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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 ...
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Component keep-out on particular layer in Altium

I'm making a heat sink footprint for TO220 in Altium. I think route tracks under the heat sink is not a good idea. So I want to give the footprint a keep-out, but the keep-out region on Keep-Out layer ...
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Altium Power Plane Gerber inverted

Good Day I used internal power planes for the first time (Altium), and I now want to generate fabrication outputs in the form of Gerbers. The gerber below illustrates my internal GND plane, to ...
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BOM style output for library in Altium

I have done a bit of searching and haven't found a solution so I am going to ask here. Does anyone know how to get Altium to print out a spreadsheet of all components in a schematic library ...
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Altium : vias under pad for power drawing and thermal dissipation

On my design, a TO228 mosfet will conduct much power. Under it, I put two Fills (one on top and one on bottom layer). I plan to link them with vias in order to conduct better power and to user the ...
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Need help in Altium polygon copper pour selects and deselects using arcs, angles, full circles

This is a follow up question of my previous question. I've done this board using AutoCAD and exported to DXF. After that I used Altium designer to import the DXF file in which the outline turned ...
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Altium hide component designators in fabrication ourput gerber

As the title says, is there a way to hide the component designators in the fabrication ourput in Altium AD15? I have a very tight board with 0402 parts very close, so there is no room for the ...
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Angles and measurement - PCB design help

I have started doing PCB design from last month and very new to this. I have done tiny bits on eagle cad and Altium cad but still learning things everyday. Now I got a challenging board to do. Though ...
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Altium : How to design a width rule for a subset of a net?

On my current design, I want to set a width rule for some nets which provide power in order to get them fatter. I set a net class on the net,set a rule and it works pretty well. Now, this net is ...
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Preventing Altium via stitching on the designators

In Altium, I want to add via stitching on the ground pours. But the vias sometimes are placed on the designators. I don't want to adjust the designators on silk every time after stitching. So, is ...
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Altium: Two adjacent Prepreg layers in stack manager

Is there a way to add two adjacent prepreg layers in the Altium Layer Stack Manager? When you add a layer it adds copper as well, and when you remove the copper it removes the dielectric. I am ...
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altium : update lib without updating the package used

I have a lib with a component that exposes 2 different packages. Each time I update the schematic from the lib, altium overrides all occurences of this component to the other package. How can I avoid ...
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Altium : How to connect pads of an F antenna

I'm designing a reverse F antenna. It is connected to ground and the antenna line. It is built of several place fill with small overlaps. To do this, I declared the component as a net tie. The ...
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Altium designiing a component with two models but not the same number of pads

I'm designing a quartz component. I would like to use it with differents packages like those ones : First Type at RS-Online and Second Type at Farnell One of them has 2 pads, the other has the same ...
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How to exit from this view mode in Altium!

There are so many shortcut keys in Altium. I entered this view mode without noticing what keys I stroked, just can't exit from this view mode :(.
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Altium clearance between different layers to control crosstalk /capacitance

I want to set a clearance rule between different layers in a multi-layer board. In particular, I have a signal class on one internal layer that a polygon pour in another layer needs to avoid. I ...
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Export drawings in Altium Designer

I'm starting to use Altium Designer. Can't find how to export drawings to picture (JPEG,GIF) format. I do File->Export I ...
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Altium error: Un-connected Pin Constraint

I have a pad in a IC left unconnected. I have set No ERC on that pin in the schematics to suppress of all violations. But I still get "Un-connected Pin Constraint" error in PCB. How can I ...
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Auto snap to the selected component when press “M,S” in Altium

In Altium schematic editor, select one component, and press "M", then "S" (move the selected object), when you press the mouse button now(anywhere on the sheet, even not on the component), the cursor ...
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Altium Differential Pair Routing Via to Via Clearance

In Altium 14.3 how can one define via to via clearance in differential pair routing to produce a different spacing between via to via and track to track? I defined a design Rule: ...
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How to trace a net in Altium Designer viewer (search for all places a signal is used)?

Given a net or off-sheet symbol, how can I follow the entire net, and (this part is important) step through all connections on all sheets? It seems like a simple thing, but I just can't find it. The ...
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Altium - Repeated block

I've a PCB with repeated blocks. I made the design using rooms and coping from the source room to all the others. All work fine, from the the schematic using herarchical block to PCB. There is only a ...
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Is there a way to use off sheet connectors in a hierarchical design within Altium?

