Board design or TIFU

A project log for Open Source Industrial Smart Camera

A low cost, full featured open source, industrial camera

apodiantApodiant 08/17/2015 at 17:170 Comments

When I started this design I had no design software I could use. I use ORCAD at work, but I only have access to capture. I have used eagle in the past and was planning on buying a license, but being as... Frugal (Let's say frugal) as I am, I decided to give circuit maker a try.

For what it is, circuit maker is pretty cool. But it may not work for everyone (or anyone). I had a few issues connecting to circuit makers servers which meant days that I had set aside to work on the design were wasted. Ciiva is also something that probably seemed like a good idea at the time but is surprisingly unuseful. I found many errors in parts added from ciiva and adding custom parts was not as efficient as it could be.

At this point it is too late to change the design to Eagle and I really wish I would have not used Circuit Maker.

This camera has a total of 5 board, not including the cpu module. The boards are:

- Image Sensor board

- SOM carrier board

- Power board

- Illumination board

- Connector board

All of the boards are 2 or 4 layers and will be ordered from OSHPARK. The first boards I have received are the Illumination boards and the rest will be ordered shortly.