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Designing a printed circuit board and it’s eventual assembly is an intricate process. There are multiple steps that require thoughtful placement of objects to represent the PCB. PCBs are made with layers of individually designed net and plane structures that interconnect with via placement. Vias connect components and traces across planes for completion of circuits. Routing nets and vias requires intelligent tools that pull designs together coherently.
Electronic design automation tools allow designers to route boards in a virtual environment before going into fabrication and assembly. This virtual environment is driven with command structures and editors to make graphics that represent the board. Each layer is represented with accurate dimensional characteristics captured for manufacturing tooling equipment. Global editing occurs throughout the environment and propagates accurately throughout the design editors.
Altium Designer has designed a unified platform that allows complex PCB designs accurate representation in a virtual space. Built with complementary editors and shared libraries allows hours of design instantiation to reside ubiquitously throughout schematic, fabrication, and bill of materials documentation. Changes to one occur simultaneously in the other. Nets laid to complete circuits in schematic editors reproduce as a virtual representation of copper traces in PCB editors.
A strong PCB toolkit starts with a well-designed and integrated environment. Using tools designed from the ground up to work together is the goal. For PCBA design and assembly, a unified environment has anticipated needs for component libraries, for parametric definition, and for documentation preparation. Managing a large container of information requires programs that integrate and propagate information throughout the design environment.
Tools such as schematic capture, PCB layout, component libraries, 3D modeling, and document preparation are included in a working toolkit. Wiring captured during circuit design in schematics contains environmental parameters for use in PCB layout. Editing within one propagates to the other. Pulldowns are located where you anticipate, and radio buttons are placed where users may easily access.
Putting together a PCB toolkit is easy with software built within the same design environment. Read on to consider updating yours.
Set net classes with global editing
Laying out a PCB requires an environment that works well together. Unified tools remove the need for verbal or written translation, either within the design documentation or with ad hoc communications. Instantiations that are designed to automate information transfer allows the PCB layout designer to focus on graphical design. Spending the bulk of design time on graphics instead of learning underlying tool operation leads to elegance.
Give your PCB layout designers a toolkit for automating commands while focusing on the design. Remove the need to manually transfer net and parametric information. Using programs designed for use in the same environment keeps your PCB toolkit updated. An updated PCB toolkit automates pesky tasks intended for background representation of the circuit design.
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Edit traces within routing environment
Altium Designer was built as a platform incorporating all the tools a PCB designer would need in one toolkit. Unifying schematic capture and component libraries with PCB layout removes the need for ad hoc management of circuit design. Information about components and fabrication materials resides within the design containers early in the process. With early access to material information, PCB layout designers may focus on routing and global editing for fabrication files.
Graphical routing has never been easier with Altium’s selection of options for getting nets onto layers. Tools exist to perform multi-trace routing, differential pair routing, and pin swapping. Additional tools include real-time trace corrections and trace glossing. Interactive routing allows walkaround, hug and push, or stop conflict resolution. While in routing mode, global editing is available within the editor.
Putting together a PCB toolkit has never been easier with Altium Designer and it’s unified environment. Altium provides an underlying platform incorporating all the commands necessary to get circuits graphically represented for fabrication. Optional methods for getting traces onto boards allows custom methods for optimal design result. Integrated editors propagate refinements throughout the design documentation removing the need for manual management. Put the best PCB toolkit into practice with Altium Designer.