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Designing the Perfect Resistor Symbol

It may seem like a funny way to spend good hacking time, but by far the most frequently used, most frequently looked-at element of circuit diagrams is the humble resistor. I think that if your documentation looks good, people will spend more time looking at it — other engineers will spend more time vetting it (thanks guys!) and manufacturing folks will spend more time building what you described. Besides, it just feels right when the stuff you produce looks good, documentation included.

I’ll admit, I got a little too into this, but it started innocently enough. While working on my component library, bringing it up to date and integrating it with Altium, I realized that there would be a single resistor symbol for the nearly 2,200 resistors in the database. Something of this magnitude deserves a little extra consideration.

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