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Old 4th December 2009, 10:51 AM   #11
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Wow.... Looks NICE!!
It is!
Recently I finished my KiCad-learning-project.
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/solid...et-relais.html
And I am pleased by the KiCad functionality, also the synchronization between schematic and board did work in a fully satisfying way, when introducing changes.
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Old 7th December 2009, 09:04 PM   #12
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Mostly through hole technology, although SMD might be used. Board size up to 400x200mm ish! Easy PC any good?
I design 1 to 6 small PCBs a year using the $125 eduction version of Eagle. Full features but limited to 160x100mm boards. For the price it is a good value.

Good:
Schematic capture is good. There is a fairly good component library and adding new components isn't hard. Manual layout is easy. The design rule checks work.

Bad:
Eagle's Autorouter is nearly useless. I wouldn't pay extra for it.
No SPICE either. You have to design outside of Eagle.

Eagle has a freeware version to download and try. I also tried a couple of free programs but none of them were as good as Eagle.

A few of my boards -- Eagle is ideal for simple projects like these:
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Old 10th January 2010, 08:36 PM   #13
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Default PCBCAD 30 or 40

Simom:

I say old man, I hope that I am not too late with this information. But right in jolly old England, they are selling a complete PCB system for a mere 14.99 pounds.

It is located on eBay (UK). It is an excellent package, and if I was not so heavily invested in Protel and CircuitMaker 2000. I would check it out.

Cheers old fellow


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Old 5th July 2010, 07:18 PM   #14
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I use Multisim/Ultiboard. I got it cheaper because I'm a student, it's pretty expensive if you buy the full version.
It has autorouting and you can see a 3D model of your PCB.
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