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Topics => Product Design => Topic started by: Deous on Jul 02, 2018, 05:13 pm

Title: Best software to design PCBs
Post by: Deous on Jul 02, 2018, 05:13 pm
I want to design smaller circuit boards (2x4cm and smaller) and I am looking for a good, reliable, if possible free software for designing PCB.
I haven't done it and am not sure what formats are the best for PCB companies like JLCPCB.
The circuits will use SMD components of various sizes even 0402.
So what software out there do you recommend?

Thank you
Title: Re: Best software to design PCBs
Post by: BigEyeTuna on Jul 13, 2018, 05:39 am
I've found KiCad to be great and easy to use. It is not perfect, but there is a lot of guides on the web to handle most issues.
Title: Re: Best software to design PCBs
Post by: larryd on Jul 13, 2018, 07:57 am
There are a great many threads on PCB software recommendations on this site, search for them.



Title: Re: Best software to design PCBs
Post by: bos1714 on Jul 13, 2018, 04:07 pm
Hello there!

I have been using Autodesk Eagle for quite some time and I have gotten some good results from it. The schematic and layout screens are user-friendly, and making your own component symbols and packages couldn't be easier. There is a standard free version and a paid premium version, but students can get the premium version for free.