ZofzPCB Gerber Viewer takes the Gerber file data from your CAD/CAM files along with a little additional information and transforms it into a 3D image with colours used to differentiate nets, customisable stackup dimensions and an Autopilot function that lets you sit back and enjoy the ride through your design.
RS Components release of DesignSpark Mechanical seems like fairly big news if you’re interested in bridging the gap between PCB design and having a real product. Eventually you’ll need to put your PCB inside something, and you’ll typically need some CAD software to do that if you want more than one instance!
There are a number of 3D design programs out there, both commercial and open source, but DesignSpark Mechanical is based on SpaceClaim, which grabbed my attention since I know one or two people using this and they’ve generally been very happy with the interface and modelling capabilities designing parts for injection molding.
DesignSpark Mechanical exports direct to .stl, so it’s wonderfully friendly for 3D printing, and it’s nice to see mechanical engineering and part design slowly being democratized the same way PCB design has become in the past 5-10 years!
123D Circuits is a revolutionary free tool for designing your electronic projects online. You can design in a familiar breadboard view and the app will guide you to make professional printed circuit boards with built in layout tools. When you’re done just click to have your boards professionally manufactured and shipped for free worldwide.
What’s also cool is how you can easily, simultaneously work on the same circuit with your friends. And at any point you can compile and emulate your Arduino code inside a live, editable circuit!
Tutorial can be found here: Component Editor Tutorial
The written component editor tutorial has been created. If you’re looking for a quick overview of the programs features and interested in learning how to draw up a component and attach a pattern then this is a good place to start.
Next week I’ll have the schematic capture tutorial drafted up and prepared to be posted. Being the single person operating this site, I have a lot of idea of what I want to do with it and I’m working diligently on each feature at the same time, so if you’re just now viewing this site, please bare with me there are things to come. One additional note, I am currently working on a download page for all the downloadable content on this site.