Go Down

Topic: What is the best free PCB designing application..?? (Read 177078 times) previous topic - next topic


Have you read the rest of this thread? What more can we say?
Designing & building electrical circuits for over 25 years.  Screw Shield for Mega/Due/Uno,  Bobuino with ATMega1284P, & other '328P & '1284P creations & offerings at  my website.


...I'm using "Target3001" (there is a free version here: http://www.ibfriedrich.com/, but the commercial versions are also not very expensive). It is intuitive and easy to learn. I as a complete newbie managed to do this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIYZ0ldzJwY as my first PCB!


in my opionion, eagle offers the best free version of a pcb design application. easy to use and learn, perfect for beginners.
find it here



I wish KiCad had a "proper" forum instead of a Yahoo group.


duemilanove / OSX & WIN
Arduino & Teensy: http://bit.ly/13rbdtQ


Apr 26, 2014, 08:30 am Last Edit: Apr 30, 2014, 08:05 am by EricaDepp Reason: 1
There are many PCB design applications but I generally use OrCAD. Here are some more application which can be useful for you: Altium, Allegro, Expedition, Eagle, Board Station, Cadstar, ProTel, Tango, PADS…

these are best software to design PCB.

Good luck!


Check out FabStream from DownStream Technologies. It's free capture, layout and auto-routing integrated with online PCb procurement to minimize errors during manufacturing. The software was acquired from Cadence Design Systems and enhanced for the DIY PCB engineer. No limits in layer, pin or size. Online Drc. Push and shove routing. Intelligent copper pours. Any angle part rotation. All the features you would pay thousands for from Mentor, Altium, and Zuken. Far surpasses eagle, design spark and and Autotrax.  Real forums, real support. State of the art user interface, secure ecommerce for online PCB ordering. PCBs are low cost, high quality, made in the USA and shipped anywhere in the world. 

Check it out...

Www.fabstream.com for free software download!


Altium just announced the release of their new free PCB design tool.  From what I've seen so far it looks really cool and full featured!



Bit of a useless link. It does not say what OS it runs under and it is only free "to start with". It says you can buy enhancements but makes no mention as to what they are.

So I find they are not up front with this product and in my experience this is always a bad thing. A suck you in and then screw you operation?


I need a PCB designing application which will be FREE....

I mostly need to make double sided PCBs.. I use eagle...Anything much better that that..?
Advanced Circuits' PCB Artist is the absolute best FREE PCB layout software! and it also runs a file check to ensure proper manufacturability of your printed circuit board design for free.



I wish KiCad had a "proper" forum instead of a Yahoo group.
There is a (relatively new) forum at http://www.kicad.info
Hackscribble.  Writing about making things


I've been using the free version of Eagle for simple designs so far and I got no complain about it. Is there any free edition of another program worth checking? (Meaning that it may be offering more than Eagle).

Go Up