PCB Design for LED Display

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by RRITESH KAKKAR, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. RRITESH KAKKAR

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    Hello,
    I want to know software for designing Led display board.
    Please suggest which can generate Gerber file.


    Thanks
     
  2. jpanhalt

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    Have you tried Eagle 7.1.0?

    John
     
  3. RRITESH KAKKAR

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    It draw small size pcb that the big problem in it!
     
  4. Roderick Young

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    Are you saying that the maximum size allowed by Eagle is too small for your needs? If you don't want to pay extra to remove the size limit, you could use DesignSpark. Disclaimer: I have never actually had a board made from DesignSpark.
     
  5. Stuntman

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    There is plethora of options. Not knowing your level of familiarity or your end intentions, I can just throw a couple out.

    A.) If you don't HAVE to have gerbers, ExpressPCB offers a very intuitive piece of (free)software that can get you up and running in no time. The catch is, it will not generate gerbers, you have to order your boards through them. (which I have found to be very economical BTW)

    B.) If you need gerbers (and don't want to spend $$), you will be at the mercy of open source or trial software. Eagle comes to mind as a good choice, but there are many.

    C.) If you are willing to pay, then there are deeper conversations to be had.
     
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  6. DickCappels

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    I have used FreePCB successfully a few times. It is fully functional (not a trial version) and outputs Gerber files.
    http://www.freepcb.com/
     
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  7. nerdegutta

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    I made the 25 LED open end flasher in Eagle. The LEDs could not fit on a standard Eagle board, so I made several, and linked them together.

    [​IMG]

    I used Bill_Marsdens desgin, but now I cannot seem to find it.
     
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  8. ErnieM

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    Kicad is free, open source, unlimited, and quite good.

    I have used it many many times.
     
  9. R!f@@

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    How does this flash BTW ??
     
  10. nerdegutta

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    Like this:
     
  11. MaxHeadRoom

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    I just looked into the FreePCB, it does not appear to have a schematic editor? What formats does it accept?
    Max.
     
  12. DickCappels

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    I allows you to pick footprints and then connect them together. There is a cumbersome procedure by which it can be made to accept a net list from a SPICE program (I think LT SPICE) but I have not tried it. \
     
  13. MaxHeadRoom

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    How easy to create new footprints?
    Max.
     
  14. RRITESH KAKKAR

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    Hello,
    i think this idea is fine but what is maximum length it can develop PCB?
     
  15. nerdegutta

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    I dont think there is a limit.
     
  16. RRITESH KAKKAR

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    In trail it has i want to develop LEd matrix..
     
  17. DickCappels

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    There is an integrated footprint editor which is simple to use.

    I don't know; that information should be in the documentation.
     
  18. DickCappels

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    From the FreePCB website:

    • 1 to 16 copper layers
    • Board size up to 60 inches by 60 inches
    • Uses English or metric units (i.e. mils or mm) for most functions.
    • Footprint libraries courtesy of Ivex Design International, PCB Matrix and the IPC.
    • Copper fill areas
    • Footprint Wizard and Footprint Editor for creating or modifying footprints
    • Imports and exports PADS-PCB netlists
    • Exports extended Gerber files (RS274X) and Excellon drill files
    • Design rule checker
    • Autosave
     
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  19. jacklai

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    I think UCAMCO is a best choice :)
     
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