A project log for Artistic PCB's

A place to record different drawing techniques and experiments for PCB art

adellelinadellelin 04/04/2020 at 17:360 Comments

I wanted to first set up my environment and check that the tools I need work. Too many times I've started a project, made a design only to find that I can't do what I set out to do because I didn't know how to make the tools work. Right now my tool chain is Adobe Illustrator -> Autodesk Eagle. There's been a lot of debate and online resources for more open source programs like Gimp and Kicad. I found Gimp very hard, as the interface is different and I haven't had time to get used to it. Similarly with Kicad, that would need to be another project. I had learnt these programs a long time ago and there's a lot of inherent muscle memory. So I've been doggedly looking for solutions where I can keep my tool chain and do the things I need.

One of the things has been vector shape transfer. Drawing curves in eagle is notoriously difficult. It is possible but not optimal. When I first started making board, I would draw the images that I wanted in Illustrator, import them into eagle as a bitmap, and then trace over them. I think Autodesk has been improving Eagle a lot over the last couple years so I think there is a lot of new functionality that I haven't figured out yet. 

Test difference between svgtoeagle and dxf technique

- filled shapes

- outlines

Use Fusion importer

importing bitmaps

Layer combinations