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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by prateek, Jun 28, 2006.

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  1. prateek

    prateek Guest

    Hello everyone,
    Can you please let me know where to download free version for PCB
    designing. Cct which i want to make has a maximum of 24 pin IC.

    regards,
    Prateek
     
  2. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

    Schematic capture: http://www.geda.seul.org/
    PCB layout: http://pcb.sourceforge.net/

    There's no artificial limit on what you can do with these tools, and
    they've been built on many Unixes and Windows, although building them
    on Windows isn't as trivial as a click-to-install package. The PCB
    package can been built on MacOS/X too.
     
  3. Mike

    Mike Guest

    If you can run DOS or WIN95/98/2000 and you don't want to create
    gerber files then you can DL an old package called Easytrax from here
    http://lupinesystems.com/easytrax/. It works very well, is easy to
    learn, and is free. Actually you can create gerber files, but it's not
    a trivial task and I've only got it to partially work.

    Mike
     
  4. Stef Mientki

    Stef Mientki Guest

    take a look at Kicad, (opensource)

    Stef
     
  5. Google 'PCB Wizard 3', it was $49.00 and well worth it. It's not going
    to build stuff for the space shuttle but should work find for stuff you
    are doing at home.
     
  6. Try EAGLE (www.cadsoft.de/freeware.htm).
     
  7. Ken Moffett

    Ken Moffett Guest

    Prateek,

    You didn't say if you wanted to etch your own PCB's or if you wanted to
    sent the design files out to a board house to be manufactured. If you want
    to send them out, I've found ExpressPCB very good for small projects. It's
    free and easy to use. One program lets you create the schematic, the other,
    the PCB program, links to the schematic and lets you manually place
    components, traces, and pads. You down load the file to ExpressPCB and they
    send you the board(s) in about 3 days. They have several levels of service,
    but I mostly use they're "mini-boards". Three identical 2"x3", two-sided
    boards with plated thru holes, and 350 holes maximum for $59. I've found
    the quality very good. Even if I only need one of the boards it's still a
    good value for me (research support). Also, I often will layout several
    tiny, unrelated crcuits on a 2x3 board and cut them apart for other
    projects.

    Ken
     
  8. Deefoo

    Deefoo Guest

    You'd be surprised...

    --DF
     
  9. Guest

    If it would compile on freebsd.. Or if one could get the complete set of libs
    for linux emulation.. ;)
     
  10. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

  11. Personally I find the libraries in Eagle a pain to use, as they are
    sorted by manufacturer, rather than by type. I can work much faster with
    Circad (www.holophase.com). For my hobbyist needs the free trial version
    (without autorouter) is completely sufficient.
     
  12. prateek

    prateek Guest

    Thanks everyone. I tried EAGLE and ExpressPCB. Both are good
    regards
    prateek
     
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