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The scoop on PCB layout software

Discussion in 'Circuit Simulation & PCB Design' started by keny, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. throbscottle

    throbscottle Well-Known Member

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    Mosaic - no, it's scrap pine from some furniture that was being scrapped - I made the mistake of trying to lubricate it with some spray when the wood got slightly damp and a bit too "grippy", but the super slippery spray actually made it bind quite badly, however some grease sorted that problem out!
    Spec - yes I did. At first I was using steel bits and had to tighten the chucks so much the outer sleeve split. But I had to get a bigger chuck (and change the motor for one with a bigger spindle) for the TC bits, and have had no problems with it as it's a close fit and very little tightening required.
     
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  2. Sinedup

    Sinedup New Member

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    I've been using 2 simulators, Profilab Expert (mostly for simulating digital circuit 'modules) and LTSpice (digital/analog/discrete ECAD and simulation), then recently downloaded Diptrace, an ECAD/EDA suite with (free) demo version limited to 300 nodes.
    I've personally found Diptrace to be fairly easy to learn so far, and since downloading their 3D component model library, can view / display / save / print 3D models.
    Our local PCB service actually suggested Diptrace when I queried decent software for design /PCB manufacture.
     
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    MrDEB Well-Known Member

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    For the hobbyist, Diptrace is perhaps the easiest to learn and use as well as output gerber files for printed circuit boards. The top of the list is Eagle but steep learning curve and pros use it.
    Upgrading to increase nodes is free IF YOU USE IT FOR YOUR HOBBY.
     

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