Once we are ready to take our prototyped design to production, we are faced with the design and construction of a printed circuit board. There are many professional as well as maker-level tools for schematic capture and PCB layout, but not many are in the price level for a small start-up. In this weeklong class, we will look at two electronic design automation (EDA) programs that are low-cost yet surprisingly feature-rich: CircuitStudio and KiCad. CircuitStudio is a simplified version of the popular high-end Altium Designer program and can be purchased for as low as US$500. KiCad (pronounced "Key Cad") is an open source program that has been supported by some major companies including Digi-Key and is a bargain at its price (free). We will work through a simple microcontroller-based board design from sketch to finished PCB and look at the differences in the process between these two EDA tools and a full commercial tool such as Altium Designer. Participants will be encouraged to follow along with one or both of the tools and the project files will be shared as the class progresses.
February 25, 2019, to March 01, 2019
Continuing Education Center