I'm running into a situation where I am running out of space on each sheet I have for a design. I can't increase the sheet size because when I print off the design, the contents would be too small. I ...
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Add existing pad/via to existing PvLib (Pad/Via library)

As the title states: Is there a way to add an existing pad/via from the board to an existing pad/via library as a template? There is an option to add an existing pad template to a new library, but ...
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Polygon pour error in Altium

I am using Altium (Ver 14). I designed the board and all seemed fine. But, when I edited the same PCB today, it behaves funny. I have quite a few polygons on my PCB. Previously the polygon would ...
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Altium Designer 10 - How to make track connected to pad rule

Does anybody know how to make a rule in Altium Designer on a track connected to a pad? Now I'm able to make rule on pad and on track separately, but sometimes I need to make a rule on a track only in ...
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Altium Issue: PCB Switch Pad Nets for Rubber Button

I am currently trying to create a component in Altium for a rubber keypad switch. This will be like the ones in TV remotes etc where there are a mesh of fingers connected when the conductive pill ...
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Altium Designer, Solder mask layer

I designed my first PCB and had it manufactured, but there was no solder mask on the manufactured PCB. Is there a specific setting that i need make in order to enable the solder mask layer? I am using ...
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In Altium footprints my design keeps moving

I have created a panel design in Altium footprints and everytime I change pages to either a pcb doc or another footprint the design I created moves out of view. Even though saved and primitives locked ...
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Altium Designer - How to make chamfer on 90 degrees tracks?

My need, is what you can read in the title: how can I make chamfer in 90° tracks connections? I've found a way to do that but works only with auto-routing. I want to do it manually. I have Altium ...
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Conventional way to manage and use the libraries in Altium

I guess I have been always doing it wrong way because I don't have to use Altium so often. Whenever I start a project I create a schematic library (*.schlib) and a PCB library (*pcblib). And then I ...
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How to set text layout in a custom component in a different angle in Altium?

I'm wondering how to set the text of a parameter in a component in a different angle, so different angles have different layouts when you press spacebar? Like what a standard component does in ...
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Why the “print” buttons are disabled in my AltiumDesigner project?

Here might not be the right place to ask but I couldn't find the proper place. My problem is when I want to print a PCB the buttons are not clickable. If I open print a schematic file, they work. ...
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Altium — how to link multiple real parts to a library component for supplier live links?

I have an interesting use case for the Altium Supplier Live Links feature: I have several library components that I've made as one schematic component/footprint, but requires two real parts. An ...
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Import a verilog net list into Altium

what is the best way to import a verilog net list (from cadence) into the PCB designer software ALTIUM. We specify the used chips on a PCB with a very simple verilog module definition like ...
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Creating gerber layer for glue screen creation

We are trying to get away from using a glue dotter. Instead we would like to use our screener to apply the glue to the board. The gerber files we get from our customers have the layer for the pads ...
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EAGLE for 10 layer boards with 337-ball BGA?

I have been using EAGLE for some years. The boards I have designed had the following specs: up to 4 layers 6mil spacing densest package: QFN, 0.4mm pitch only "ordinary" vias mainly (low frequency) ...
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Altium Designer 15.1: “From-To”s are only displayed when moving component

I am having an issue in Altium Designer 15.1 where the "From-To"s are only shown when I'm moving the component. I prefer them to be visible all the time. I have gone into the layer stack dialog, ...
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Altium Nets has multiple names with multi-channel

I use a multi-channel design like described in Multi-Channel Design Concepts. But on my design (very similar to what is done in the tuto) I have warnings about nets that have multiple names : ...
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Altium error when simulating diode

I have a rather simple circuit and would like to have it simulated. It uses a Schottky diode from the Misc Devices.IntLib, but it keeps giving me an error. It looks like the .nsx is using incorrect ...
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What hole size for test probe to get a snug fit?

I’m designing a bed of nails test jig. I want my test probes to fit snugly in the circuit board, but want to allow for variation in the through hole plating of the hole. In Altium, when you specify ...
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Altium - Component outline

The default outline selection of a component is rectangular: Is there a way to set it to follow the real outline?: I'd like to do it to be able to place components in the middle without adding a ...
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Generic parts library for Altium Designer 15?

I am just started using the Altium Designer 15 on 30 trial. I realize the library is empty by default. And as a trial user it seems I don't get access to the Altium Vault (cloud based part library?). ...
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Show Pad Nets Seemingly Not Working in Altium

For some reason, the PCB is not showing net names on the pads I have all connections (rats nests) visible I have checked the "Show Pad Nets" and "Show Via Nets" under the View Configurations > View ...
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Altium. Multichannel design. How to specify the repeat(port) connection order?

I am doing a multichannel design with Altium. Each channel has an 2 input ports called ID0 and ID1 which are used to set the address (or ID) of each of the channels. How do you specify the connection ...
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Altium - refusing to load footprint

I made a custom Footprint, whenever I try to link to a schematic library, Altium refuse and just pop a random footprint instead. What are the reasons that could lead altium to refuse to load a ...
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Altium - Custom Pad

How can I set number to custom made pads for surface mount in Altium? Here the picture So it is just shape that I drew on top/bottom solder layer and top/bottom layer. How can I give pin number to ...