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Documenting Assembly Drawings etc in Altium

Documenting Assembly Drawings etc in Altium

Documenting Assembly Drawings etc in Altium

I am a former IC designer working in the PCB field at a new company. We have a mix of EE and MEs and are trying to standardize our cad drawings between the 2 fields. The MEs use solid works to generate mechanical drawings wjhile the EEs are using Altium.  Ive been trying to figure out how to 'pretty up' the altium assembly drawings etc to match.


I cant find a way to 'scale' the pcb drawings?

I want to use a standard 8.5x11 sheet with border and title with the pcb files located inside(along with tooling info etc). But some pcb's are very small , 250milx250mil and some are larger the the 8.5x11 sheet.  in the cad world you can 'scale' the drawing to fit in the sheet and include the scale ratio in the title block....How is this done with altium documents?

RE: Documenting Assembly Drawings etc in Altium

Is there something wrong with including the board dimension leader lines directly on the drawing?  Altium has supported that capability since the beginning (or at least back when it was still Protel 99).

Dan - Owner

RE: Documenting Assembly Drawings etc in Altium

making the dimensions in the pcb file isnt the issue, its more of getting the board to fit within a 8.5x11 sheet  with a fixed ratio so assemblers/ mechanical engineers can work with the drawings to incorporate them within the mechanical systems.

sure i can go borderless and just print the drawing with a print option of scale to fit, but then i lose the scale ratio and its not very professional...

I just want to be able to scale the pcb layout within a fixed sheet.....

RE: Documenting Assembly Drawings etc in Altium

Adding a title block and associated borders isn't an issue, but I fail to see the need for a specific scale during printing.  You can increase scale during printing to fill the page, but I don't believe there's an option to make it a specific, fixed scale.

You can export the PCB outline (and with newer versions of Altium, the components themselves, assuming you have the 3D file for each) to a number of mechanical package formats, so the MEs can import into their own packages.  But again, why you care about the printed drawings matching some specific scale seems silly... the MEs are not going to sit down with a scaled drawing and a ruler to get measurements, they're going to work from the exported data directly.

Dan - Owner

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