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Altium: Surface Mount Test Pad Passing Through PCB

I'm working on a PCB in Altium that will sit inside an assembly above another board. The board on the bottom has a test pad, but once everything is assembled it will be inaccessible. Therefore, I am ...
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PCB, Plated hole with annular ring on only one side

I need my pads for connectors to be plated so that the pins from the connectors can be soldered. But the bottom side cannot have copper pad/annular ring. I have made the pads as shown in the figure ...
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Creating an Integrated Circuit Component in Altium

I am new to PCB designing and I am new to Altium. I want to make a schematic, PCB design and simulate a RF circuit involving a GPS receiver front end IC MAX2769. Altium library does not have this IC. ...
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SMD package sizes in Altium

I'm a little confused about the standard SMD package sizes. Say I have picked some capacitors, and their package is 1005 (0402). Would this have the exact same footprint as a resistor or inducor with ...
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How to view SchDoc files online?

I have a file witch was designed with "Altium Designer". How could i view this file without needing to install "Altium Designer"? it is preferred to do this with an online app.
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Altium Connections

In Altium, does a multilayer Pad with the same net as a plane (internal ground plane in this case) automatically connect to that plane, or is a separate via required?
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Altium Summer 09 Unknown PIN Errors

Altium is killing me! I am basically doing a semi-volunteer project to learn Altium, my previous workplace used Eagle. I made a library from scratch and compiled it to an integrated library. The ...
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Altium repeated sheets

I have a sheet that needs to be repeated 30 times. Normally this has not been an issue. However, one of the components in the sheet is a shift register that has a serial in and a serial out (for ...
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Altium 09 Copy Footprint between libraries

Just starting out on Altium. I want to start my own library and eventually end with a big library. This is Altium 09 and not the new one with access to the vault. According to the website: ...
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CVS/repository for Altium [closed]

I am trying to build a versioning system/repository for my Altium design project/files. Can anyone recommend a versioning system(preferably open source) for such files?
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Connecting to a split plane in Altium

I am using Altium 14.0.9. I have a split plane on my inner layer of a 4 layer PCB. This split plane is connected to the net C6_2. It is basically 2 polygons on my ...
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Altium PCB: what do these patterns on traces and vias mean?

I was just checking a PCB design, and found these box-patterns on some of the nets. What do they mean?
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Altium: Polygon Pour Direct Connect on Vias, Relief Connect on Pads

I'm not even sure if this should go here on the EE StackExchange or if there's a CAD board, but I'm posting it here just in case. I am working on a 2-sided SMD PCB that has vias and SMD pads. On the ...
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Can't move objects with Altium

I'm designing a PCB with Altium 14 composed by 4 SMT headers (2 on top, rest on bottom) but everytime I try to move them it puts the cursor on coordinates -4699.664,49086.331 (way, way far from my ...
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Why does this BGA component have a keep-out layer?

I've pulled the Telit GE864-GPS (datasheet) from the Altium vault. The footprint has a keep-out layer, which prevents me from placing tracks to any pad without using vias. As the pitch is 2.5mm the ...
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Place logo on Top layer in Altium

I use the "PCB Logo Creator" script to convert my BMP logo and import it into the top layer. It works well. But I don't want to do this "conversion" every time, so I made the generated logo to a part ...
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What's the meaning of the “key” symbols in Altium?

I'm routing a PCB board with Altium. Today I find when my mouse hover on the pads, it shows some shadowed "key" symbols. What's the meaning of them?
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Altium - How to merge polygons?

I have a situation where my polygon looks like the teeth of a comb. I don't want to have multiple polygons and I don't want to manually route the shapes. I'd like to make one "tooth" and then just ...
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How can I rotate a part in Altium without an collision error?

When I select a component when its rotated 0 degrees, 90 degrees or anything that is a multiple of 90 degrees, I get get a selection like seen below with C62. Notice how the selection highlights the ...
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How to rotate 3D body around X axis in Altium Designer

I have a simple question about Altium Designer 13.1, to what I could not find the answer so far. How can I rotate a 3D body object around the X axis? I have checked at here and on Google without any ...
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Connect pins with same pin desinator in Altium footprint

I've made a relay's footprint in Altium. The relay's two contact terminal are three pads each, as below. And the schematic symbol is as below: In my schematic, I don't give the two terminals any ...
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Correct way to define board outline?

I'm a student and am almost ready to have a PCB I designed fabricated, but I'm confused about how the board outline should be defined. Here's what I currently have: I also have a 20mil keepout ...
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how to prevent short circuit between thermal pad and vias on it as it is recommended that exposed pad should not connect to GND

All my QFN footprints are made with the Altium internal "Tools -> IPC Compliant Footprint Wizard". I get nice footprints with vias in the thermal pad. When I try to place one of those footprints to ...
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How to export and print the PCB in Altium

Hi I have done a very basic PCB (only one layer) with Altium, but when I'm trying to export the pdf, the obtained file has different sizes: in particular my 15x15cm circuit is expanded to the whole A4 ...
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Altium Rename net label, auto update its connection

I have many net labels in schematics, now I want to rename some of them. But when I do, it doesn't update other net labels with same name. Lets say I have 5 connection with 1 net label "Pin1", now I ...
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Which files to version control for an Altium PCB project?

