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Old 1st November 2013, 06:55 PM   #21
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I can home make 48 15x15 cm boards, single face , for some $120 .
So each costs around $2.50 .... plus time, of course, around 3 hours total.

Designed in Autotrax 1.61(DOS based) and silkscreened.

Here's a batch of 36 7x14 cm ones, 100W Guitar Power Amps, already sprayed with flux/protective varnish:

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Here's a previous stage, being drilled in packs of 3 to save time:

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Here's a later stage, being riveted to the aluminum L shaped heat spreaders:

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Old 10th November 2013, 10:09 PM   #22
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An outstanding free software suite is the gEDA. It have every thing you can dream about, all is free and unlimited, and it is becoming better and better.

For the shematic, gschem is as good than Cadence, and very easy to learn.

For the layout, pcb is a great software. Maybe not the easiest, but very powerfull. And it have a windows port.
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Old 10th November 2013, 10:32 PM   #23
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An outstanding free software suite is the gEDA. It have every thing you can dream about, all is free and unlimited, and it is becoming better and better.

For the shematic, gschem is as good than Cadence, and very easy to learn.

For the layout, pcb is a great software. Maybe not the easiest, but very powerfull. And it have a windows port.
Some of the free packages are quite limited.
I prefer something with more functions and lots of error checking.
One bad batch of pcb's could pay for a half decent PCBCAD package.
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Old 11th November 2013, 11:26 AM   #24
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You have to ask yourself why major EDA companies use software by Cadence, Zuken, Mentor and Altium, and pay quite a bit for the software and when they can afford it software maintenance.
These sort of packages are OK for DIY and basic use.
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Old 11th November 2013, 12:03 PM   #25
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Because they are designing complex boards and need managed libraries and tools for production and purchasing. Anybody can use these packages, but for the first timer they are overwhelming and for DIYers generally more complex than necessary.

RS Components have Designspark and Farnell have Eagle, both free. Personally I use Sprint-Layout because it was vastly more quick and easy to get into than any other package.
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Old 12th November 2013, 09:26 AM   #26
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Because they are designing complex boards and need managed libraries and tools for production and purchasing.
That applies to DIY, board complexity does not really matter, but library management is just as important for DIY as it is for professional.
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Old 6th December 2013, 10:47 PM   #27
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Default PCB software

I too am a novice (only been soldering bits together for about 30 years) and I need to make relatively simple PCB's. I use Robot Room Copper Connection.

Its free download and free to use, with it you can produce single/double sided boards with silkscreen overlays. Easy to use for the beginer, like me !
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Old 17th December 2013, 11:03 PM   #28
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RS Components have Designspark


Designspark is essentially EasyPC by NumberOne, albeit with a slightly different colour scheme and library and file formats and a few missing functions.

It has just enough obfuscation in the files as to be different to Easy PC ,much to the chagrin of paid up Easy PC users who cant benefit from the RS librarys.

But EasyPC is a well known and developed package that has been around since '87.

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Designspark is essentially EasyPC by NumberOne, albeit with a slightly different colour scheme and library and file formats and a few missing functions.

It has just enough obfuscation in the files as to be different to Easy PC ,much to the chagrin of paid up Easy PC users who cant benefit from the RS librarys.

But EasyPC is a well known and developed package that has been around since '87.

Rob
I remember the very early EasyPC CAD software as I bought a copy.
It had a few bugs and quite a few missing vital functions so I sat down and wrote my own CAD software. It used the same key presses as EasyPC.
That's was in around 1990.
I am still writing that software ! the task is never ending as there is always another function you could use.
Good old Maplin sold quite a few copies for me until Windows 95 came in and my DOS software became redundant.
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I would recommend cadsoft eagle to you. Best pcb free software in my eyes.
the new update is also available for mac now.
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