Circuit to PCB - any software that will help newbie?

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  1. drabina

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    I have this circuit that I would like to put on this kind of PCB (do not even know what it is called). Now, since I am newbie when it comes to reading and designing circuits, is there any software that would allow me to move the circuit to the PCB?

    Thanks.
     
  2. mcgyvr

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    I'm not aware of anything.. maybe http://fritzing.org/
    Or I've seen something called "paper circuits" but am not sure if there is a program that does that automaticall.

    I'd get wire wrap IC sockets, some solid wire wrap wire and the wire wrapping tool and go for it. You just need to use wire to make the same connections as on your schematic.
     
  3. t06afre

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    The name is prefboard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfboard I like more veroboard (stripeboard) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stripboard
    It is some software you can use like this http://diylc.org this site will also give some info http://www.printedcircuitsboards.com/software/88/veroboard-stripboard-software.html
    A technique I us is to put the schematics in a transparent plastic folder. Then I made one connection. I use an overhead pen to mark that connection out in full length. But other members may have different approaches. Just find the method you like best
     
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  5. t06afre

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    Here is a template for prefboard. That I made for one of my projects. It is made by an ECAD system. It is printed in 1:1 scale. Measurements in mm. It is 2.54 mm between each "hole"
     
  6. nerdegutta

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    @t06afre:
    Did you drill all those holes...?:eek:

    BTW:I'm using Eagle. And I etch my own boards.
     
  7. t06afre

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    I was hoping that you would volunteer for this job. I need 10 cards. No it is a prefboard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfboard from my component pusher. I am working with 44 pin PLCC socket so I can not use stripeboard. I made it because I needed a an accurate model to work with in order to place components. It took just two mcopy commands to create it.
     
  8. drabina

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    Thanks for replies. It looks like diy-layout-creator is the tool I need. Not automated but will help me a lot in placement of the components on the board.
     
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