Which PCB layout software should I use?

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8Volts
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Which PCB layout software should I use?

Post by 8Volts » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:15 pm

Hello,

I was thinking to try and do my own PCB layouts myself
And then generate the gerber files so I can
Give them to my PCB manufacturer.

But I never used such a software and I would like
to ask this forum which one I should use?

It should allow me to design layouts from the smallest
To the biggest pitch sized electronic components for example 0402 components up to normal sized ones and
Chip pitches from 2.54mm to 0.5 mm.

I also need a software that is simple and popular to use with Plenty of tutorials on YouTube and that can allow
Me to design multi layered PCB with ground planes.

A support line would be nice also.
All suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks

8Volts
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Re: Which PCB layout software should I use?

Post by 8Volts » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:03 am

Anyone
Anyone at aalll???
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n1ist
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Re: Which PCB layout software should I use?

Post by n1ist » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:17 am

I use KiCad; other popular ones are Eagle (though they have recently changed their licensing and have limitations), and Diptrace. I would stay away from ones that lock you into a specific vendor (ie. ExpressPCB). I haven't used the free Eagle or Diptrace so I don't know how well they work for multilayer. KiCad can handle up to 32 layers with planes or pours on any of them.
/mike

dschlic1
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Re: Which PCB layout software should I use?

Post by dschlic1 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:29 pm

If you are running Linux, there is an excellent program called "PCB". There is also a design suite called gEDA.

languer
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Re: Which PCB layout software should I use?

Post by languer » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:32 pm

Sparkfun supports libraries for KiCad and Eagle, so if SFE is one of your preferred sources for components you may want to stick with one of those. Adafruit and Pololu favor those as well.

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Re: Which PCB layout software should I use?

Post by mattylad » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:44 pm

I'd go with Eagle given your requirements.
Mainly because there is lots of help with it.

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