Post Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:51 am

PCB Design..


If anyone is interested in designing PCB's (printed circuit boards) or creating schematic diagrams then RS Components have released Designspark;
Quoted from here:
Free from practical constraints on board size, pin counts, layers and output types, DesignSpark PCB can be used for schematic capture, PCB layout and generating manufacturing files.

Multi-page schematic designs are supported, gerber (extended) outputs allow the designer to choose who will manufacture their board.

DesignSpark PCB supports the importing of Eagle design files and libraries. See the Eagle import tutorial for further information.

A comprehensive standard parts library is supplied, this can be amended, copied, added to etc as required. Sophisticated New Part Creation Wizards make it easy to design new parts from scratch or by using standard symbols and footprints. Please be encouraged to share your designs, libraries and tips so other users can benefit from your experience.

Bill of materials reports can be generated at any time, these will give RS order numbers where appropriate.

When going from schematic to PCB parts can be auto placed and there's also an auto router included. I must admit the couple of simple circuits I've done has sold me and the big bonus is it's free.
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