[OT]Homebrew PCB fabrication

From: Paul Koning <pkoning_at_equallogic.com>
Date: Mon Feb 21 08:54:04 2005

>>>>> "woodelf" == woodelf <bfranchuk_at_jetnet.ab.ca> writes:

 woodelf> emanuel stiebler wrote:
>> Just in case it is obvious, but did you check the prices for 2
>> layer boards ? I think the prices are as low as never before, so I
>> wouldn't even start to do it on my own.

 woodelf> The prices may be low but what about good cad software?
 woodelf> Free or under $100 US would be nice. Here in Canada I was
 woodelf> looking at about $75? setup and $1.00 can per sq inch. Of
 woodelf> course two boards minum. Unless you plan to do 3x4 inch
 woodelf> pcb's or thousands I too think getting the pros to do it is
 woodelf> a better idea. Ben alias woodelf. PS the homebrew computer
 woodelf> using CPLD's is going to need a far bigger board than demo
 woodelf> PCB software gives.

You should be able to do a whole lot better for board prices -- grab
any copy of EE Times and look at the ads in the back.

As for layout software, there are a bunch that are free, with
limitations perhaps. I'm a long time user of Eagle Cad (from Cadsoft,
a german company). They have a freeware version that will do boards
up to 3 by 4 inches ("half eurocard"), as well as a low price
"non-profit" license for a more powerful version. Check out

Some PCB shops offer free layout software, but chances are that isn't
such a good deal because you're tied to that shop for fab and are
charged extra.

Received on Mon Feb 21 2005 - 08:54:04 GMT

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