2 Methods for Altium to Output Assembly Drawings

Label:Assembly Drawings, Altium, PCB Design

Jan 7, 2021340

2 Methods for Altium to Output Assembly Drawings

After the PCB design is completed, it is often necessary to output the product assembly drawing. Today JRPanel will show you three methods for outputting assembly drawings from the mainstream PCB design software Altium.


There are two methods for outputting assembly drawings for Altium. The following is a detailed introduction for you.


1. Use Altium's Assembly Drawing Output Function


This is the simplest and most direct method. Take the following double panel as an example to demonstrate:


Find AssemblyOutputs under the file menu and select the first AssemblyDrawings.


 

Then you can see the preview of the PCB assembly drawing before output, but we still need to configure it in detail to output, otherwise it may contain some things we don't want to display.


 

Right-click on the graph and select configuration for detailed configuration.


 

 

Then define the layer to be output in the configuration menu. For example, the shape of my PCB is defined with 1 mechanical layer, so I only keep the TOP layer, silk screen layer, and mechanical 1 layer. The same is true for the bottom assembly drawing configuration. Note: There are slight differences between different versions of the software, but basically the operation method is the same.


 


In addition, you need to check Holes and TTFonts to make the output PDF available for keyword search. Note that the bottom assembly drawing needs to check Mirror.

 


After the above steps are completed, click OK, and you can see that the clutter has been deleted from the assembly drawing.


 

We can also further optimize this assembly drawing to add page numbers and colors to the assembly. Right-click on the map and select pagesetup.

 


Then select the second color in the colorset on the window, so that the output assembly drawing is in color. In addition, you can set the paper size, direction, and zoom ratio of the assembly drawing.


 

As you can see, the assembly drawing has been configured, and you can directly click print to output it as a document in PDF or XPS format. This kind of document supports searching the original tag, which is quite convenient.

 

2. Use Altium's Draftsman Function to Output Assembly Drawings

 

The advanced version of Altium software has a Draftsman function which is very powerful and can output drilling table, production details, product three views and many other details. Of course, it is absolutely easy to output assembly drawings. Here are the detailed steps.

 

When opening the project file, create a new Draftsman file from the file. Select the default template.


 


Start placing assembly drawings. You can place BoardAssemblyview in the place menu, or click the icon in the floating toolbar to place it. We need to place two, which are the assembly drawings of the two sides.

 


As you can see, the graphics just placed are messy and need to be adjusted manually. Double click on the assembly drawing, you can modify the zoom ratio, title, line style, etc. in the properties sidebar.


 

Properties: The ViewSide drop-down menu can select TOP or Bottom view when outputting.

 

Select padsonly in Displayholes

 

Select Designator in ComponentCaption, and check showsilkscreen.

 

The pads can only be displayed on the two tick below the showpads menu. Click the two small colored boxes in front to customize the pad color.

 

ComponentDisplayProperties: check ComponentBody, select silkscreen from the drop-down menu.

 

Check Designator, select silkscreen from the drop-down menu.

 

In this way, we have defined the assembly drawing of the TOP layer, and the setting of the Bottom layer is similar.

 

After completing the above steps, you can export after saving. The output here does not mean directly printed to PDF, but using the export function.

 

 

After saving the file, select Export to PDF under the file menu. The output PDF file also supports text search, which is very convenient.


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