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    can anyone recommend a good pcb software for beginners?i need it for one small project then I will have a go at making the board on the router.
    I came across kicad on youtube so installed the windows version but get a bunch of error boxes on startup

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    Quote Originally Posted by deisel View Post
    can anyone recommend a good pcb software for beginners?i need it for one small project then I will have a go at making the board on the router.
    I came across kicad on youtube so installed the windows version but get a bunch of error boxes on startup

    Not tried any but good selection here;
    http://www.electroschematics.com/224...sign-software/
    http://server.ibfriedrich.com/wiki/i...ons_and_Prices
    Spelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted

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    KiCAD is generally good. I also use Eagle, which is free so long as your design is below a certain size.

    I just sent this PCB off to be manufactured, because it was not feasible to make them the router:

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    Old router build log here. New router build log here. Lathe build log here.
    Electric motorbike project here.

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    My personal preference is Eagle with the pcb-gcode ulp that will generate the necessary gcode files to do the milling and drilling. A bit of a learning curve, but the results are good. As noted above, it is free for "small" sized single and doublesided boards.
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    The RS Components DesignSpark PCB is quite good.

    http://www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/eng/

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  10. Quote Originally Posted by IanS1 View Post
    The RS Components DesignSpark PCB is quite good.

    http://www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/eng/
    Seconded... also look at their mechanical design tools... useful stuff for free

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    thanks for all the suggestions folks.

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    I personally use DipTrace. It's free for personal use upto a certain pin/pad count.
    Avoiding the rubbish customer service from AluminiumWarehouse since July '13.

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    finally deisel, which software do you use now? i n my highschool-time i preferred cadsoft eagle. looking at their newsest blogpost make me feel that their software is as good as in my times ;) http://blog.cadsoftusa.com/2015/03/eagle-won/

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