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Few guidelines to help in PCB layout

LazyHDLazyHD 09/13/2015 at 14:133 Comments

Everyone has his favorite PCB Design software suite, no matter how good the software is by itself these tools will help with your PCB design.

1- PCB Library Expert

This tool which is IPC approved will help you designing and generating Land Patterns (Footprints) for your components. The calculations follow IPC standards and are often updated to meet the latest standards.
You should always generate a specific footprint for the components you are using.

Link : http://www.pcblibraries.com/LibraryExpert/

2- Saturn PCB Toolkit

"The Saturn PCB Toolkit is the best resource for PCB related calculations you can find.
It incorporates many features that PCB designers and engineers are in regular need of like current capacity of a PCB trace, via current, differential pairs and much more. "

Features Include:



Link : http://www.saturnpcb.com/pcb_toolkit.htm


3- FAB3000:

This one is not free. You can try it for free but if I am not mistaken it is around 300$ to buy. This software has a lot of tools regarding Gerber Viewing and Editing, DRC and DFM and much much more. I use it to check the Gerber files generated by the EDA. I run DFM checks to make sure I didn't miss anything.


Link : http://www.numericalinnovations.com/collections/fab-3000-gerber-cam

4-NinjaCalc

Thanks to @Geoffrey Hunter for mentioning it.
NinjaCalc is "A embedded engineering calculator toolbox for doing calculations in a breeze."

Link : http://mbedded-ninja.github.io/NinjaCalc/

If you have any tools that help you with the PCB design please make sure to mention them.

Discussions

Geoffrey Hunter wrote 03/30/2016 at 04:27 point

There is an open-source app called NinjaCalc (http://mbedded-ninja.github.io/NinjaCalc/) featuring various embedded engineering calculators, including ones for calculating track current (using IPC-2221A or IPC-2152 standards), standard resistor values and resistor dividers. Disclaimer: I am the author.

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LazyHD wrote 03/30/2016 at 06:06 point

Awesome thanks I will add it to the list

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Geoffrey Hunter wrote 03/30/2016 at 09:20 point

Massive thanks!

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