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Autodesk EAGLE

6 Posts authored by: Dave Young
A ULP (User Language Program) is a feature designed into EAGLE to allow users to generate their own processes to automate tasks that would otherwise be tedious and time consuming. While most users know that this functionality exists, very few want to write their own script. A casual user would have to dump far more time learning the system and designing/testing their code than just completing the task at hand.   Many EAGLE users don't know that there are many ULPs that have been written by ...
Anyone who has learned a layout package like EAGLE and sent a board off to a fab knows the trepidation felt when submitting the final gerbers. It doesn't matter if the order is for 3 PCBs or 3,000 PCBs. The time lost from an error can ruin a project's momentum, especially if it is a boneheaded error.    Of course any PCB that is sent for fabrication should be properly reviewed. All DRC errors checked and cleared, component supplies verified with vendors, and gerbers closely inspected ...
Have you put together an Arduino-based circuit and looking to nicely (but easily) document it?  Or perhaps you're looking to create an Arduino Shield with EAGLE and want to start with the correct dimensions of the headers.  Element14 has come to the rescue with the Arduino library of EAGLE parts for exactly that.  There are two types of components in this library: the standard version with a PCB footprint showing the key connections and the 'EXT version which has no PCB footprint. ...
Most people who get into PCB design will automatically be intrigued by the concept of an autorouter.  It would make sense to the outside observer that an algorithm would be able to process millions of iterations of routings that finds the best balance of short traces, few vias, and well-organized traces. Similar to cracking a random password – it is only a question of time before the 'correct' layout solution is found.   According to the reviews of some experienced CAD junkies, ...
Any schematic capture and layout CAD package will have a learning curve, which can leave a new user searching for resources that will help get the job done. CadSoft's EAGLE schematic and layout editors are widely acclaimed as an easy way to get into PCB design, through no small effort on the part of the designers.  However there are many resources beyond the widely ignored F1 help hotkey embedded in the program (yes, those still exist).   To start, many attribute EAGLE's success to th ...
The line between 'Technology Tinkerer' and 'Early-Stage Startup' is faded and gray.  Both are driven by passion, both are tight on cash, and both are run by people with a clear view of the bigger picture looking for tools that can easily get the job done.   It's no wonder that the toolsets enjoyed by one would be incorporated by the other.   CadSoft EAGLE is a prime example of a tool that works perfectly for startups.  First, the capabilities of the tool are expansive, a ...