Onsite Course Overview

Libraries & Schematics - Altium Designer - 2 Days

This course is combination of 1-day Libraries and 1-day Schematics course. Each day can stand by itself without any dependency of each other from the exercise perspective.

The first day libraries course teaches you how to create basic schematic component libraries (.SchLib) and associated printed circuit board footprint libraries (.PcbLib). You will also learn how to create Library Projects (.LibPkg), Integrated Libraries (.IntLib) and Database Libraries (.DbLib).

You will progress through a standard component creation flow, as they are introduced to the various available workspace panels and dialog boxes to facilitate component creation.

  • Modules 1 – 4: creating schematic symbols
  • Modules 5 – 8: creating associated printed circuit board footprints
  • Modules 9 – 10: creating integrated libraries and database libraries, respectively

The example project used in this course (Developer Tool – DT01) is available from the same example projects folder included with the Altium Designer installation.

You will be introduced to the available workspace panels related to the schematic library editor. You will examine the different preferences used to configure components and then work through the creation of new schematic symbols. Similarly, the same process will be followed to acquaint you with how to create PCB footprints.

Many tips and tricks will be presented throughout the course to give you the information you need that can only be gained through years of experience with the tool.

At the conclusion of the day one of the libraries course, you will have a good understanding the types of libraries offered in Altium Designer and their configurations, in addition to component creation.

All too often in our efforts to learn an EDA tool, students get bogged down in the libraries and the general tool methodology. When following a tutorial, the schematic is boiled down to a place where we simply place parts and connect them together. For introductory purposes, this will get us to the PCB layout. However, there a lot of capabilities that not shown or used that can make the tool more efficient.

The second day schematics training was designed to show you the ins and outs of the Altium Designer schematic editor. This includes placing schematic components from various libraries sources into the schematic editor, connecting the components throughout the schematics through various nets, netlabels and ports primitives, and checking the design for errors and warnings.

This training will also demonstrate how PCB footprints are linked to the schematic components, as well as recommendations for how and which parameters to use to let Altium Designer create the bill of materials for you. For the purposes of creating manufacturing document, this training will show you how to generate the necessary output files that are rendered from the schematics (BOM and .PDF) and how to make use of the documentation batching capability in Altium Designer known as the Outjob file.

The second day concludes with a study of how repeated circuitry is implemented in Altium Designer (also known as multi-channel design) and introduces you to the self-study resources available for simulation and signal integrity tools in Altium Designer.

Whether you are new to Altium Designer or have a few boards under your belt, this training was created for everyone who uses the Altium Designer schematic capture. For the beginners, you will gain proficiency. For those who are proficient, you will gain efficiency. With Altium Designer, if you understand the methodology of the schematic capture tool, you will have a good foundation for using the PCB layout editor.

You will be provided with a Libraries & Schematic training manual (246-pages).

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