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Starting with Altium Designer

  • Learn by designing a simple board. Step-by-Step tutorial.
  • Free tutorial
  • Rating: 4.6 out of 54.6 (2,704 ratings)
  • 26,244 students
  • 3hr 34min of on-demand video
  • Created by Robert Feranec
  • English

What you’ll learn

  • During this course you will design a simple board. After you finish this course, you will be able to continue to explore Altium Designer by yourself or yo


  • You will need Altium Designer software, ideally AD18 or higher. No previous Altium Designer knowledge is required.


Altium Designer is one of the most popular and frequently used CAD software for schematic design and PCB Layout. If you are planning to become a professional hardware design engineer, if you are moving to Altium Designer from different software or if you have never designed any board before and you would like to learn it, this course will help you.

Go through complete design process of a simple board and learn

– Draw schematic
– Create schematic symbol and footprint libraries
– Route your PCB and do layout
– Generate the essential documents needed to manufacture your PCB

Goal of this course

The main goal of this course is to go through a complete board design process (Schematic + Libraries + PCB + Documentation), and this way to show, demonstrate and practice all the essential Altium Designer features which are also used to create more complex and advanced boards.

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Content and Overview

You will start with creating schematic symbols. After all symbols are finished, you will learn how to draw schematic, modify it, how to update your schematic symbol library and how to create footprints. You will learn how to transfer your schematic into PCB, how to do layout and by the end of the course you will generate all the essential manufacturing documents.

In this course you will learn how to:

– Draw schematic, update schematic and annotate schematic
– Create components, draw schematic symbols and footprints
– Place components into your PCB
– Route simple PCB
– Create 3D model of your board
– Create board variants with different components fitted / not fitted
– Create Bill of Material (BOM)
– Create assembly drawings showing position of components on the board
– Generate Gerbers, Pick and Place, Drill file and other files needed for manufacturing

Who this course is for:

  • College / University students: In this course you will learn all the essential features of Altium Designer and you will be able to continue using this software by yourself.
  • Junior / Senior hardware design engineers who are new in Altium: This course will help you to speed up learning process. You will go through the complete design process of a board and after this course you will know all the most important features which you need to start using the software.
  • Beginners, Hobbyists: This is a step-by-step course. You can simply follow the videos even if you have never designed any boards before. Once you finish this course, you will be able to design your own simple boards.
  • Everyone moving from previous Altium Designer versions: This course helps you to find the old features located in new places and explains how some new changes in the Altium work.
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Course content

5 sections • 23 lectures • 3h 34m total lengthCollapse all sections

Schematic6 lectures • 44min

  • Introduction05:13
  • Starting a new project04:08
  • Creating 1×2 Header (Schematic Symbol)10:29
  • Creating 360R Resistor (Schematic Symbol)05:52
  • Creating LED (Schematic Symbol)07:32
  • Drawing Schematic10:32

Footprints4 lectures • 55min

  • Creating 0805 Resistor Footprint21:56
  • Creating LED 0603 Footprint11:49
  • Creating 1×2 Header Footprint14:15
  • Update & Annotate Schematic06:31

PCB Layout3 lectures • 26min

  • Starting a new PCB07:19
  • Component Placement and PCB Routing09:33
  • Finishing PCB08:55

More Advanced Features3 lectures • 36min

  • Add, Place and Route the Second LED21:17
  • Add Assembly Drawing Layers into PCB09:31
  • Variants & 3D View05:24

Generating Manufacturing Documentation7 lectures • 54min

  • JOB File & PDF Schematics06:08
  • 3D PDF & 3D STEP Model06:39
  • Printing Layers06:08
  • Create Assembly Drawings13:26
  • Pick & Place, Gerbers, NC Drill Files09:04
  • Generating Bill of Material (BOM)11:25
  • Thank you for signing up01:00

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