electro-music.com   Dedicated to experimental electro-acoustic
and electronic music
 
    Front Page  |  Articles  |  Radio
 |  Media  |  Forum  |  Wiki  |  Links  |  Store
Forum with support of Syndicator RSS
 FAQFAQ   CalendarCalendar   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   LinksLinks
 RegisterRegister   ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in  Chat RoomChat Room 
 Forum index » DIY Hardware and Software » The layout factory
Which Program do you use?
Post new topic   Reply to topic
Page 1 of 1 [6 Posts]
View unread posts
View new posts in the last week
Mark the topic unread :: View previous topic :: View next topic
Author Message
Project_2501



Joined: Jan 31, 2018
Posts: 25
Location: Los Angeles

PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:07 pm    Post subject: Which Program do you use? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Didn't see a thread in this nature so here it is... please delete/ignore if there is.

What program do you use for prototyping pcb/stripboards? pros/cons? Any which ones that are decent for free?

Any books/youtube instruction on how to translate schematic to efficient stripboard layout would be welcomed Very Happy
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Grumble



Joined: Nov 23, 2015
Posts: 699
Location: Netherlands
Audio files: 20

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I use https://www.cadence.com/content/cadence-www/global/en_US/home/training/all-courses/85037.html this, its an expensive commercial package which I use for work but am allowed to use at home as well (can’t be in more places as one)...
_________________
my synth
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
g.gabba



Joined: Nov 29, 2008
Posts: 295
Location: berlin
Audio files: 18

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

iam not getting tierd to say to everybody:
Use "Sprint-Layout" !!!!!!

it is very easy to use, like a paint program
it is meant to use it for designing PCB layout but u can use it also for stripboard layout,
if you do so u dont need to learn a new program when you would design a PCB, and normaly this day will come in a complete SDIY-guy-lifecycle.

There is a full feature Demo Version only no saving/ printing fuction.
ive tested this program myself in a virtual maschine cheat the saving function (dont know how illegal that was) and purchased it as i was convinced that it will worth the 50€
https://www.electronic-software-shop.com/lng/en/electronic-software/sprint-layout-60.html?type=N&opt=%7B11%7D22&language=en

they have also a programm called "lochmaster" dedicated to stripboard design, which is also quite nice, but i would suggest sprint layout.

iam currently using them to develop a stripboard-design for my vco
attached a impression of how it could look like.


Sptint_VS_Loch.png
 Description:
 Filesize:  336.53 KB
 Viewed:  16 Time(s)
This image has been reduced to fit the page. Click on it to enlarge.

Sptint_VS_Loch.png


Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Rob Kam



Joined: Jul 26, 2016
Posts: 2
Location: London, UK

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:25 am    Post subject: Re: Which Program do you use? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

KiCad nightly build , decent and free. Docs here.

Getting to blinky.

Con: (Until you know what you're doing), KiCad libraries are organized in repositories on GitHub. Not for stripboard layouts.
Pro: KiCad libraries are organized in repositories on GitHub. For PCB layouts.

_________________
SDIY wiki
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
petegaggs



Joined: Jan 04, 2018
Posts: 22
Location: Cambridge, UK
Audio files: 1

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I've been using easyeda, and can recommend it
https://easyeda.com/
I found I picked it up really quickly, probably due to the fact that the GUI seems to be modeled on Protel/Altium, which I used to use at work a long time ago.

Multi-sheet schematics did not work very well for me, though this was a while ago, they may well have improved that in the new version.
The auto router actually works pretty well, the PCBs I did with it were 100% autorouted.

You can also order PCBs from them, very competitive price. I recently got a small board made, qty 5 for about USD10 or so.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
cslammy



Joined: Apr 27, 2018
Posts: 7
Location: USA

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Eagle. I used the free version for a long time and eventually sprung for the standard version (I think?) which allows the creation of larger PCB's.

Over the years, it's been a tiny bit buggy sometimes, not sure about the look and feel of the graphics output as sometimes it seems cluttered to me, but Eagle been around forever and I have found the tech support and community to be very helpful.

BTW the more recent versions greatly simplify the creation of gerber files, which is a big improvement. There is a bug with creating PDFs from reduced image files.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic
Page 1 of 1 [6 Posts]
View unread posts
View new posts in the last week
Mark the topic unread :: View previous topic :: View next topic
 Forum index » DIY Hardware and Software » The layout factory
Jump to:  

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum
e-m mkii

Please support our site. If you click through and buy from
our affiliate partners, we earn a small commission.


Forum with support of Syndicator RSS
Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group
Copyright © 2003 through 2009 by electro-music.com - Conditions Of Use