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Does Altium Designer Summer 09 has footprints for SMD electrolytic capacitors? If so, where can I find them?

SMD electrolytic cap

I've noticed the dimensions of these type of capacitors are given in diameter x height. How can I find out the dimensions of the pads, provided I don't have the datasheets for the capacitors?

Is there a standard for the SMD electrolytic capacitors' footprints?

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    \$\begingroup\$ You shouldn't use parts for which you can't get datasheets. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jun 15 '12 at 8:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ @stevenvh ARGH! Ask me about it! In Turkey, we have electronics part suppliers that give only the inductance of an SMT, SMPS inductor! No, datasheet, even no parameters! You have to buy a sample, measure and create a footprint.. How sad.. \$\endgroup\$ – abdullah kahraman Jun 15 '12 at 8:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ @stevenvh Yeah, Digi-Key ships to Turkey, however it is going to be VERY expensive. I don't think it is different to Romania either.. Come be an electronics designer in Turkey, you will love it :) \$\endgroup\$ – abdullah kahraman Jun 15 '12 at 8:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @abdullah - Hey, nobody asked you to become an engineer! ;-) You can always open a döner kebab restaurant. No more worries about datasheets! :-) \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jun 15 '12 at 8:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ @abdullah - What hot weather? Only 18°C here in Belgium, we haven't seen much summer yet this year :-( \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jun 15 '12 at 8:49
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Here are land pattern details for those capacitors:

https://web.archive.org/web/20131102032848/http://industrial.panasonic.com/www-data/pdf/ABA0000/ABA0000PE251.pdf

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you bring over information so that it is not just a PDF, although a footprint lookup is a pretty localized question... \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jun 15 '12 at 20:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk I assume there are standard footprints for all SMD electrolytic capacitors. IMO, it's not a localized question at all. \$\endgroup\$ – m.Alin Jun 17 '12 at 19:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @m.Alin, May be the case, this is still a link only answer that needs to be expanded. Your question was not for general footprints for SMD, it was for this specific chip. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jun 17 '12 at 20:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Leon, the link has perished, unfortunately. Could you fix it please? \$\endgroup\$ – Nick Alexeev Mar 20 '16 at 0:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ It's still there! \$\endgroup\$ – Leon Heller May 27 '18 at 13:26
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I'm not sure which library Altuim keeps the SMD electrolytic capacitors, but I suggest you get a copy of Mentor Graphics LP-Viewer (the free edition) which contains a fairly comprehensive set of footprints for most component types.

The parts contained in this software comform to the latest IPC recommendations for manufacturability. For most uses select the "N" (nominal) footprints library, aluminium electrolytic parts should be available under the name "CAPAE" followed by the base body size X height (as per the IPC7351B naming convention).

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Q: Does Altium Designer Summer 09 has footprints for SMD electrolytic capacitors?

A: No , Altium 09 does not carry standard footprints for capacitors. Subsequent versions of Altium have Altium Vault service.

Advice: Most designers have to make their own footprints in Altium. For a capacitor with a clear footprint diagram in the datasheet, it will take less than 15 minutes to create a footprint. If you need more information on how to make custom footprints, I suggest reading a post about creating a footprint.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, lyncas. For this particular instance I wanted to use some capacitors that didn't have any datasheet (Yes, I know! It's a bad practice. Still..). The only dimensions I had available were the diameter x height. I was wondering if there's a standard footprint for SMD electrolytic capacitors based on those dimensions, so that I wouldn't need to make a footprint for every similar capacitor I use. As for the post you linked, you can see that I familiar with it. I've previously edited the post & added some useful links in the comments. \$\endgroup\$ – m.Alin Sep 20 '12 at 19:38
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There should be a standard JEDEC footprint that would be suitable enough for that part, and Altium has PCB footprint distributions that should contain what you need:

http://www.altium.com/community/libraries/altium-designer-libraries/altium-designer-footprint-libraries/en/altium-designer-footprint-libraries_home.cfm

You will want to analyze the prototypes to ensure you have a good solder joint with an appropriate amount of solder and fillet and tweak the footprint for that part accordingly. Keep in mind that even with datsheets, slightly different solder formulations, slightly different process temperatures and stages, etc will all affect the solder joint, and for the best reliability you will end up customizing all your pads to their individual parts based on your analysis of the resulting joint.

The datasheets and JEDEC guidelines are just that - guidelines. Don't assume that just because you have a compatible footprint that your joint is reliable and strong.

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