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what is the best free software to design electronic circuits? Answered

I need a free software to design electronic circuits.. before i execute them on a breadboard or a strip board..
online software is also fine..

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mpilchfamily

Best Answer 3 years ago

Fritzing is a vary simple and basic program for this. There is a breadboard layout you can use to easily work out your basic wiring. Then you can perfect your layout on a PCB. They also offer a service to have your PCB devices manufactures. There are a couple other companies that offer free circuit programs like this and similar manufacturing services.

http://fritzing.org/home/

Eagle Cad is another. The free option is limited but still vastly more detailed than Fritzing but not vary user friendly for first timers.

http://www.cadsoftusa.com/

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Wired_Mistmpilchfamily

Answer 3 years ago

For Through hole schematics use Fritzing ; No Doubt. it's nice, quick and easy to use.

Personally I despise Eagle for anything but SMD. If you want to have a professional board, it offers many more tools you may want to look into. Also Eagle files are accepted at far more manufacturing facilities.

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steveastroukWired_Mist

Answer 3 years ago

Shops prefer Gerbers. Can you get that out of Eagle ? I use Pulsonix and Altium if I have someone forcing my arm up my back.

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Wired_Miststeveastrouk

Answer 3 years ago

Yes, Eagle will output Gerber files. Check the link mpilchfamily posted for the details

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TinaPie

3 years ago

Try 123 Circuts

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Wired_Mist

3 years ago

Hey has anyone tried 123 Circuts? It's the one hosted here by Autodesk.

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petercd

3 years ago

diy-layout-creator can handle schematics and stripboard. Designed for wiring and layout of electric guitars, but Ive used it for all my stripboard projects, quick n easy.

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steveastrouk

3 years ago

Use a pencil and paper. Amateur circuits rarely need fancy tools, and the ideas flow easier with P+P.