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Altium clear region

I have a four layer board: Signal, GND (internal power plane), VCC (internal ground plane), signal. My design includes a chip antenna that requires a completely cleared region at the edge of the PCB. ...
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Save Footprints from PCB in Altium

I have a script that convert Eagle PCB to Altium PCB. It creates the components, tracks, pads, etc. Everything works ok. I can click on "component" like the resistor footprint, and move it, etc. Now, ...
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Avoiding solder mask in certain region in Altium PCB design

I want to have a region in my PCB without solder mask while the other regions should have solder mask. I am not sure how do I do it in Altium? Is it by having a Solid (copper) Fill in the Top/Bottom ...
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Altium, PCB component selection problem

Is there a way to set Altium to select only COMPONENT and not anything else like pads, nearby text or polygons? I'm used to OrCAD where click simply selects the components required to be moved.
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Altium custom library randomly works/fails

I have created a custom library (both sch and pcb, both the same name too) for altium 2009 summer release. I keep them in a separate folder, and after adding them to a project, they work fine, ...
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Altium: create a component that expands to multiple footprints

I am using a component that requires two headers to connect to it. I currently have a single footprint for this component that simply includes two copies of the connecting header. The problem I'm ...
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What are these double lines in Altium designer?

I have a problem with Altium: I want to know what these lines are. They look like a net with 2 perpendicular lines, but I don't know what it is! It's very boring to design my circuit. How do I ...
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Edit a silkscreen over a gerber file in Altium

I have some gerber files that are perfect, except the legend. I would like to include some useful information on the top silkscreen. is it possible to edit a new PCB using a gerber file as background ...
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Altium trace width rule applied to blanket only

In Altium, I set a rule for PCB trace width and clearances for a high current net but I only want it applied to that blanket that I have created in the schematic. I have monitoring lines that wont be ...
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Altium update from schematic - delete and add component constantly

When I issue an engineering change order to update my PCB from the schematic window, 2 components are always deleted and added every time. How can I stop this?
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Does Altium Designer 14 work with Windows 8?

I have a AD 09 license from my school, and they said it would not work on a W8 pc. Now I am in process of getting a new laptop. Since most laptops come with W8, I am wondering if I will be able to run ...
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Altium, it is possible to mirror the silk screen?

I am trying to build a simple PCB at home. It is a single layer PCB, and I would like to transfer the silk screen on the back side, mirrored. But for that, I need to mirror text, etc. To design the ...
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Altium Designer: How do I scale the output gerber file generated by Smart PDF into 1:1 ratio?

I'm trying to export a PCB layout PDF from Altium Designer 13.2.5. When my PCB design is open, I click Menu > File > Smart PDF... to open the PDF generation wizard. Throughout the wizard, I do the ...
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Altium: fetch nets of components from schematic alone with DelphiScript

I would like to automatically derate certain components in a schematic using DelphiScript. For example, say we have a 5V and 12V net in our schematic and some 16V capacitors on each of those nets. In ...
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Altium footprint Wizard SOT669

Anyone know if the footprint wizard in Altium can be used to generate SOT669 package footprints? It appears to me that its only capable of 3 lead MOSFETs. I searched the web and couldn't find ...
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Altium says my labels are floating

Been using Altium and multi sheet projects for a while. My latest project involves a lot of signals so I'm trying to keep things tidy using lots of labels, ports, busses. So I have a bus for enable ...
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Altium - Daisy-chaining repeated schematic sheets

Is there a more elegant way to do the following? Essentially I am trying to daisy-chain multiple "LED" devices, each with a data-in and data-out port. So do1 will be connected to di2, do2 -> di3... ...
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Imported 3D Models are always white?

Every time I try to create a footprint and embed an .stl file of the actual mechanical CAD of the part, the color information seems to get lost. When I select the footprint in the .PcbLib file, ...
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Routing rules for components in Altium

Is there a way to make a speciffic routing rule applicable only for selected components (or component class)? I want to define some "routing width" rules that will start routing the same net (e.g. ...
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How to add Mouse Bites or V-Groove to PCB In Altium?

I know mouse bites are more used to snap off one of many of the same boards in a panelized array, but I'm hoping to put mouse bites to snap off part of the same board if that's possible. Is there ...
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Altium layers “blacked out”

I have somehow hit a shortcut in Altium that causes all of the layers that I am not currently working on to become grey. I can change layers and they are still there. How do I turn this off? It is not ...
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Altium Redundant ECO

Hello I am doing board layout in Altium but whenever I import changes from schematics Altium performs a redundant ECO where it just adds and deletes the same 39 components. For example: 1) I import ...
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Can't see Line or Track in Altium while placing the Line or Track

I'm no longer able to see the track or line I am placing in Altium PCB while I'm placing it. When I've completed the placement it shows up. Somehow I've turned on this "feature" and can't turn it ...
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Multiple net names in Altium Designer

We are currently designing a large PCB where multiple engineers are contributing to the schematic layouts in Altium Designer 13. We decided to use a hierarchical layout for our design so that each ...
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How to convert Proteus PCB design (ARES .LYT) to Altium Designer (.PCB)?

