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Altium: how to display all DRC errors?

I've routed my PCB but had to change the minimum keepout rules which means I'll now have a lot of DRC errors - most tracks are too closely placed together and that would violate the new keepout rule. ...
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Altium: Change Net Label Size and Font at once!

I have a complete schematic project in Altium Designer. I need to change Net labels text and font. Since I have a huge number of Net Labels, I am wondering if it possible select for instance 20 ...
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Altium: how to explode an imported 3D model

I've imported a 3D model of an enclosure and I want to check if my PCB will fit inside the box but I can't "open" the box inside Altium. How can I explode or take a 3D model apart in Altium?
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Altium warning: Adding items to hidden net +3.3V

I am drawing a schematic project in PCB Designer and facing the following warnings when I compile the project: Adding items to hidden net +3.3V and Adding items to hidden net Ground When I double ...
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Altium footprint manager

I am experiencing something very weird with the footprint manager. When I allocate and validate the footprint change of some component, the footpring manager ECO , I validate and execute and ...
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Problem to Altium

I installed a version of Altium (16). But in this software, PCB screen is invisible. Please look at the picture: As cab be seen, the black screen of PCB desktop is invisible. Schematic screen is ...
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Merge polygon pours in Altium Designer

I need to know if there is a way to merge two or more polygon pours of the same type, in order to have only one. So two objects that become one. Is this possible? Because anytime I need to redefine a ...
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Altium .PcbDoc document corrupt generation [closed]

I´ve installed Altium, but when generating the .PcbDoc document the environment keeps the same as at schematics, and can't work on it. I have reinstalled Altium many times, but it keeps happening ...
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How to import a hatch form AutoCAD to Altium Designer?

I have a hatch in AutoCAD 2015 in a separate layer. How can I import it into Altium Designer Platform Build 26245 to have a polygon pour? I mean to turn a hatch in AutoCAD into a polygon pour in ...
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How to create a circular polygon pour cutout in Altium Designer?

It is possible to choose "polygon pour cutout" from place menu and create one by clicking multiple points. but how can I create a circular one? I am using Platform Build 26245.
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Altium Designer 16: Baked symbols in schematic templates

I have a small number of template projects, including project file, schematic file, PCB file and Array file. These were created in AD 14, updated to 15 and now 16. The schematic contains a number of ...
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Altium Schematics: what does Locked function mean?

I am drawing a schematics in Altium Designer and faced this function when I double click on the components. I need to know when there is a component with different parts, ex: 4 parts. I have to assign ...
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Altium error: Net contains multiple output sheet entries

I'm having a hard with this one and cannot figure out how to deal with it. As shown in the figure below, ADC[0..2] is going out from A2 and A3 and in to A1: In details: ADC 0 is the output of ...
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Altium Designer - Printout templates

When i've to generate PDF files with printout layers, i must always add the missing layer i need. For example i usually draw the board outline on keepout layer, so everytime i have to add the keepout ...
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Altium Designer: How to handle these type of Nets?

I have such complicated Bus [0..4], which go out from Page 2 to Page 1, and then from Page 1 to Page 3 as shown in the figure below which is a Top Sheet: I receive the following error when I ...
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How do I fix this issue where Altium wants to print multiple pages?

I am trying to print out a PCB scaled 1:1 in order to ensure that my components and mounting holes are lined up perfectly. I've followed these exact instructions to do so: How to export and print the ...
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Altium | How to clear component clearance violation between two layers?

I'm a beginner of PCB designing. I'm running Altium Designer 15.0.15 As shown in the picture L2 and D2 are on two sides of the PCB and not causing a collision. But for the same component models and ...
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Annular rings size are different in manufacturer's online gerber viewer

I using Altium Designer 16. I'm begginer in PCB designing and i have done with routing in a small board. In order to check my pcb before making particular changes i encounder a problem which ...
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Altium Generic components

I am new to Altium designer and had a question. For all of their generic component libraries from the Altium vault they only have 0603(1608 Metric), 0805(2012 Metric) etc. From looking at ...
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Altium deisgner: drawing 4x10k resistor

I am drawing a schematics in Altium Designer. Based on an old design, there is 4*10k resistor as shown in the figure below. It is actually one component (one Part No in the library) with 4 different ...
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altium designer space bar doesn't rotate components

I am having a strange behaviour in altium 14. When I place a component on the PCB in PCB Editor, if i press space bar, instead of rotating the component by 90°, it only open a pop up box where I have ...
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altium designer - Could not find port 'PA0' on model 'tm4c1294_01' for pin 'PA0'

I am designing my very first PCB. I need a PCB with a cortex M4 core in a qtf package. I tried to follow this tutorial: ...
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PCB Design Ruleset

I have just started learning PCB Design (using Altium Designner) and I have a basic question about PCB Rule set. Rule set is defined by the Altium, but can we edit the rule set according to our ...
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Altium: unable to import from schematic

I have completed an Altium PCB design and now I want to change the footprint of one component. The "Import Changes from " button is inactive. How can this be enabled?
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Understanding the package drawing of a qfp

I am designing my very first PCB and there are a few things on the package drawing of my microcontroller that are unclear to me. Why are the sizes expressed in fractions? e.g.: 0,23/0,13 or ...
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How to Allow Shorts Between the same Net in Altium

I have some pads and tracks that are different primitives but are the same net in an Altium layout. Altium keeps flagging these as ShortCircuit DRC violations, but they're the same net, so I don't ...
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Altium: Unconnected port “xxx” at 550,430

As a new in Altium and trying compile my PCB project. I got a warning which says: Unconnected port "xxx" at 550,430 It seems really strange since I see a normal port which is connected to a BUS at ...
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Altium error: Open emitter pin and power pin object!

