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pcb-design [2021/01/15 12:34]
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 So you want to design a PCB, eh? This will be a good resource and place to start! So you want to design a PCB, eh? This will be a good resource and place to start!
  
-[[https://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/115|Better PCBs In Eagle]]+//(Last updated: Spring 2021)//
  
-[[https://​www.kicad-pcb.org/help/tutorials/#​_tutorials_in_english|Kicad tutorial]]+//(Be very aware that this page may not be updated as frequently as we'd like, and therefore might be out of date. Apologies.)//​ 
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 +There are three main PCB CAD programs: KiCAD (free and open-source),​ Eagle (now owned by AutoDesk), and Altium (the industry standard). These each offer their own advantages and have their own disadvantages that won't be covered here.  
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 +As of Fall 2020, AutoDesk has divided the Eagle software into a free limited hobbyist edition, and a "​professional"​ version that is integrated into Fusion360. So... the guides linked below are mostly restricted to the free edition. A lot is the same for the Fusion version, but there are a number of differences that we're not covering here.  
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 +SparkFun'​s Eagle tutorials: ​[[https://​www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/115|Better PCBs In Eagle]] 
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 +KiCAD tutorials ​from the devs: [[https://​docs.kicad.org/|Kicad tutorial]] 
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 +An Eagle walk through by our own PCB MPI, Ben H: [[https://​drive.google.com/​file/​d/​1dMGvQDNdeAxVvKihwhejHeePyfpV92Nc/​view?​usp=sharing|How To Eagle]] 
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 +**Is there an officially recommended PCB CAD/EDA program?​**\\ 
 +No, there is not an official recommendation. GT students get Fusion360 for free, and all that entails, which theoretically makes the integration between the mechanical and electrical easier and more fluid. Altium offers a very steep discount for a student license that was (as of Fall 2020) only $100 a year. KiCAD is basically Python to Altiums'​s MATLAB - it's open source and free, but you have more work to do for yourself to get everything working, and it can be buggy at times. Not sure where Fusion360 fits into that analogy. ​
  
 **Is there a recommended DRC/CAM file I can use?**\\ **Is there a recommended DRC/CAM file I can use?**\\
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