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PCB and Schematic software - Help needed

KSels
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I am working on a project and need to create my own PCB card to give me what I need.

But I need to now what PCB software I can use that has a loot of components and easy to use.

Does anyone now where I can get that? Also free if possible, dont have a loot of money to use on software.

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VIvan7
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Kicad is free. Check these video tutorials.

https://contextualelectronics.com/course/kicad-tutorial/ https://contextualelectronics.com/course/kicad-tutorial/

You'll spend 50-70% of time creating libraries of footprints for components that you will use. There is no way around it.

Don't waste time learning a program that has a free version which is limited to a tiny 2-layer board.

Pablo_M_Intel
Employee
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Hi KimLorentz,

I just made a quick "pcb software" search in Google and got some results that you might want to check. There's http://www.expresspcb.com/free-cad-software/ expresspcb, CAD software for circuit design. I also found this list of free PCB Design programs, http://www.electroschematics.com/2249/pcb-design-software/ http://www.electroschematics.com/2249/pcb-design-software/.

Regards,

PabloM_Intel

VIvan7
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Designs made in Expresspcb can only be produced on expesspcb.com Nobody else accepts them.

The two most popular programs among hobbyists are Kicad and Eagle.

The free version of Eagle is limited to the maximum board size of 4x3.2 inches (100x80 mm) and 2 layers.

Sparkfun gives away Eagle libraries for their overpriced components. That may help.

KSels
New Contributor II
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Going to try these programmes and see what works best for me.

Do you know any company that can make good pcb cards for me?

VIvan7
New Contributor III
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You can shop for a PCB manufacturer here:

http://pcbshopper.com/ http://pcbshopper.com/

OSH park is popular for small prototypes.

https://oshpark.com/ OSH Park ~ Welcome

rsama4
Beginner
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PCB s used to be designed manually with the help of a photo mask on a Mylar sheet. Schematic circuit used to be drawn on a plain paper.

check best PCB design software - http://www.technicgang.com/best-free-pcb-design-softwares/ http://www.technicgang.com/best-free-pcb-design-softwares/

 

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