3D BRD viewer, a free tool to visualize CadSoft EAGLE PCB designs in 3D

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 […]

HOW-TO: Eagle Keepout and Restrict layers

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 […]

HOW-TO: Build 3D models from Eagle files

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 […]

HOW-TO: Make parts in Cadsoft Eagle

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 […]

Large plot data warning from Cadsoft Eagle CAM processor

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 […]

DP Eagle part library cleanup and naming standards

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 […]

Cadsoft Eagle review by a new user

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 […]

EAGLE open XML format for schematics, PCBs

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 […]