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pcbpradeep
pcbpradeep
9/1/2016 12:39:03 AM
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need in help very much
Hi p_tek,

This is pradeep I am a PCB designer. In my company i got to work on P-CAD 4.5 and I am very new to p-cad 4.5 (dos) version. some how with a hard effort of 15 days i learnt to open file and edit things. I got failed in generating the out-put, mainly NC drill and aparture. This made my situation worst. let me know can you help me out in this you can use pcbpradeep(at)gmail.com. I googled lot and OOooof nothing clear only one document with unclear insturctions.

 

waiting for your help


pradeep

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dscpcb
dscpcb
9/2/2014 7:10:45 AM
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Re: Cheap PCB prototype fabrication
Use https://www.dsc-pcb.com 

And i am sure that you will get satified with the quality and price.

It's not the lowest, but with the quality and price ratio, from my point of view, they are the best.

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DEREK.KOONCE
DEREK.KOONCE
5/16/2013 6:56:08 PM
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CAD tools and PCB houses
I have been using OrCAD 386 for years. It is from the 1980's and is DOS based. Though old, it is very solid, no bugs, wonderful Yahoo! support group, and the cost is free. When Win7 came out, it looked to be a problem running the software, but the guys on the list figured out a way to make it work. It outputs gerbers and DXF files. Oh, and the best part, it is free.

As for board houses, I have been using EI Connect for some time at work. Had a contractor do some stuff with ExpressPCB, but the problem is getting control of the gerber files for documentation. Recently found SunStone as an interesting option - free software, not proprietary, they can provide gerbers, and they take gerbers (unlike ExpressPCB).

Did a short comparison between SunStone and EI Connect for a proto build. Like SunStone prices. Though, EI Connect could be a big advantage with their $25 for a 5x5 board pricing; only issue is that they want a 3 board minimum. If they can get it down to one 5x5 for $25, then it can be a very valuable source since if one can panelize the artwork to fit in a 5x5 space, it can mean up to 8 boards for a small 2.4 x 1.1 PCB.

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Vishal Prajapati
Vishal Prajapati
5/16/2013 5:27:15 AM
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Re: Views on different CAD tools
Thanks for sharing different tools. Sometimes we don't want lot of features but whatever it does should be neat and clean. I looked at TinyCAD and it looks nice. I am not sure about FreePCB but shoud be interesting also.

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p_tek
p_tek
5/16/2013 4:19:45 AM
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Re: Views on different CAD tools
Having started with P-CAD 4.5 (Dos) and then P-CAD 2000/2001 I moved companies. The new company standard was (and still is) OrCAD which I hated (at least the layout side). I looked around at the (free) packages available for commercial use at the time with a view to using for prototypes.

I found TinyCAD (schematic), FreePCB (layout) and Viewmate(gerber viewer).

These have served me well for both in-house and manufactured PCBs. It has also relieved the shared licensing issues (never available when you need it) associated with paid-for systems.

There have been issues but the authors and support groups have been very helpful. A big advantage with them is that the databases are readable as text rather than being a binary format.

I have been using them for 7 years now.

Philboard

 

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Brad Albing
Brad Albing
4/29/2013 4:52:35 PM
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Re: PCB123
I looked at PCB123 quite a while ago, so I have no new info. I'll check again.

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wawaus1
wawaus1
4/28/2013 9:38:04 PM
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PCB123
Have you tried PCB123?

http://www.sunstone.com/PCB123.aspx

I have been intending to try it but haven't had a chance yet

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Brad Albing
Brad Albing
4/26/2013 2:06:49 PM
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Re: I dig ExpressPCB
Thanks Dave.

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d_erickson
d_erickson
4/26/2013 1:58:18 PM
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I dig ExpressPCB
I use ExpressPCB a lot in both prefession and hobby. Their $51 mini-service ($75 with silk screen and soldermask) is great for protos, one-offfs, adapter boards, and test hardware.  3 boards,  2.5" x 3.8. You will spend more money thinking about how to prototype something than the boards cost. 

Next up is Proto-pro, $175 for four 21 sq. in. boards.


The schematic and layout tools are very easy to use and free, and less than 1 week from order to boards. I do mostly SMT 0805 / 0603, down to .5mm pitch. Check out some of my projects at www.djerickson.com. A downside is no DRC, but there is a 3rd party DRC tool for $20.

Dave Erickson

 

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Brad Albing
Brad Albing
4/26/2013 11:24:28 AM
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Re: Easy-PC
I'll look at Easy-PC and see if I like it.

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