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10/28/2013

PCB layout for an automatic leveler performed using DipTrace.
PCB layout for an automatic leveler performed using DipTrace.

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MaxBlack
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A truly low cost or even free PCB tool
MaxBlack   11/19/2015 5:06:50 AM
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Hello,

Thanks for your post,it's nice and helpful.

But I have to say that it would be good to see EasyEDA add to this list.

I have been using EasyEDA for over a year. EasyEDA is a  free web based PCB tool for anyone involved in electronics design and able to share the work with others.

It offers schematic capture, spice simulation and PCB design - including Gerber download - for free.An autorouter is also available,it dose save my time.

EasyEDA also offers low cost PCB manufacture and assembly.and you are even not tied into buying the PCBs from EasyEDA,it is equally possible to submit 3rd party Gerbers to EasyEDA for fab.

It is also possible to import existing designs done in Altium, Eagle and KiCad and edit them in EasyEDA prior to PCB Gerber generation.

and you can have a try at :https://easyeda.com/

  

 

 

zofz
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Re: Direct3D Gerber Viewer
zofz   10/2/2015 2:22:22 AM
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STEP or IGES for components is a natural development direction, as I also feel. I am actually seeking for a alliance with a 3D component models repository. I am targetting automatic models download. Also, The STEP/IGES export of a complete mounted board would make sense.

 

TonyTib
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Re: Direct3D Gerber Viewer
TonyTib   10/1/2015 4:24:12 PM
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Can ZofzPCB handle mechanical 3D files (IGES, STEP) so you can use accurate connector models?

zofz
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Direct3D Gerber Viewer
zofz   10/1/2015 3:18:08 PM
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ZofzPCB.com - There is a free 3D PCB preview tool, a 3D Gerber Viewer. It is reading a set of CAD2CAM files usually automatically. If IPC356 "netlist" file is included, you can browse by components, pins, nets (and compare the copper to the netlist).

The software uses Direct3D - that is it is converting the painting into optimized triangulated surfaces. Benefit: speed of rendering. Disadventage: up to some size, depending on the GPU. The rendered image is quite different than symbolic 2D representation, this lets you spot another errors, then a 2D adapted eye. 

I was trying to add some pleasure to the task of PCB checking: guessed components visualization (no BOM and lib yet), autopilot, transition effects.

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Jackever
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Re: PCB Tools
Jackever   12/12/2014 5:33:00 PM
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For those missing TANGO it will work in win7 32.

And in 64 bit under DosBox (or other dos emulators).

http://www.acdcelectronics.ro/tango_sch_pcb_win_7_english.pdf

Sorry if repeating info.

 

Jack

Jacke@oxigraf.com

jdking
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Re: Can design productivity be free?
jdking   7/1/2014 12:55:50 PM
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Although an old thread, someone earlier mentioned PCB123 as an option that fits in all of the categories. I've done some home projects that used their software and think it is certainly a great addition to this list.

I would like to add that creating a footprint is especially easy, less than 5 minutes from scratch for a part that has 1-20 pins. You can do multi layer boards (more than 2), the turnaround from the manufacturer is quick and if you don't need cutouts or anything really special for a two layer board it may only cost $50 (1-2 small boards) to turn something out with shipping. 

You can also get the gerbers from them :)

 

 

Guy.F
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Re: Tango PCB & Tango SCH
Guy.F   11/2/2013 6:21:05 PM
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Both Tango PCB & Tango SCH run within Windows 7 Pro using DOSBox. Print your schematics as PS and open them in SumatraPDF to print or view in Windows.

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Re: Can design productivity be free?
Aeroengineer   11/1/2013 7:53:43 PM
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Yeah, that is the frustrating thing is that you may have thought that you did everything necessary to change the part, but then later you find that you missed one, or it just did not work.

TonyTib
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Re: How good are PCB 3D models?
TonyTib   11/1/2013 6:53:25 PM
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Thanks for the info.

That doesn't make sense for us; our machines are pretty small, and I'm working on replacing discrete wires (typically running in wire duct) with standard or easy to make cables connecting to custom PCBs.

docdivakar
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Re: How good are PCB 3D models?
docdivakar   10/31/2013 9:09:23 PM
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@TonyTib  Sorry for the late reponse... Harness pro3D with upto 100wires in the cable costs ~$6K, the CAD translator for multiple CAD formats is another $500.

You are accurate about ePlan's application mostly in the control panel designs; it is almost unheard of in PCB design community.

MP Divakar

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