[TriEmbed] PCB Design Software Question

Brian triembed at undecidedgames.net
Tue Mar 26 09:09:36 CDT 2019


On 3/25/19 11:08 PM, Dwight Morgan via TriEmbed wrote:
> Thanks Carl. I downloaded Eagle and will bear down on learning it. I’ve 
> used AutoCad before so I’m hoping there is a wee bit of familiarity. 
> There should be some good tutorials for it.
> 
> Dwight

Hi Dwight,

I strongly encourage you to pick KiCad over Eagle, if you're going to 
invest the time to learn the software.  KiCad is certainly different 
from Eagle (I don't know whether I'd say "harder"), but its real claim
to fame as far as I'm concerned is that it's free software.  Eagle's 
"free" version limits you to two layers and (when last I cared about it) 
100x160 mm routing area (i.e. board size).

Of course, the main drawback to KiCad is lack of manufacturer support in 
terms of symbol and footprint libraries.

I'm also a contributing developer to KiCad, so add a grain or two of 
salt to my comments.

Another option is PCB Artist, found at
https://www.4pcb.com/free-pcb-layout-software/

I've never used it, but it claims to be free and unrestricted, and have 
a half-million-part library.

Cheers,
-Brian



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