wiki/ news/ 2009-02-17 - EAGLE CAD Workshop

Why EAGLE CAD?

We had to choose a CAD program for PSAS since we're doing our own PCBs. We wanted an open source PCB CAD program, but the current ones (gEda and KiCAD) are just not quite there yet (in our opinion). As it gets better, we'll probably do the switch to OSS, but for now it's just not tenable for our project.

EAGLE CAD, from http://www.cadsoft.de/, fits the bill in many respects:

There are some big drawbacks, however:

We're mostly OK with these limitations. Note that there are (painful) ways to get around the board size limitation, such as overlaying Gerber files after the CAM step using GerberTiler, but in general we don't recommend it.

Pre-Workshop Homework

If you're going to come to the workshop, please do the following:

  1. Download EAGLE CAD from http://www.cadsoft.de/ and install it on your computer.
  2. Play around with it. Take the tour, go through the tutorial, or maybe even read the manual.
  3. Download the PSAS key bindings and install them into EAGLE. in each application (library editor, schematic editor, and layout editor) type 'script' and import our decent keybindings (TODO: POST HERE).
  4. Finally, if you do have a laptop, we'll encourage you to bring it for the workshop and follow along with us as we step through EAGLE.

Here are the workshop notes: EagleCadWorkshopNotes