Altium draftsman document template

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Altium Designer templates with Eurocircuits design rules.

The “FindAnnularRing_XX.pas” script is capable to check the annular ring for OAR and

IAR on the appropriate values for PTH (PHD is finished hole size + 100µm).

How to use this package:

  • Select the required Pattern / Drill class (6C of 8D) and number of layers.
  • Put a copy of the PcbDoc in your Altium Designer project folder (*.PcbPrj).
  • Put a copy of the script (6C or 8D) in your project folder.

From this moment the EuroCircuits rules for Pattern Class, Drill Class and layer-stack is available in the design.


  • The minimum annular ring rule “Minimum-IAR” is set to the IAR value of the Pattern class. This value is larger than the OAR. When “Top-Middle-Bottom” or “Full stack” is used it is possible to change the OAR to the (smaller) values of the Pattern Class.
  • Altium Designer checks the minimal annular ring value when “Top-Middle-Bottom” or “Full stack” is used the OAR can be set smaller than the IAR. The“FindAnnularRing_XX.pas” script is capable to check the annular ring for OAR and IAR on the appropriate values for PTH (PHD is finished hole size + 100µm).


The *.PcbDoc and *.Pas files are provided by Transfer B.V. “as is”. The use of the documents is at your own risk, no rights to the use of these documents are derived.

Any comments, corrections or additions are appreciated and can be sent to [email protected]


Live Webinar: Reuse Your Existing Design within Altium Designer

Getting your products to market on time is paramount. Reusing well-proven, qualified design content can save you time, increase productivity, and reduce design costs. This doesn't necessarily mean just starting with reusable schematic design content, but also the ability to start from predefined Templates that are managed and stored in a centralized location such as Altium 365®. Templates for PCB's, PCB Layer Stack-ups, Draftsman, Documentation Templates, or even Project Templates, ensuring that all your designs start from the same place every time.

Date : October 07, 2020
Time : 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Hosted by : Priyankar Ghosh,
Field Application Engineer

This live webinar will cover:

  • How to structure your schematic to be ready for reuse
  • How to reuse full schematic pages between different and within the same project
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After the PCB design is completed, it is often necessary to output the product assembly drawing. Today JRPanel will show you three methods for outputting assembly drawings from the mainstream PCB design software Altium.

There are two methods for outputting assembly drawings for Altium. The following is a detailed introduction for you.

1. Use Altium's Assembly Drawing Output Function

This is the simplest and most direct method. Take the following double panel as an example to demonstrate:

Find AssemblyOutputs under the file menu and select the first AssemblyDrawings.


Then you can see the preview of the PCB assembly drawing before output, but we still need to configure it in detail to output, otherwise it may contain some things we don't want to display.


Right-click on the graph and select configuration for detailed configuration.



Then define the layer to be output in the configuration menu. For example, the shape of my PCB is defined with 1 mechanical layer, so I only keep the TOP layer, silk screen layer, and mechanical 1 layer. The same is true for the bottom assembly drawing configuration. Note: There are slight differences between different versions of the software, but basically the operation method is the same.


In addition, you need to check Holes and TTFonts to make the output PDF available for keyword search. Note that the bottom assembly drawing needs to check Mirror.


After the above steps are completed, click OK, and you can see that the clutter has been deleted from the assembly drawing.


We can also further optimize this assembly drawing to add page numbers and colors to the assembly. Right-click on the map and select pagesetup.


Then select the second color in the colorset on the window, so that the output assembly drawing is in color. In addition, you can set the paper size, direction, and zoom ratio of the assembly drawing.


As you can see, the assembly drawing has been configured, and you can directly click print to output it as a document in PDF or XPS format. This kind of document supports searching the original tag, which is quite convenient.


2. Use Altium's Draftsman Function to Output Assembly Drawings


The advanced version of Altium software has a Draftsman function which is very powerful and can output drilling table, production details, product three views and many other details. Of course, it is absolutely easy to output assembly drawings. Here are the detailed steps.


When opening the project file, create a new Draftsman file from the file. Select the default template.


Start placing assembly drawings. You can place BoardAssemblyview in the place menu, or click the icon in the floating toolbar to place it. We need to place two, which are the assembly drawings of the two sides.


As you can see, the graphics just placed are messy and need to be adjusted manually. Double click on the assembly drawing, you can modify the zoom ratio, title, line style, etc. in the properties sidebar.


Properties: The ViewSide drop-down menu can select TOP or Bottom view when outputting.


Select padsonly in Displayholes


Select Designator in ComponentCaption, and check showsilkscreen.


The pads can only be displayed on the two tick below the showpads menu. Click the two small colored boxes in front to customize the pad color.


ComponentDisplayProperties: check ComponentBody, select silkscreen from the drop-down menu.


Check Designator, select silkscreen from the drop-down menu.


In this way, we have defined the assembly drawing of the TOP layer, and the setting of the Bottom layer is similar.


After completing the above steps, you can export after saving. The output here does not mean directly printed to PDF, but using the export function.



After saving the file, select Export to PDF under the file menu. The output PDF file also supports text search, which is very convenient.


I am trying to create a Draftsman template that includes the parameter names, view locations, etc already built-in. This way when I set the Draftsman drawing template, the views are automatically populated. Altium claims this can be done by editing the DwfDot template file. I created a drawing based on an actual board and set the locations of all the views, and also created the parameters I wanted. I then saved the file as a DwfDot. When I set the template of the Draftsman document for a different board, the views are populated as expected but the parameters have problems. Some of the parameters don't "stick" (I set them but when I close the parameter dialog they are automatically cleared). I re-opened the DwfDot template file for editing and now when I try to edit the parameters I get the error "Object reference not set to an instance of an object".

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So at this point I'm stuck — trying to add the value for the parameter in my actual drawing does not work as it automatically clears when I exit the parameters window, and I am unable to edit the template because of the object reference error. What is the cause of this error, and how might it be resolved?


I managed to solve the problem with the parameters being automatically cleared. It turns out I had some parameter names in my document that matched the names of some of the project parameters. When I added the parameter to the project options parameter dialog, the field in the Draftsman document filled in. To combat this issue I simply prefaced all document parameter names (that I only wanted visible in the Draftsman documents) with "Doc" and adjusted the document parameters to reflect the change. For example, "Title" is a system project parameter, and I had a document-specific "Title" parameter. The system project parameter was overriding the value I placed in the document "Title" parameter. I changed the Draftsman template so that instead of showing "=Title" it now shows "=DocTitle", and added "DocTitle" as a document parameter, and this is working perfectly. Unfortunately the other issue I mentioned still exists, and that is I can't seem to clear parameters in the template created from another document.


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