I'm trying to create the .gitignore file for an Altium project that is versioned with git and stored remotely on GitHub. I don't want my teammates to continually ...
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Unshown compile error in Altium Designer 13.1

I have a schematic sheet in Altium Designer 13.1 and I made an unconnected label on purpose. (In the red rectangle) My problem is: when I compile this sheet, there is no error shown in the ...
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How to panelize gerber files?

I am planning on ordering a panel with four different designs on it. Two were made in Altium, while the other two were made in Eagle. Altium has a great tool for panelizing boards designed in it, but ...
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Updating Schematic Component/Footprint in Altium Designer 15.0

I am building a library for Altium Designer version 15.0 and have a schematic component as well as a PCB footprint. The footprint is linked to the schematic through the dialog opened when I ...
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Altium custom shield as component, allow other component to be inside

I'm creating a shield for arduino and to avoid recreating it in future, I created its base as component(both schematics and pcb) and only added arduino header pads in it. Everything is just working ...
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Altium Designer, change decimal separator

I'm wondering if it is possible to change the decimal separator in Altium Designer from a "." to a ","? I have looked for it and Googled it but I can't find anything.
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Show Pads with their Name on PCB altium

I have imported a schematic in PCB and placed components. But one thing is missing, its not showing pads names as they are appearing in schematic. It can only show Designator and Comments of component ...
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Non tinted text on pcb altium

I added a string in PCB Editor and it is on Top Layer, which is good. But when viewing in 3D, its tinted. Its behind the color layer and not appearing clearly as it should like pads(the carbon part). ...
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How to generate Assembly drawing in Altium

How to generate Assembly drawing with designators inside the boxes like this in Altium? Is it by placing designators (silkscreens) inside manually? I guess not.
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Altium doesn't show traces when interactively routing

When I try interactive routing, the traces don't show up until after I leave the interactive routing state. I've tried resetting desktop layouts, and showing all connections, but nothing I've seen ...
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How can I create an Integratet Library from a Vault component?

Im pretty new to Altium Designer, so i hope you can help me. While searching for some speacial components, I found some of them in the Vault database, but with the wrong footprints. Thats why I'd ...
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What does this symbol with white rectangles around my vias mean in Altium?

I'm doing a PCB in Altium and I don't know what these white rectangles beside my vias are meant to indicate. A screen shot is below:
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How to display a custom parameter value in the PCB footprint of my Altium component?

Suppose my component has a string-valued parameter named "Label". I'd like the PCB footprint for this component to automatically display whatever value was set for this parameter in the schematic ...
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“Net Antennae Violation” on Pad -> Via -> GND plane connection

I just started routing my first PCB on Altium. It is a simple 2-layer board with bottom layer as dedicated GND plane. I started out placing GND vias for GND pads of the top layer SMD components like ...
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Altium, how to add 74HC165 in schematic

I want to add a 74HC165 in schematic using Altium. But I'm unable to find 74HC165. Do I have to create own library for it ?
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What's your approach when making footprints from a drawing with relative dimensions?

I want to make a footprint for a mini USB connector. Here's the recommended layout from the datasheet: I'm not very experienced with making footprints and find the dimensions inconvenient since ...
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Which IPC standard provides land pattern dimensions?

This answer says it's IPC-7351, but I'm not seeing anything about land pattern dimensions in the table of contents. I'm wanting to make footprints in Altium and I found the IPC Compliant Footprint ...
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Altium Designer - fabrication output out of scale

I'm trying to make circuit board using thermal transfer method. When I done with drawing pcb board in project, I saved it as fabrication output (previously setting scale 1.00 in Page Setup), and ...
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Modular PCB design in Altium

I need a way to reuse my PCBs that I designed before in my new board as a module. the problem with multichannel design is that I should change some component names in schematic, so I can not use the ...
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Altium Error: Multiple top level documents has been used

I made a project with two PCB boards. There are two top level sheets, and two corresponding PCB boards for each. The Power supply board is only providing power to board A. I have been getting ...
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Altium Creating Custom SMD Pad Shape

I tried to create a custom pad shape in altium desginer 14 for my pcblib but i missing a option in altium to assign a designator to the region. i already assigned solder/paste mask and now placed a ...
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Move pads separately in altium

Is it possible to move individual pads of a component separately ? Since diodes and resisters has long legs, they can go over.
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Set PCB size with values altium

I've been searching for a way to set PCB size in Altium, I can change size using Mouse, but there is no way I found to change it to some values using keyboard. Like I want to change PCB size to 10" x ...
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Altium place string (letter with macron)

I am looking for a way to place a macron in top of a letter on the silk screen. in Altium i have only 3 fonts to chose from default??, Sans Serif and Serif non of them supports macron for capital ...
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how to change the structure of the schemetic components in altium designer

I downloaded a library for microchip PIC18F in altium designer. The schematic component for PIC18F2455 is show in the figure (left). But what I want is the component looks like - right part of the ...