I am familiar with Proteus software and have designed my PCB with its ARES package. Now I want to order it and found a company that offers good price but they only accept PCB layouts in .PCB format. ...
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Are Altium Vaults worth it for a small company?

I'm going through the process of starting a bunch of new design work in Altium at the moment at my company, and am trying to decide whether it's worth going through the effort of setting up the Altium ...
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Can i calculate the parasitic capacitance in Altium?

As you know for calculate the capacitor of crystal(for MCU) you should use of this equation: CX = 2*(CL - Cstray) We can find the Cl in crystal's datasheet but, for Cstray, we should calculate: ...
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Reset Port Identifiers in Altium Designer

Lately I have been working on a new design in Altium (a derivative of my last ARM board) but I have run into a problem. I am at the stage of compiling the schematic documents and checking for ...
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Exporting 2D part outline data from Altium?

Anyone know if there's a way to export Altium PCB part outlines (I don't care about the detailed view of a part, just its physical 2D circle or polygon envelope) to an easy-to-parse output file? I ...
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Altium: One resistor, or multiple resistors on your lib?

How you deal with resistors and capacitors in Altium? If you have a single resistor/capacitor, it is easy later to change values, etc, but how do you deal with the BoM later? But, if you have ...
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Why make all the PCB GND or VCC?

Recently I saw a PCB that it was all Ground and other Nets were Routed inside that. I found out that in order to do that (In DXP software) you have to do as following: But the question is what is ...
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Any-angle routing in Altium?

I have a design with a very thin and curvy board shape, so any-angle routing is absolutely required. My favorite EDA software is Altium, so right now I have only two options, both bad, for how to ...
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Altium Simulation Node Voltages

When simulating a circuit in Altium it generates signals based on the components and net labels placed in the circuit, eg: r1[i] r1[p] v1 v2 Altium also adds the ...
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Sane default for Altium pastemask expansion?

I am rather new to layout work. I am asking this question to sanity check that: The pastemask expansion is supposed to be negative (paste area smaller than the pad), right? My vendor said to use ...
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Altium Varied Polygon Connections

I want to change the connection rules for a few polygons in my board. for experimentation purposes I set the default rule to have direct connects on all polygons. Then created a second rule with ...
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SOT23-5 Package vs SOT23-5L…Differences?

I'm designing a board which uses an LDO that comes in the SOT23-5 package. I have these parts in my possession, and on the part label (from Digikey) it displays that it is a SOT23-5, which makes ...
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Altium - having trouble pouring copper

As you can see above, I'm trying to make a copper pour connect all the GND nodes. I could run a track and define its width to be huge (accomplishing the same thing) but I don't really think that's ...
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Configure Pin Swapping in Altium for a library component?

I was wondering if someone knew if there was a way to configure pin swap groups on a library component in Altium, rather than from the schematic, so I didn't have to do it every time I put down a ...
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Altium cannot find harness files of design

I downloaded the project source files from the ROACH project: https://casper.berkeley.edu/wiki/ROACH-2_Revision_2 I tried importing them in Altium Designer, but it cannot find the harness files, ...
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Routing in Altium

Here is a picture of board: I want to route pad 23 to 48. But the path gap is narrow. So I am not able to route it. Auto routing also couldn't route. I changed the design rules for solder mask and ...
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How to automatically position designators in Altium?

Is there any way to automatically place component designators in Altium such they are all visible and doesn't overlap other components? A clear example is described here but it seems it is a separate ...
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Altium: reuse schematic AND pcb layout

I want to build a circuit with many repeating pieces of schematic/pcb layout, and I want to reuse both schematic & pcb layout. Altium offers to reuse schematic, or reuse pcb separately - via ...
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Importing Drawings ( DXF ) in Altium

I'm having trouble importing DXF / DWG into Altium. I followed the procedure outlined in the Altium wiki File-->Import (selected my dxf) and nothing shows up on my mechanical layer. I've tried ...
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Altium help with Routing

I am working with a new computer at my company learning Altium. I have created the schematic and the PCB files inside my project and successfully imported everything from the schematic to the PCB. My ...
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Cannot find SMD resistors in Altium

I just moved from Eagle to Altium. I cannot find SMD resistors in Altium libraries. In Eagle, there are almost all general components. In Altium there are only few resistors. Where can I download the ...
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Altium: Query to target Vias in Pads

Does anyone have a Altium query/selector that targets vias in SMT pads? I'm routing a very dense HDI board, and would like to make rules that exclusively target vias that are inside a component pad ...
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Altium Thermal Pad shortcircuit

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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Where is Altium Designer 13 Supplier Unit Price in BOM? [closed]

I got a month trial from Altium sometime in January, I believe that was Altium 12. While playing around with it, one thing we liked was that that for our BOM we can retrieve live supplier information ...
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Altium: Harness as output of MultiChannel block

I'm designing a schematic containing a MultiChannel block. I would like to use a Harness with outgoing signals as port. If I use a single wire, I get a bus at the output. This is clear. But how can I ...
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Multichannel design in a Multisheet hierarchy project (Altium)

I'm working on another design that has multiple channels for a few circuits with in a multisheet design in Altium Designer. I have a top sheet that contains all my sub systems as sheet symbols. One ...