Screaming Circuits: Good PCB CAD Software


Good PCB CAD Software

Here's a scenario we run across reasonably frequently. It happens to a lot of different types of folks. First, there's the small company engineer. He or she has to design a board and get it out the door with pretty much no budget. Then, you might have a seasoned EE at a large company suddenly tasked with more than just the phase locked loop design. Now the project also requires designing the rest of the board, the layout and the prototyping. Oh, and by the way, there isn't a budget for buying another seat on the big CAD system.

Enter PCB123. You might know them as Sunstone Circuits. If not that, then you might have used them as PCBexpress. All the same company. Probably half or more of our customers buy their pc boards from Sunstone. They always give us (and more importantly, our customers) great service. They're just up the road from us so we can get things back and forth quickly too.

Back to the subject at hand - PCB123 is a free to download and easy to use but powerful schematic Linktopcb123 capture and PCB layout package. It also automates the process of board quoting and ordering. Yes, it does require that you purchase the finished boards from them, but we'd recommend you do that anyway. If you get your boards from PCB123 and your assembly from us, all you have to do is tell them in the special instructions to send the boards to us.

They are a different company than we are so you do have to quote the assembly with us separately, but it's really easy to do. Give the PCB123 folks your screaming circuits order number and tell us the boards are coming from them. Ship us your parts kit (or have us order them for you as a turn-key) and you don't have to worry about the boards. When they are all fabbed up, PCB123 will send the boards and necessary files directly to us and we'll ship you the completed assemblies. Cool.

Duane Benson
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