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    Posted: 03 Jun 2019 at 4:39pm
I would love to see a checkbox in the export / script generation window that would generate all three footprint densities (Least, Nominal, Most) in a single output script.  This would make it much easier to provide all three footprints at once when creating a new component into Altium Designer.
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Would you mix L, N and M in the same PCB library?
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Yes, I would keep them in the same library, with each schematic component pre-assigned to be able to use all three options.  That is how Altium's on-demand library parts work and I like the effect.

I start the layout with the N part for most designs, or M for high-reliability.  But if I find myself caught in board size constraints I can change parts down to L (or from M to N) in the schematic or board layout without needing to replace the schematic component with one from another library.

Of course you have more experience than a lot of us here, Tom, so if you suggest an alternate workflow I'd be happy to hear.


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Yes, I too would use such a feature though I wouldn't place it as a priority.
I always output all three, N, M and L at the same time and import into the same footprint library for Pulsonix to give me choice in designs.
I normally only use the N but in some portable instruments where space is tight I may make the decision to go down to L.
Generally I use M for those boards where there's a high likel hood that they are going to be hand-soldered as a prototype/development board or even a production board where only a handful are going to be required each year and it again is going to be hand-soldered.
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