Here, we discuss one of the great, open-source circuit and PCB design programs that can help both beginners and professionals in their journey to make quick and precise designs.
A good circuit and PCB design is crucial to ensure the success of a product. KiCad EDA is one such open source software tool for electronic design automation (EDA) that helps designers to build and validate their designs fast and more efficiently. KiCAD has emerged over many years into a powerful PCB and circuit design tool with many professional-grade features. It is a cross-platform software that works on Windows, Mac OS, Linux OS devices.
With this software, its pretty easy to do things any design engineer wants. This includes capturing schematics, layouts for PCB, Spice Simulation, generating bill of materials, 3D PCB models, etc. It supports PCBs with up to 32 copper layers and is capable to create designs of all complexities.
Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS
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After installing KiCAD, you can launch KiCAD by running kicad.exe under Windows and typing ‘kicad’ in the Terminal under Linux. This opens the main window of the KiCad project manager. From here you can access the main stand-alone software tools in the KiCAD software suite:
1. KiCad Project Manager
6. PCB Calculator
7. PI Editor