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The PCB Library Editor includes a PCB Component Wizard that will build a component footprint based on your input to a series of questions. We will use the wizard to create a footprint for a DIP14.
To create our new component footprint, DIP14, using the Component Wizard : 1. Select the Tools » Component Wizard [shortcut: T*, C ]. The PCB Component Wizard will automatically start. Click Next > to progress through the wizard. 2. Answer the questions asked by selecting from the options available. To create our DIP14, select Dual in-line Package (DIP) as the pattern, Imperial units, 60mil round pads with 32mil hole (select and type over the dimensions), a distance between pads of 300mil (horizontal) and 100mil (vertical), then accept the rest of the defaults until you need to specify the number of pads required. Type in 14 for the number of pads required. 3.Click Next > until you come to the final page of the wizard and click Finish . The filename of new footprint, DIP14, will appear in the Components list in the PCB Library panel and the new footprint will display in the design window, as shown in Figure 40. You can then further modify the component to suit requirements. 4. Save the library with its new footprint component by selecting File » Save [shortcut: CTRL + S ].
As well as the PCB Component Wizard , you can also create component footprints with the IPC® Compliant Footprint Wizard . Rather than requiring you to enter the properties of the pads and tracks that are used to define the footprint, the IPC® Compliant Footprint Wizard takes the actual component dimensions as its inputs. Based on the formulae developed for the IPC-7351 standard, the wizard then generates the footprint using standard Altium Designer objects, such as pads and tracks. The wizard is launched from the PCB Library Editor Tools menu. 2b1af7f3a8