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superfluous_candy_cane:
I have developed 20-30% of a realistic 3D circuit simulator that is aimed primarily at beginners, and also perhaps educators. It is built around a 3D work environment, in which the user can connect components and wires to a 3D breadboard, with the components snapping into place, as if on a real breadboard.

The problem I have right now is whether I should continue development on the project, as I don't know how much interest people will have in the software. The main differentiation factor of this simulator compared to other options is the realistic 3D aspect of it. I have implemented realistic-looking wires, along with visual effects such as smoke to show when a component is overloaded.

The software was developed with the potential use cases of beginners wanting to simulate circuits, who may possibly not have access to a certain physical component, or towards educators, maybe a classroom teacher displaying a circuit that they want their students to build up on a breadboard.

I'm wondering whether this userbase is likely to choose to use this simulator over something robust that already exists, such as Tinkercad circuits.

What do you guys think? Do you think there is enough of a potential userbase for this software to warrant me continuing development for it?

Ranayna:
That sounds quite nice. Do you have any screenshots you want to share? I'm very curious.

Maybe you can make a game out of this? There are a few semi-educational puzzle games that use programming concepts. Some quite close to actual programming languages that can therefore be used to teach some basic principles of programming.
Maybe something similar would be possible for electronics.

thm_w:
Made me think of this: https://store.steampowered.com/app/621060/PC_Building_Simulator/

I don't know how you would judge interest without releasing say screenshots or a beta.

YurkshireLad:
What are you using to simulate the circuits? SPICE?

As a true beginner I find this interesting. I tried using various tools to quickly build and simulate basic schematics. I found that tools using SPICE were a challenge for me when simulating a circuit. Others like circuitjs, are much easier to use but offer rudimentary simulations.

I think this is a good idea for curious beginners like myself who want to tinker but will never be able to learn enough to be an expert. But thats just me!

superfluous_candy_cane:

--- Quote from: YurkshireLad on September 21, 2021, 11:05:40 pm ---What are you using to simulate the circuits? SPICE?

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Yes.

Here are some screenshots of where the software is at now.

Let me know what you guys think :)

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