Peter of Cytec BG writes, “My idea was for pcb designers to be able to quickly, whithout too much hassle, check their board for correct footprints (especially for connectors) and collisions between components. Currently one can change soldermask colors, silkscreen layers, move and rotate components around, change component models and import step files.” For more details visit […]
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Keepout, and restrict polygons are powerful tools at your disposal as a PCB designer. Keepout is used when you don’t want components placed within an area, like edges of a board, or where your heatsink will be placed. Restrict polygons make sure the specific copper layer cant be placed within the polygon. We use them […]
As far as we know Eagle doesn’t offer an option for making plated slots. Here are two hacks we found on the subject. Check out our previous tutorial on building footprints in Eagle. You can also skim through our Cadsoft_Eagle other tutorials on the wiki.
Overview Over the last few weeks we’ve been building 3D models of our projects in Google SketchUp using the EagleUp script. This script makes a 3D model of the board from Cadsoft Eagle board (.brd) files, and populates it with pre-existing models of components. Once you have a 3D model in SketchUp you are free […]
Eagle’s popularity is partly due to the sheer number of parts and footprint libraries available for it. Sometimes you can’t find the part you need in an existing library though, and it’s time to make your own. Making a new part in Cadsoft Eagle can be intimidating for new users, but the guide below shows […]
Today we got a new warning from Eagle’s CAM processor when exporting gerbers to make PCBs. When the CAM processor started we got the error “Board contains a polygon that may cause extremely large plot data”. After some removing nearly every component from the PCB, we found that it was related to the arrows on […]
We decided to clean up our Eagle part library and start using a new part naming scheme. The old library was getting confusing to work with, here’s our new part naming conventions: general naming style [category]_[function]_[partnumber] if function is unavailabel the folowing will be used [category]_[partnumber] Capacitors, Resistors, and diodes will all use the same […]
For future projects we recently updated our best practices for designing schematics and PCBs. We compiled them to a wiki page, as well as some tips for using Cadsoft Eagle. Check them out below. Feedback and suggestions are welcome.
Pete decided to try out Cadsoft Eagle and write about his experience. The first impression wasn’t the best. I finally decided to download and learn to use the industry-standard PCB and schematic layout software: Eagle. I’ve tried a bunch of others, and quite frankly, got tired of always using “also ran” software. The majority of […]
Later today we will announce the winners of the Cadsoft EAGLE licenses. If you’d like one just leave a comment on the original contest post, with an idea that would benefit from the extended features of a hobbyist license.
MichaelZ started a list of Cadsoft Eagle tips and tricks. Learn something new, or share your tricks, in the forum. We’ll keep the wiki updated with your contributions. Thanks McZ!
CadSoft is developing new open, XML-based file formats for the Eagle schematic and PCB editor. This means easier version control, something we gripped about earlier today, and better interoperability among CAD applications. The CadSoft EAGLE development team is developing a new format for schematic, layout and parts libraries that is XML, this means every object […]
Do you want your next PCB to be pretty? Here’s how to add custom graphics to a PCB using Eagle. Via Make.
We’re trying to take it up a notch by adding the Dangerous Prototype logo to future PCBs. We weren’t sure how to do this in Cadsoft Eagle, so we thought we’d share what we did. The Cadsoft miscellaneous downloads page has a number of utilities and Perl scripts that convert images to Eagle compatible scripts. […]