Best Practices: Efficient Use of Snapping in Altium Designer

David Haboud
|  Created: September 22, 2020  |  Updated: April 12, 2021

Getting your PCB layout design done takes patience and precision. Complex footprint geometries, board shape, and dense component placement require accurate primitive positioning. Each stage of PCB design needs a different snapping configuration. Often your settings can be excellent fit for one stage and be unfavorable for another. For example, good snapping settings for your board outline can make routing almost impossible. Learn more about different snapping usage patterns and best practices of efficient snappings.

As part of the webinar, you’ll learn about efficiently creating and applying snapping settings:

A general overview of how you work with snapping

Installation of the snapping range and distance of the guide axis

Create and link to a circular grid ("Polar Grid")

Create additional grid lines and snap points

Create additional snap points using a 3D model (3D Body Snap Points)

Best practice of snapping usage for different use cases (footprint creation, routing, placement, etc.

About Author

About Author

David Haboud is a Product Marketing Engineer at Altium. He studied electrical engineering with an emphasis in computer architecture and hardware/software design at the University of Southern California. David began his career as an embedded software engineer in the aerospace industry and has always strived to make it easier for hardware and software engineers to communicate. During his tenure as an embedded software engineer, he focused on firmware development and data acquisition for auxiliary power units. In his spare time, David hosts and performs in improvisational and stand-up comedy nights in San Diego, California.

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