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sean87:
Hi all,

I wonder if you can give me some tips about Altium Designer 10.

I am trying to design a simple PCB that contains 20 Resistors. The goal is to have this 20 resistors in paralel, fed from a +12V line (there is no return path or ground needed) and connect each resistor to a pin of a 20 pin header connector. In the attached image you can see what I have done already (Well not much yet!)



So my question is, how can I place a one whole (just think it as a one pin header) that I can later solder my +12V line and then connect this line to all resistors? so simply, how can I just add a whole that can be used to solder a wire in it later?

My other questions is, The resistors I am using are just normal resistors that fit in a prototyping bread board. I am using Axial 0.3 in Altium. Is that the right choice?

Thanks.

Armin_Balija:
I assume you can place a via and place a track leading to the input pins on your header. Then obvious connect your header to the resistors.

Psi:
At the bottom of the "miscellaneous connections" library there is a "socket" which is basically just one through hole pin.

That's what i use when i need a single pin.

(Note: it maybe different in your newer version of Altium )




I like to use Axial 0.4 because Axial 0.3 can get a bit tight.
Axial 0.3 will still work though, you just have to bend the legs really close to the resistor.

Armin_Balija:

--- Quote from: Psi on January 10, 2012, 03:19:43 pm ---At the bottom of the "miscellaneous connections" library there is a "socket" which is basically just one through hole pin.

That's what i use when i need a single pin.

(Note: it maybe different in your newer version of Altium )




I like to use Axial 0.4 because Axial 0.3 can get a bit tight.
Axial 0.3 will still work though, you just have to bend the legs really close to the resistor.

--- End quote ---

Totally misunderstood what he was saying. Now that I see the socket it makes perfect sense. I wonder how many things in Altium I've never come across.

Psi:

--- Quote from: Armin_Balija on January 10, 2012, 09:17:11 pm ---I wonder how many things in Altium I've never come across.

--- End quote ---

lots :)

Only yesterday i found the option to "find similar objects" which lets you select all objects that meet the specs you want.
Before then i was having to hold Ctrl down and click each pad one at a time :(

Also, Shift + Ctrl + D is very useful. It aligns the selected component to the grid.
I dunno how but often things get out of alignment and two components will move in the correct grid step but one is offset by some amount.
That shortcut will reset the object to the grid.

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