The Uncertainty

PCB design software programs have been regularly receiving significant updates and changes. Updated versions are not limited to fixing bugs but also adding more often complex features and capabilities. It can be tough to learn a new tool after spending years working with another tool, resulting in a feeling of uncertainty for the designer in terms of wanting to spend the time and effort to learn a new tool.

Altium Designer has been arguably the front runner in developing and improving their PCB design software over the years. Altium software boasts that it is a single-source solution with one shared environment for developing hardware, firmware, and software. It is a package that PCB designers can utilize from concept to manufacturing.

We have seen many of our existing clients move to Altium Designer from a different package and more new clients using Altium. But with the increased demand for expert Altium users, some designers find it challenging to switch to and learn a new tool after so many years of working with a different one.

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Solving the Uncertainty

To learn a new tool like Altium Designer, PCB designers can either go with the sink or swim method or the source method. Under the sink or swim method, the designer sits down at a machine and designs a board using Altium and learning as they go. The problem with this method is that shortcuts and critical combinations have often been ingrained in the designer's mind, and it cannot be easy to let those go. The go-to source method is going to Altium for training. Altium training is offered through in-person and virtual sessions. Being taught by the people who help develop the software can provide additional confidence in the designer.

Designers at 911EDA had used both methods when they first started using Altium. Their recommendation is to utilize the training provided by Altium. All PCB design tools are developing new features to handle the increasingly complex technologies. These features can be challenging to learn on your own; instead, having a true Altium expert teach designers the intricacies of the tool results in a more well-rounded skill set.

911EDA provides expert Altium PCB Design Services.