I am new with Altium Designer. I receive the following error: (+12V contains Open emitter pin and power pin object!) Here is the error schematic part: The error is in Pin 4. Any TIPS?
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Altium: can not remove or change black rectangle in panelization

I have a panelized pcb in altium. Opening it, a black rectangle shows in the background, as you can see in this picture: The rectangle has no relation with the panelized pcb. I want to remove it, ...
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What's the typical way to manage components for a team in Altium? Component libraries in a vault? SVN Database? Other?

I'm an EE for a growing company, and I'm looking for what's typical to manage components across multiple designs. When I say growing, I mean that there used to be one EE, as of last year I got added ...
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General queries about polygon pour - PCB Design

I finally decided to build my very own battery operated GPS device. So I started designing the PCB and i am having hard time understanding certain things. Here are the details of the board 2-Layer ...
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altium: where to find a generic logic gates ICs?

I'm looking to add a few generic logic gates to a schematic in Altium. Where can I find the components? I don't need to simulate the circuit and I don't need a PCB footprint - just the schematic ...
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Altium .Designator on Mechanical Layer

Is there a way to have the .Designator string in the component footprint center on the component? Designator string R1 will look left-justified on the component (which it is), and string R11 will seem ...
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how to restore defaults in altium-designer?

how to restore project options--> default prints tab to default the set to installation defaults button is dimmed . or at least restoring the whole project thanks
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GND plane under power switching circuit

I've a 4 layer PCB in which i've to layout a power switching supply mixed with digital signal circuit. My stack up is: -Top Layer: component and routing (power net and signals) ---internal plane 1: ...
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Impedance controlled traces in Altium without Planes

I designing a pcb in an application which need to have HSPA module, GNSS module (and WiFi perhaps). Due to designing complexity i thinking if i may have fixed impedance traces on 50 Ohms only in ...
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If two components on same net both require capacitor do I need to put it twice?

This is a pretty simple question, I'm guessing its a not so simple answer. Basically I want to know if I have two chips on my board, and on each of their data sheets it calls for a 0.1uF capacitor to ...
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Assigning numbers to the new components in Altium designer?

I am drawing a schematics in Altium designer. I have several schematics (sheets) in my current project. Some of the components have already a designator numbers like R5, C20, L13 ... etc. But some ...
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Project libraries don't show in Altium 14.1

I am having strange issue, because when I open my schematic document and try to add component, when I click on Libraries (it doesn't show my project libraries). Libraries. I try to edit in ...
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Place a whole lod of pads

We use pads without diameter (but with hole) as break lines in our PCBs. Often those are only 3-4 and can be placed by hand. Now we have a PCB with a break line requiring more of those and closer ...
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Steps to design a Molex connectors in ALTIUM for PCB design. Help!

I would like to design 2 molex connectors in Altium. Haven't done such connectors before and struggling hard to find my feet. I'm confused with the dimensions too. I'm attaching the both the data ...
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Altium interactive routing is always ignoring obstacles

I can cycle through all the modes of interactive routing, but Altium doesn't seem to care. Any trace I lay will just step right over other nets that already exist, with no effort to push or avoid. A ...
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Altium - Variation components wrongly displayed in 3d mode

I'm currently working on a project in Altium 16.0 with three different variants of assembly. After selecting which components should not appear on each variant o schematic, I updated the PCB. ...
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Altium designer transfer to pcb issue

I designing a pcb with 14 sheets in hierarchical option. In order to transfer my components to pcb doc i get error sign in some net names without error message! With that error i get "failed to add ...
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Altium 15 - Cannot see traces in 3D view

I am new to PCB designing and I've finished creating the my first prototype board. I want to send it to get printed but I'm worried that I haven't done my traces correctly because they do not show up ...
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Altium Database and Footprint density

I am curently trying to use database in altium. But i have one big question ? I am taking the way to get one database entry by resistor value. But after tha for example, for one 100k 0805 resistor, ...
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Converting Altium STP/STL model into solidwork

I need my STP/STL model to be re-captured in the 3D workspace environment from Altium to SolidWorks. Can any one help me on this and can it indeed be done? Norman
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Displaying names inside pads in Altium

By default net names and pin numbers are displayed inside pads in the pcb editor. Is it possible to have pin names visible instead of just their number? Thanks
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Altium “Footprint Comparison Report” - Ignoring specific footprint/component?

I am typically running the "Footprint Comparison Report" as part of the validation/release process in the "Design Release" dialog to verify that all footprints are up to date. However from time to ...
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Extracting footprint existing PCB in Altium

I'm in the process of designing a carrier for an existing PCB. The upper layer of the carrier should contain pads to connect to the holes on the side of the original board. I can re-create the ...