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Circuit design software
« on: January 21, 2017, 12:29:43 AM »
I've been playing around designing circuits.. haven't found something I really liked yet.. didn't like Eagle... then used Mouser Multisim for a while.. that was OK, the circuit analysis was great, but a lot of the parts don't have models...

Now I've been trying Circuitmaker, which seems to be semi-online and has a pretty good parts database, and parts searchability has some improvements over Multisim... Not sold on it yet, but it's full featured and completely free.. which is kinda nice
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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2017, 07:56:27 AM »
Just get used to eagle and design your own library for parts that it doesn't have from the white papers

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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2017, 11:08:43 PM »
That's a bloody PITA too though
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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2017, 06:17:01 AM »
It's future proof and pretty much the industry standard... lol

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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2017, 01:55:02 PM »
I just find footprint libraries hard to come by.. seems like you gotta draw out the pads for every component even though there's millions of other components with the same footprint
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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2017, 03:17:55 PM »
Well that's the cool part once you're done you're done, it isn't that complicated to make pads... I just start at 0, make a copy of a pad, then offset each one the spacing

Then grab everything as a group and then center the pads over the 0 so its centered.. then draw lines around it. Honestly takes about 15 minutes to make something, if it doesn't truly exist

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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2017, 06:38:19 PM »
There should just be a footprint library.. it's stupid to have to redraw a DIP-8 every time you need to add one.. of course those are the easy ones, but the idea is the same
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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2017, 11:11:31 PM »
I just got Eagle 8... I don't know how anyone can tolerate that damn program.. I'm tearing my hair out after using it for an hour
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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2017, 02:29:21 PM »
This just came up...
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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2017, 06:09:56 PM »
lol don't use 8, use 7.7

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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2017, 07:54:52 PM »
32bit

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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2017, 01:00:42 AM »
I just downloaded KiCAD... will give that a try and see how I like it
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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2017, 01:49:52 AM »
Just briefly tried Kicad... other than an ass-backward mousewheel zoom, it seems good so far... has separate files for the footprint of a device, which is precisely what was lacking elsewhere... just search QSOP16 and there it is

I saved Eagle for future reference as well :)
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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2017, 10:03:15 AM »
Best get used to eagle :) it's what everyone and their mom uses, just avoid the whole 8.0 thing.. that's new I guess since the last time I turned it on

Pretty much all the libraries you find are for eagle, like seeedstudio's shields etc

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Re: Circuit design software
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2017, 01:31:52 PM »
Theres no footprint or layer limit in Kicad though.. and since I do have Mega projects to build, it is nice
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440hp/1000 ft lb @ 2400 RPM