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Which PCB layout software should I use?

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

Re: Which PCB layout software should I use?

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:03 am
by 8Volts
Anyone
Anyone at aalll???
😳

Re: Which PCB layout software should I use?

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:17 am
by n1ist
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

Re: Which PCB layout software should I use?

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:29 pm
by dschlic1
If you are running Linux, there is an excellent program called "PCB". There is also a design suite called gEDA.

Re: Which PCB layout software should I use?

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:32 pm
by languer
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.

Re: Which PCB layout software should I use?

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:44 pm
by mattylad
I'd go with Eagle given your requirements.
Mainly because there is lots of help with it.

Re: Which PCB layout software should I use?

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:41 am
by Nikosant03
I am using Eagle and I am really satisfied!! Another great option is Altium and KiCad.