I am new in PCB design, so excuse me if this is a bad question! I know the basic electronics and how to draw schematics in Altium. But about SMD parts, I am a little confused! How can I find SMD transistors, diodes, resistors, inductors and capacitors? Is there any specific library for them? If not, how should I find them?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Use the symbols to draw your schematic. Then create your own footprint library and make your own footprints or use the IPC-complant footprint wizard that is built into Altium to generate them based on the dimensions provided in the datasheets. \$\endgroup\$
    – DerStrom8
    Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 12:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ So you say the only important thing is parts footprint and the footprint have standards(1206,0805,SOT223,Sot23,etc) and when a capacitor or resistor is in 1206 package, or a transistor in sot23 pack, it is not important is it from which company or what specifics(voltage, current, power,etc) do they have? The only important thing when you design a PCB with SMD parts is the parts footprint, and footprints are same when you use a 0805 package resistor without attention to it's company, or voltage,power,etc! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 7:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ I have no idea what you just asked because of your terrible grammar and punctuation. Can you please try to clarify using plain, correct English? \$\endgroup\$
    – DerStrom8
    Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 10:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ There are a few you can find online, but this was actually one of the reasons I switched to Kicad. Having libraries of digikey parts on GitHub is really nice. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 23, 2019 at 1:50

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Probably the easiest (and fastest) way is actually building up your own library. You could use the vault too, but don't ask me how that works ;).

Go to File > New > Library > Schematic Library to build a symbol library. If you open your [library].SchLib theres a handy wizard (Tools > Symbol Wizard).

Go to File > New > Library > PCB Library to build a footprint library. The two IPC Wizards you'll find in your [library].PcbLib under Tools > IPC Compliant Footptrint ... are, at least in my daily worklife on of the killer features of Altium.


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