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Offline Teravolt

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looking for PCB creating software
« on: May 15, 2018, 06:27:30 PM »
I am hopping some one can help me, I have been using expressPCB but there boards are expensive. before I spend money on a license for eagle I am hopping some one has good ideas. I would like to use the chine's fab housed to do prototyping and be able to create gerbers. Right now I am doing hand solder prototypes witch I am fine with but it takes a lot time. Any advice would be appreciated.




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Re: looking for PCB creating software
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 10:12:00 PM »
Look at KiCad

http://kicad-pcb.org/

It's free and what I used to make the PCBs in the DRSSTC pack.  It's autorouting is limited, but for simple projects it works just fine.

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Re: looking for PCB creating software
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 10:14:10 AM »
I also used expressPCB for the last 10 years, simply because its so easy, but ordering boards from anyone than expressPCB is not possible, I even tried to some file converter programs to get gerber files, but it did not work to an extend I was satisfied with, still a lot of manual work to correct afterwards.

So I also started using kicad, takes a while to learn and I am still a rookie at it :)
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Re: looking for PCB creating software
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 03:33:18 PM »
thanks profdc9 I down loaded Kicad and there is a little bit of learning curve I just need to find the time. like Mads I have been using express pcb for  years because it is easy I am also trying express pcb Plus. I am also trying to use the free low cut version of Eagle 9.0.1 witch also has a bit of a learning curve but I read on the net that you can get Gerbers from eagle that houses like 4pcb will accept. there is a procedure for doing that. the hook about express pcb is that it is very user friendly among other things.

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Re: looking for PCB creating software
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2018, 03:50:12 PM »
I've used easyeda for a few simple circuits, it's web-based but it gets the job done. In all honesty I think I might go with profdc9 recommendation and try kicad

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Re: looking for PCB creating software
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2018, 04:16:24 PM »
It's true that there's a little bit of a learning curve with Kicad, though its not too bad.  It's open source though, so at least you'll be assured you can continue to use it once you put the time into learning it.

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Re: looking for PCB creating software
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Re: looking for PCB creating software
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2018, 01:49:12 PM »
Check out oshpark:

http://docs.oshpark.com/services/

Using a crippled/free version of eagle, I drew up what a wanted.  Then I uploaded the file to oshpark and a few days later I received 3 nice boards in the mail.



I've done this a few different times now and it's pretty amazing to me that it's so easy to get custom made boards for prototyping.

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Re: looking for PCB creating software
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2018, 06:26:03 PM »
Thanks flyrod, for the recommendation, the prices look good. I will look into eagle as well I just need give them a test drive. It is hard to get into it when I have a couple of projects going on but I will endeavor. designspark looks good to and it is widely supported by places like sparkfun.

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