Altium Designer Outjob and Blueprint-PCB Documentation Automation



How important is it to create correct and consistent documents for your PCB designs? Do you have a process and tools to perform the task of correct, consistent PCB documentation creation in an efficient and automated way?

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The completion of a board layout is simply a milestone; it does not mark the end of a project but rather, the beginning of an effort to get everything documented. Documentation provides the information necessary to communicate the designer's intent to those who will fabricate, assemble, test, and in some cases, manufacture in high volume. It is also necessary to allow you and your colleagues the ability to revisit, revise, and improve existing designs.

Altium Designer provides a batching capability called the Outjob file. This file allows a team or designer to set up their documentation configuration to generate all the PCB documentation exactly and consistently for each project. Bills of Material, Gerbers, ODB++, Pick and Place files, Drill files, 3D drawings, PCB layout drawings, and schematics can all be set up with the Outjob files to ensure consistent and professional documentation.

Also, we at Nine Dot Connects understand that documentation of a project goes beyond the PCB design. Sometimes multiple layout tools are used, resulting in dissimilar documentation. Sometimes production requires notes that need to be documented; however, they have little or nothing to do with the PCB design itself. To address these post design, PCB documentation issues, Nine Dot Connects has teamed up with Downstream Technology to offer the Blueprint-PCB documentation software.

This month, Nine Dot Connects will demonstrate the outjob capabilities of Altium Designer and the Blueprint-PCB document software. So, if documentation has you frazzled, please join us for this informative webinar.


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