PCB Design Tutorial [Altium]


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This tutorial covers schematic entry and PCB design. Most of this material could be applied to any design tool; however, this tutorial focuses on Altium Designer/DXP/Protel.The first part of the tutorial consists of a set of slides which contain instructions for PCB design, and an overview of each step in the PCB design process.

The second part of this tutorial consists of a series of videos which go through each part of the PCB design process step-by-step using Altium Designer/DXP/Protel (Altium Designer 6.9 was used). Watching all videos will take you through a PCB design from start to finish; however, the videos are divided into the separate design steps so that you don’t need to watch all of them to learn a specific skill.

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Tutorial Videos
Drawing Schematics
Creating a new PCB project, creating a new schematic sheet, and drawing schematics for PCB design.(This is a 3 part video)

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Creating Custom Components
Creating a schematic library and drawing the schematic symbol for a custom component.
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Creating Custom Footprints
Creating a PCB library and drawing custom footprints.
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Attach Footprints
Attaching footprints to all components on schematic.
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Start a New PCB Layout
Creating a new PCB layout, syncing a schematics with PCB layout, and setting up design rules.
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Component Placement
Placing components on PCB layout.
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Routing
Using autoroute and the interactive routing tool.(This is a 2 part video)
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Generating Gerber Files
Final steps of PCB design and the generation of fabrication outputs (Gerber files and NC drill files).
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Altium References

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