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Old 09-15-2013, 09:00 PM
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The hardest part about it is its really simple in the sense object one connects to object 2 and so on the hard part is doing it in a way that works without crossing paths and what not. I found it hard for the reason I know how I wanted it to work and I can make it work on my breadboard but on paper its to one dimensional and I lose track of what I'm doing.
I hear you there. That's what makes it a sort of puzzle. Trying to lay out all the traces without crossing them can be difficult, especially with larger boards. That is why many professional boards are multi-layer. The free version of Eagle can support up to two layers of traces, which allows some traces to go along the top and others along the bottom. Sometimes this is necessary. Take the design I've attached, for example. This is probably the smallest board I've ever designed. It would have been impossible for me to lay it out without using the top layer (red) as well as the bottom layer (blue). Both were necessary so that I wouldn't cross traces. You may find the need to create multi-layer boards as you design more and more complex boards, but it's generally a last resort. Always try to put the traces on one side, but if you can't, then move on to the next layer.

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EDIT: Apparently AAC only allows up to 97.7kb EAGLE files, so I'm having to use a temporary file storage service. Here's the board design: http://temp-share.com/show/3Yg8bj4Px
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I see what you mean just not enough space for everything
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I see what you mean just not enough space for everything
Exactly. And as you go along, you'll learn more tricks to save space and route smarter. The board I just showed you is by no means a professional-level board. I'm currently working on designing a new version to better optimize the space and component layout. But the more you do it, the more you learn
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Like anything practice makes perfect
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Here is that pdf you asked for djsfantasi
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