Create a new Altium Project
Give a describing name for the project
Choose a location for saving the project (often it is suitable to save the project in a folder with BitBucket reference)
A new project with no content was created
Add a new schematic sheet: right mouse click –>
Add new to project–>
Save the new schematic sheet: right mouse click –>
New schematic sheet was added.
9. In general the symbol * marks that this sheet/ project is not saved.
This can be done be clicking
10. If you develop the PCB for the ELSYS institute the template A4_CoBo_THN should be used. It is also part of the BitBucket content and can be found under the following path (for working with BitBucket and Libraries look at the instruction for Altium DB Lib) …pcb_librariestemplatesschematicsA4_CoBo_THN
To use the template in the schematic open the schematic click
Choose a File
and select the suitable template
Then you get a schematic sheet with this header
To fill the * marked fields, select the schematic sheet, open the properties (
Change the register from general to parameters
Enter the necessary missing parameters
The result should look like this
The field Project Revision can be neglect or combined with a repository version tool or set manually.
The way for the manual edit process is select
Select the register “Parameters”
Add “ProjectRevision” and a value e.g. 0.1
Now the schematic workstation is prepared and you are able to place components on the schematic sheet
If components are placed, it is necessary to annotate them by
Update Changes List
Accept Changes (Create ECO)
27. Every component should have a designator. Most important thing is to be consistent within one project. See Wikipedia for an example list.
If you placed some components on the schematic sheet(s) and annotated them compile the project right mouse click on the project –>
Compile PCB Project Guide.PrjPcb
If errors exist –> debug problems
If no errors –> create PCB
Right mouse click –>
Add new to project –>
Right mouse click –>
Import Components from the schematic to the PCB Design –>
Import Changes from Guide.PrjPcb(short cut: di)
Be careful not to use
Update Changes from Guide.PrjPcb.
In this case you update the schematic with no content of the PCB.
All components included in the schematic sheets are placed on the right edge of the PCB.
By pressing the numbers
3 you can select between the following views
1 = Board planning mode –> define the shape of the PCB
2 = 2D view –> routing view
3 = 3D view
Often it is helpful to define the null- point on the left corner because then the x and y dimension is without any offset
To do this:
Open the created PCB
Go to board planing mode by clicking
move board shape–>
move it to the x
4. Go back to the layout view (
2) and start with the configuration of the layer stack
–> have a look at the chapter PCB Layer Stack Manager