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Where to start PCB design!

Discussion in 'Circuit Simulation & PCB Design' started by afsar hussain, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. afsar hussain

    afsar hussain New Member

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    Hi everyone!
    I am new to PCB design. I design circuit manually but basic one now I want to do more serious circuit design using the simulator and design software. Please suggest me good beginning software and easy one so that I can understand and master it myself. Thanks!:)
     
  2. Pommie

    Pommie Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Try eaglecad - it's free and there are lots of free tutorials available.

    Mike.
     
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  3. afsar hussain

    afsar hussain New Member

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    Thanks a lot! I will try it.
     
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  5. Inquisitive

    Inquisitive Super Moderator

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    Another option is Kicad
     
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    camerart Active Member

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    I use Kicad too, which also has online help.
    Camerart
     
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    Inquisitive Super Moderator

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    In my opinion I prefer KiCad. The newer version 5 is fixing the library issues. Plus its free and no limits, not like eaglecad.
     
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  9. Pommie

    Pommie Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    I've installed Kicad but not had a chance to use it yet. The rate that autodesk are releasing updates to eagle I'll need a new drive soon just for the old versions.

    Mike.
     
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    picbits Well-Known Member

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    I use Kicad on a daily basis at work now as my chosen schematic drawing package. I've not tried the PCB part as I use Sprint Layout (for speed).
     
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    Hi,
    Does Kicad still have its Freerouter feature? I have been using Freerouter, which was set up on my computer years ago, instead of online.
    C
     
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    Yes, it uses Freeroute https://freerouting.org/. You create files then upload your job to the autorouter and it returns your job I think.
     
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    3v0 Coop Build Coordinator Forum Supporter

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    To get an intelligent PCB layout one did not use the auto router. This was true at least on the layout software hobby types could get their hands on. I used Eagle and about the only time auto route came in handy was when I had one seemly impossible wire to route and did not much care how it got there.

    I curious how well Freerouter works.

    One nice thing about the high end packages is that you can create one schematic an use it for both simulation and PCB layout.

    Just my 3 cents
     

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