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6 Altium Tutorials for newbies

If you have never worked in Altium Designer and you would like to start, or you are beginner / just starting, this selection of video tutorials is right for you.

After you watch the attached video tutorials, you should be able to start and finish successfully your first project in Altium Designer. Tutorials explain how to create Schematic, PCB, Libraries, Footprints, generate files for PCB production and files for board assembly / manufacturing.

Links are ordered based on importance with the most important link on the top:

1) Altium Designer Tutorial: How to start with Schematic & PCB

2) Altium Designer – Create BOM & Library from Supplier’s Data

3) Altium Designer Tutorial – How to Print assembly drawing

4) Altium Designer – Generating Gerbers for PCB Manufacturer

These other video tutorials will help you make your design more professional:

5)  Altium Designer – How to Create Assembly Drawing Layers

6) Altium Designer – 3D model of your PCB – it’s really easy

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This course will show you how you can design boards more effectively and produce professional results. It provides you tips and tricks to help you to design boards that work the first time.

The course is practically based and will teach you everything by actually doing it. Anyone who is interested can work on his/her own project during the course. By the end of the course you will have learnt how to create professional manufacturing output which you can then use to build your own board.

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Find out more about this course in this short (2 minutes) introduction video

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  • Mandeep Tiwary

    Hello Sir Thanks for your great tutorial.I learn lot form them. I had finished some project using Altium designer. But no idea of high speed designing.Can you tell me the way to start high speed designing form newbie.i am very interested to make some high speed design. 

    • http://www.fedevel.com Robert Feranec

      Many people ask this question. The standard way is to get a project which has high speed requirements. Problem is, normally “newbies” may not get this kind of project. It is because development of this kind of board often costs a lot of money and if done by unexperienced people, there is very high risk, the board may not work. 

      By experience, I mean, there is a lot of different things what may go wrong during design/development or can be done better – and it’s not only wrong schematic circuit. For example, when I was 10 years old and I were starting with electronics I had a lot of problems to make a simple blinking circuit with no mistakes. Now, after years of experience I am able to design board with more then 2000 components on it and 50+ pages of schematic the way, that the first version of the board is sold to customers – with no wires on PCB board.

      There are no shortcuts. Gradually do more and more complex designs and learn from yours and others mistakes. If you try to skip the learning process, you may design a board which doesn’t work or doesn’t work reliably and you will never find out why.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/ggrigork Grig K Grigoryan

    Hello Robert, can You help me

    In Altium  how can I create “clearance rule” that will follow the minimum distance to an object in silkscreen layer (overlay)

    Grig. K. Grigoryan

    • http://www.fedevel.com Robert Feranec

      Hello Grig. I don’t really know. There are some rules for silkscreen layer, but I am no sure if these can be applied to any object. You probably had a look at them:  Rules-> Design Rules -> Manufacturing -> Silkscreen Over Component Pads / Silk To Silk Clearance. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/ggrigork Grig K Grigoryan

        thanks for replying,
        silk to silk clearance rule, watched only for “silk text” to “silk any object” clearance  .

        my problem is a 
                               at first I did not use the 3D model of components and the component clearance rule, in altium, is calculated from the end of silkscreen, now I added 3d models on footprint and now altium began calculate  components clearance from the end of 3d models, but 3d model less than footprint and footprints intersecting.

        thanks again
        Grig. K. Grigoryan

  • http://www.rushpcb.co.uk/ pcb design

    Nice stuff really an informative one!Thanks for taking time to share your great experience here with us..

    • http://www.fedevel.com Robert Feranec

      Thank you very much for your feedback. I am glad some people find it useful.

  • Bart

    Hello there,
    I’m telling you right now, my friend, if you are not on the Altium payroll yet – you definitely should be. Your blog is most probably the best ad for them over the net, they could possibly imagine. And the main reason is your expertise and helpfulness. Huge thank you from me and keep going! You’re making young electrical engineers live much easier and helping develop much faster.

    • http://www.fedevel.com Robert Feranec

      Hello Bart. I am very glad you found it useful :) Your feedback is what is helping to create these videos. Have a very nice day, Robert. PS:  I am not on payroll of Altium :)

      • Anonymous

        Thanks, have a good one too. I guess I might stick here for a while, so I decided to register. PS: Do not worry, I am not accusing you for false advertising 😉

        • http://www.fedevel.com Robert Feranec


  • Emanuele

    Hi Robert,

    I need to import on Altium a dsn Orcad file.

    Using import wizard, I have an error “Design file not recognized”.

    Also I’ve open the file with Orcad and save it with version 16.2.

    I’m using Altium 13.1
    What’s wrong?

    Thank you

    • http://www.fedevel.com Robert Feranec

      Hi Emanuele, if I have this kind of problem, I save the Orcad in older version. It useally helps. Have a nice day, Robert

      • Anonymous

        I tried with Orcad 10.3i DSN files- same problem: :Design file not recognized”.

        • http://www.fedevel.com Robert Feranec

          Hi Boomer, do you have import plugins installed? (DXP->Plugins and Updates). It should work.

          • Flo

            We recognized that you need the import and export plugins. It is not working with just the Import plugin.

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