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PCB Development Path
Each new project includes a unique solution, new details, and new compromises to which the engineer MUST pay attention. To get the results closer to the ideal, the designer of the future device must make proper calculations, imagine the consequences of decisions made, compare different device configurations, and, finally, make the right choice. Altium Designer offers a complete set of tools allowing the engineer to follow the PCB development path without leaving the design environment and without resorting to third-party programs. From the beginning of the project to its completion, the designer must perform many operations related to each particular stage of the development path. From these stages, as from the blocks, a typical design path is built.
Creating a new project is a critical step in the development path of every PCB. The project easily allows you to carry out and synchronize the schematic and board design. At this point, it is common that library creation is complete and placed in your repository. After project creation, work starts on the electrical schematic design by placing components and defining their interconnections. The Electrical Rules Check (ERC) design rules are checked several times while working on the schematic, and once completed, the project will be compiled.
The next step contains all the work related to PCB design. This step includes forming the board shape, creating a layer set (stackup), synchronizing with the schematic, design rules definition, components placement, routing, and much more. During PCB design, rules help decrease errors and problems with frequent checks: Design For Assembly (DFA), Design Rules Check (DRC), and Design For Manufacture (DFM). These checks automatically update your reports as the design is done, so that it's not such a huge task to document the product at the end. After completion of the error-free PCB, you must gather all of your files and reports to complete the documentation development stage, including exporting the Bill of Materials (BOM), creating assembly drawings, and other documentation outputs. The final step of the PCB development path is uploading files for the manufacturer to create a printed circuit board to create a finished device.