Cloning an Existing Component
There is often a need to create new components when creating a new project or editing an existing one. The most convenient way is to take a current component and make a new one based on it, i.e a Clone. Creating a cloned component is quite easy in Altium 365.
Right-click on the component then select Operations > Clone.
The component editor uses all data (name, parameters, models) of the original component. Next, we will edit this data.
Choose a component. The Use component data dialog offers the choice to override existing data. Choices include:
- Use all data (parameters, models)
- Use only parameters
- Use only name
As a result, we now have a complete component with the name, description, parameters, symbol models, and footprint, etc.
If any parameters are insufficient, unreliable, or different in content from existing Altium 365 components of the same series, they can be corrected and expanded. The connected models can also be modified if necessary. Editing is possible using the and resulting context menu.
Select Model allows you to select the appropriate option from the existing symbols and footprints in the Altium 365 library.
It is better to create a new footprint using the IPC Compliant Footprint Wizard dialog by clicking the Wizard button in the model field.
When you have finished working with the component, you should save the changes by right-clicking the tab then choosing Save <component name>.
After saving the local revision of the component, you can find the models connected to the component and available datasheets in the Projects panel.
Right-click on the component in the Projects panel then select Save to Server to save it to Altium 365.
The result is a complete component available from the Altium 365 library.
When creating a new component, all data must be corrected and completed by the user. All parts of the component, such as name, parameters, models, and part choices list, can be changed.