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Offline oliviasmithh900

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Need free PCB Designing software
« on: January 14, 2021, 03:40:35 pm »
Hi,

I am olivia, student of Computer Engineering, so I don't have much background in Electronics ( as my field's related to computer) but still we have to wok on electronics hardware in few subjects and currently we are studying DLD, where we have to submit a hardware project at the end.

I have selected Automatic Door lock using logic gates and I have almost designed it on Breadboard and now problem is I have to design its PCB board. I have worked on Proteus software but have only designed circuit, haven't tried PCB ARES yet, & I think I am working on free version so it won't allow PCB design.

So, here I am in great need of some excellent PCB designing software, and as I am student so I can't afford much, it will be better if its free. I'll be really obliged !!!

Have a good day.
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Offline eliocor

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Re: Need free PCB Designing software
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2021, 03:43:50 pm »
 
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Offline jackthomson43

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Re: Need free PCB Designing software
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2021, 03:47:01 pm »
Proteus is a great tool to work with but yeah it's paid, and if you have the money then you should give it a try. Proteus ARES is used for designing PCB circuits, while Proteus ISIS is used for circuit designing, which you must have worked on.

But as you are looking for free software, then you should try NextDFM PCB software, which you can download from here https://www.nextpcb.com/nextdfm.html , its a free PCB tool, I think that will be helpful in yoru case.
 
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Offline oliviasmithh900

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Re: Need free PCB Designing software
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2021, 03:50:09 pm »
https://kicad.org/

Thanks I will check it out ....

Proteus is a great tool to work with but yeah it's paid, and if you have the money then you should give it a try. Proteus ARES is used for designing PCB circuits, while Proteus ISIS is used for circuit designing, which you must have worked on.

But as you are looking for free software, then you should try NextDFM PCB software, which you can download from here https://www.nextpcb.com/nextdfm.html , its a free PCB tool, I think that will be helpful in yoru case.

I will check that out too ..... and yeah I have worked on ISIS before, but I couldn't find ARES anywhere. I will search for it too.
 

Offline MarkF

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Re: Need free PCB Designing software
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2021, 06:19:30 pm »
I have found that DipTrace is much easier to learn than KiCAD.
 

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Re: Need free PCB Designing software
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Offline GerritMax

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Re: Need free PCB Designing software
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2021, 09:15:48 pm »
https://easyeda.com/ is another free one.
 

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Re: Need free PCB Designing software
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2021, 02:55:11 pm »
Hi,

I am olivia, student of Computer Engineering, so I don't have much background in Electronics ( as my field's related to computer) but still we have to wok on electronics hardware in few subjects and currently we are studying DLD, where we have to submit a hardware project at the end.
(..)

Interesting statement...   I've heard similar comments way back in 80s. early 90s.

when computer tools (like computer RAM) were very few and costing way too
much to consider a commodity.

Well things changed.. as you may have noticed computers are everywhere
and such distinction (like saying computer this.. or that..) is irrelevant.

A plethora of tools, compilers, programmers and hardware (smart tvs, smart
cars.. smart phones.. even smart watches) are abundant and the proper skill
is no longer related to computer..  but the whole stack.

You may guessed that hardware engineering skills is the top most priority
being the rest of stack (OS, toolchain, languages.. CAD EDA soft ) highly abundant

Today a folk which is "computer something" is as good as a mechanic
which can only use a screwdriver... not a wrench..

ONE MORE VOTE FOR KiCAD...

Being a suggestion to quickly integrate your panorama into AutoDesk CAD tools
(like EAGLE) and OrCAD  a must have knowledge for proper dealing with
models..

Which BTW  numerical simulation is still a vast requirement..
and AFAIK i am not aware of some folk which is "Numerical Engineer.."

Times changed.
Skills more than tripled than before

Look ALTIUM  as well - nobody escapes that framework as well

cheers
Paul
 

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Re: Need free PCB Designing software
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2021, 03:13:32 pm »
But as you are looking for free software, then you should try NextDFM PCB software

Interesting trivia, this tool is developed by Huaqiang group, the group that owns the HQB electronics market.

Never used it though, as I only sell IPs, but finished boards, so DFM is not a thing for me, as long as it passes mandatory DRC.
 


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