PCB-guide - George Mason University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department ECE 492\/3 Senior Design Project PCB Design Guidance(Dr Peter W

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George Mason University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department ECE 492/3 Senior Design Project PCB Design Guidance (Dr. Peter W. Pachowicz) If you plan to cut your PCB using in-house LPKF S63 PCB prototyping machine then follow the following recommendations during your PCB design phase. For boards fabricated outside the ECE Dept. please follow specific manufacturer guidance. Software guidance OrCAD PCB design: In-lab access is provided to the OrCAD PCB design software. However, you can use any software which gives you Gerber and Excellon files. You can also download and install a free version of OrCAD. It is good for learning at home and designing very small boards. The most difficult restriction to work aroundthis free version is the size of netlist. However, as your design grows, you can move to the lab software. KiCAD open-source: If you plan to work at home, then KiCAD open-source PCB design is an excellent alternative (I use KiCAD). It does not have limitations on sheet, board and component size and complexity. However, their component and footprint database is obviously much smaller than one coming with professional software. When creating a new footprint, always work with a similar existing one by modifying and storing it as a new file. Work using hotkeys they help to speed up the process significantly otherwise,the job will become very tedious.
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  • Summer '19
  • Printed circuit board, Senior Design Project, PCB Design, OrCAD PCB design, board contour file

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