Designer allows you to build your PCBs, define your PCB drill sizes, and generate manufacturing outputs within a single software platform. When you work within Altium Designer’s unified design environment, you can move from start to finish within a single program.
With all the design and routing features required to make your PCB work properly, it is understandable that folks tend to overlook fabrication and PCB manufacturing. An integrated design package gives you the power to design top-quality Printed Circuit Boards and define your manufacturing specifications within a unified environment. Aspect ratios, board thickness, annular rings, and soldering can all be arranged beforehand in strong PCB design software.
Drill specifications are extremely important when you move to manufacturing your Printed Circuit Board. When you work in a unified environment, your customized via, tooling hole features, and drilling specifications translate directly into your manufacturing outputs.
Manage everything from components to board to schematic with unified design environments in Altium Designer
Advanced PCB fabrications require advanced routing techniques, including innovative use of vias. With all the different via structures available, and all the different placement options, your PCB design software should make it easy to keep track of your vias. Keeping track of minimum guidelines as well as enabling circuits and boards to adapt as you see fit will be paramount. A strong PCB editor will enable you to check and inform your design from schematic to PCB layout.
You’ll need to define drilling steps for your vias, conductive and non-conductive fill options, and overall layer stackup. Altium Designer has all the tools you need to define your via structures and includes the fabrication and drill holes in your manufacturing outputs. Keeping your information clear, precise, and documented will keep your production process running forward.
Perhaps the most important routing features in a multilayer PCB are vias. Your vias are what let you route between each layer in your board. Whether you’re placing via-in-pad, through-hole vias, blind vias, or buried vias, you will need to define drill diameter and depth in each layer. Altium Designer gives you all the tools you need to customize your via sizes and specify how you want them placed in your board.
Define and align your mounting holes and vias in Altium Designer
Preparing your design for circuit board manufacturing and defining the machining steps in your design means that you need a design program that lets you create your CAD/CAM drawings, Gerber files, and Excellon drill files. Other software companies will try to sell you separate software programs for your printed circuit board’s separate needs, but Altium Designer gives you all of these capabilities within a single software package.
Altium Designer gives you the capability to define your mounting and backdrill hole diameters within a convenient interface. This powerful software package gives you support for imperial and metric standard drill sizes, and you can even select customized PCB drill sizes. Using standardized sizes allows for your electronics to be more approachable by a variety of manufacturers. Altium Designer also lets you define routed or milled holes in your board, giving you serious flexibility and customization power.
Your drill specifications and other PCB fabrication instructions are defined and stored in a number of different file formats. These formats are used by PCB manufacturers to fabricate and assemble your board and keep your production process smooth. Thankfully, Altium Designer supports all of these file formats and allows you to generate these files directly from your board layout, and all within a single software package.
With all the PCB features that require drilling steps during fabrication, you need PCB design software that gives you the power to customize your drill parameters. Altium Designer has all the functionality you need to define your PCB drill locations and mounting hole placement. Everything you need to generate your manufacturing and assembly instructions in industry-standard file formats is contained within a single software package.