Sjaak has published a new build: Inspired by an old article from sparkfun and some tests I conducted myself I came up with a PCB that holds the pogopinholders and an lasercut acrylic fixture for the PCB on top. Using the dirt(y)cheap services from dirtypcbs.com the cost for this jig, including pogopins and their holders is […]
Sjaak shared a tip for panelizing PCB boards in Eagle: Panelizing is done by machining a slot between two or more boards, but keep them attached by a small amount of PCB material (mousebites). I used to do it by hand: generated all the schematics into multiple sheets and then route the board and finally […]
Rohit Gupta has written a Python command line tool to merge several PDFs generated by Eagle into one for easier printing when using toner transfer method. He calls is BoardMerge and you can download it from Rohit’s website. Via the contact form.
Steve Chamberlin of Big Mess o’ Wires writes: Four and a half years ago, I wrote a mini-review of Eagle vs. KiCad, two of the most popular software tools for hobbyists creating custom circuit boards. I concluded that while KiCad had lots of promise, it was too full of quirks and bugs to recommend, and […]
Eagle ULP: Create drill line array This ULP is quite creative and simple to use. Draw a 0 with wire on the milling layer. Run the ULP, the dialog box selection will provide options to either draw an array of holes or vias. Parameters such as Diameter, signal name amount of holes and distance can […]
Christian Aurich created a FreeCAD macro that imports Eagle board XML data into FreeCAD: The common solution until now is to export your board with eagleUp and assemble it with a case in Sketchup. This also gives you some drawbacks. The most important to me was that the Sketchup files are mesh based like the data […]
Here’s an SVG image to Eagle polygon importer called svg2poly. It seems like an excellent alternative to the BMP importing plugin we’ve been using to make cool silkscreen artwork for our boards. Surprisingly often, I find myself wanting to import vector images into eagle, and have them appear as polygons – usually for silkscreen. Whilst […]
If you really wanna jam as many components in the tightest space possible, dual side placement is the way to go. Luca made a tutorial for Eagle which describes how to place components on the bottom side of the board.
Adafruit shows how to accurately design footprints in Eagle. The process imports the mechanical drawing into Eagle, and the footprint is traced over this template. It’s best used for mechanical parts – connectors, buttons, jacks, etc – that have complicated footprint designs. You can also check out our guide to building simple footprints in Eagle, […]
Mats shared his method of aligning, and positioning all the LEDs on his clock in a perfect circle. He wrote an online PHP script that outputs Eagle commands that position, and rotate the LEDs depending on the parameters you enter into it. I have written a php script that generates a bunch of moves and […]
As we picked up some experience with Eagle, we figured out that clicking icons and typing in commands slows down productivity. Eagle’s key-binding features make it faster to do common tasks by pressing a few keys, but for a real kick they can also run scripts. We use a hot-key to run our project export […]
A link to this guide was left on yesterday’s post about fixing library issues on Eagle 6.xx Linux versions. The difference to yesterday’s guide is that this one provides links to all the missing files, instead of having them packaged in one archive.
Chuck wrote to us with a short tutorial on a simpler way to make footprints in Cadsoft Eagle. See our tutorial here. Hello, my name is Chuck and I’ve been following your site for several months now. I was reading through the Eagle “How to make parts” tutorial and noticed you guys are making the […]
Rik shows how to design PCBs with more than two layers in Cadsoft Eagle. The tutorial covers the basics, as well as some advanced subjects like BGA escape routing. Keep in mind you’ll need a standard or pro version of Eagle, as the free version doesn’t support designs with more then 2 layers. Via the […]
Today we made some site updates: The tracker now allows ready only, WordPress publish bug fixed by deactivating (non functioning) Google+ integration plugin. We also sent two new project sales pages to Seeed, which should be up in a day or two. Work on the secret project firmware continues. Today we implemented a buffer that […]
Today was mostly documentation day. We wrote another Eagle tutorial, this time on how to make plated holes for your PCBs. We will run it tomorrow, as our regular “HOW TO” post. We also continued with some renders of a soon to be released product. We spent lots of time editing the render in Photoshop, […]
A short but helpful tutorial on how to copy parts between libraries in Cadsoft Eagle. You can also check out some of our Eagle tutorials.
Today we had meetings, cleaned up the workshop, and worked on our application to the Open Hardware Summit. OHS applications are due the 31st (Thursday), we’ll post ours as soon as it’s done. We continued updating and cleaning up our Eagle part library, and made some adjustments to a soon-to-be-released PCB. Capacitor measurement in now […]
We finished responding to every email received during the Maker Faire, and wrote everyone who gave us a business card. If you were expecting a mail and didn’t get one, please followup again, it may have been lost in the shuffle. We also debugged the RSS feed issue. FireFox uses the description field of the […]
Ever wonder how some designs group all the power supply pins in one corner of the schematic? They look organized, and it’s easier to understand how the circuit works because pins are grouped by function. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to make an Eagle part with separate power pins. This can be extended […]