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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 ...
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Altium Designer Errors - Minimum Annular Rings

How can i solve this error? Minimum Annular Ring (Minimum=0.225mm) (((ObjectKind = 'Pad') OR (ObjectKind = 'Via')) And (Layer = 'MultiLayer') And (HoleDiameter <= AsMM(0.45)))
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Altium 'Adaptive' Routing

I recently switched from Mentor Graphics Expedition to Altium 14. I really like a lot of Altiums features but efficient routing still eludes me. In mentor my typical workflow was: Place components ...
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signal ground and power ground

I'm making a PCB with two ground signals, power ground and signal ground. These two shall be connected together at one spot on the PCB, after recommendations from the datasheet. But how is this done ...
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Component Guide Pins on PCB Footprint

I've just been working my way through and getting more experienced with Altium, I've almost got it doing exactly what I need for my design. The last thing I can't figure out is how to define the guide ...
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Drawing a tactile switch in Altium

I apologize if this is a bit broad, but I'm struggling to use Altium Designer 14.3. I've got a tactile switch I need to arrange a few of them on my board with some pin headers and LED's. The switch ...
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How to create footprint from IC diagram when no recommended layout is given?

I'm a student trying to create a library part in Altium for an Analog Devices AD8232. Most IC datasheets give a recommended footprint to use, but the AD8232 datasheet only shows the IC itself: I ...
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Altium silkscreen art

I'm trying to design a logo in silkscreen in Altium without importing an image. I find that when I import a design it is made up of a huge number of primitives making it very difficult to work with. ...
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Why do I get 'Unmatched Nets' in Altium and how do I remove them?

I'm trying to import a Schematic to PCB in Altium and I get this message that there are unmatched nets cropping up: The PCB is empty, I've searched in the Schematic for them but I can't find them. ...
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How do you change the default via dimensions in Altium?

When I place a via, it always has a diameter of 1.27mm and a hole size of 0.711mm. I want all of my vias to be smaller and it's really annoying to have to change them manually EVERY time. I tried ...
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Can I split a PCB using Altium?

I'm starting my first PCB using Altium and I want to take advantage of small dimensions PCBs cost in order to make my PCB cheaper. As an example take the image below. On the left there's the full PCB ...
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Customizing pin orientation in Altium schematic library

In Altium, I want to have the Name of the pin in horizontal orientation while the pin is in vertical orientation like But do not get the option in the pin properties dialog box. Here, the ...
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Altium 3D not showing textures

i Finished my design and now im trying to make it fully 3D with STEP 214 models formwww.3dcontentcentral.es however as you can see even when im gettign the right models they just look like this, when ...
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pick and place cannot read LCC module

The assembly house has a P&P machine (Yamaha i-pulse M4S) and the export file is from Altium. All components are read from the machine fine except an LCC gsm module MG323-b which has a particular ...
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How would I use the same component arrangement for each instance of a sheet symbol?

I'm designing a PCB using Altium. I am a beginner and I'm using sheet symbols to design 6 identical circuits. Making a billion circuits with identical schematics is easy, but in order to make the PCB ...
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Where to find an 0805 SMD LED in Altium?

I'm trying to learn to use Altium and am having a really difficult time finding components. I discovered capacitors and resistors in ...
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How do you measure a distance along the Z axis in Altium?

If you hit CTRL+M, it's easy to take a measurement along the x or y axis. If you want to measure along the Z axis (for instance, the height of a 3D body), how do you do it? I googled "measure the ...
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What is the proper zero orientation for a SMT LED?

What is the proper zero orientation for a SMT LED? According to screaming circuits and IPC-7351, the cathode should be on the left for a molded diode. HOWEVER, when I use Altium's component wizard to ...
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Can Altium do via stitch patterns when interactive routing a group?

I am currently only able to route a group to the next layer with a line of via's like below: I would like to be able to route them something like this: It would really save space but it takes a ...
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Altium tracks being unrouted

While fixing another problem, Im noticing that some of traces are broken. The board was 90% routed, and now some of those completed traces are incomplete, like as if there was a small break in them. ...
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Altium PCB layout net error

I've routed a board, and redid my designators in the schematic and updated the changes to the pcb. In doing so, the nets which I have routed, now give me an error. Basically what's happened is that ...
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Merging / Concatenating Buses in Altium Designer

In Altium Designer 14.3 I am trying to merge two 16bit buses into a 32bit bus with one of the input buses becoming the lower 16 bits and the other the upper 16bits of the output bus. Below is an image ...
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How can I use “favorite via” during routing with Altium?

I've set up a few via favorites within Altium, butI can't seem to figure out how to cycle through the various presets. How can I cycle through favorite via presets during routing ?
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Export Gerbers from Altium to CAM350

I'm in the process of exporting a PCB design from Altium. At present I'm saving the output as a .cam file. I've sent this file to a fabricator that uses CAM350 v11 and they are getting an error along ...
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Altium & Patterned Colors

Is is possible to add color fill patterns to standard design layer colors in Altium Designer? I can only find and use solid and transparent colors for all design layers, but cannot figure out if or ...
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Altium Designer: How to tell the auto router not to place vias too close to other components?

My team is designing a very large PCB in Altium Designer (about four hundred 0603 components) and are using the auto router. The issue we're facing is that the auto router is placing some vias too ...
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Project Parameters as variable In Altium

I can't for the life of me figure out how to make the Project parameters show up in my schematic template. I have a variable string called =Title which I'd like to set in the project parameters, but ...
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How to make valid harness port when generate sub-sheet from vhdl

I have an VHDL file (a block) with huge count of the different port that can't combined into the one bus because they have different names. These signals will be further connected to different parts ...