Get more from EAGLE CAD!

Whether you are a new user or an old hand, our new EAGLE CAD web area now includes CAD experts’ tips how to get more out of EAGLE, part of our ongoing campaign to help PCB designers get their projects to market on time and on budget.

The first section “EAGLE schematics to layout basics” has advice and tips for new users on getting the best from the basic elements of EAGLE:

  • How to set-up using the Control Panel
  • How to build your schematic
  • How to find technical data, availability and price for your chosen components
  • How to layout your PCB

The second section “Cutting costs for fine-line PCBS” explains how to design lower cost PCBs. Our experts show how to reduce the price of a 4-layer PCB with BGAs from €750 to €230 by using the right grid, the right design rules and the right via-pad sizes.

Of course, if you are looking for a new CAD system or planning to upgrade your existing EAGLE software, the EAGLE web area sets out the powerful new features in EAGLE V7 and guides you towards the licence best suited to your needs.

PCB design to PCB manufacture

We have worked with CadSoft, the developers of EAGLE, for many years to develop a fast, smooth and risk-free transition between PCB design and manufacture. Features include:

  • Direct input of EAGLE .BRD data files. Users can upload their job files directly into the Eurocircuits website to check their data for manufacturability using PCB Visualizer and get a price or to place an order.
  • Download of EAGLE DRC files (.DRU files) and additional component libraries from major manufacturers. The free-to-download DRU files incorporate the most cost-effective parameters of our pooling services, helping you to achieve the best possible balance of technology and price.
  • Supply of EAGLE CAD packages. Eurocircuits are EAGLE Value-Added Resellers.
  • Workshops on using EAGLE for beginners and for advanced users.

CAD workshops

If you would like to attend a workshop, or if you run a design team or university electronics department and would like to arrange a tailor-made workshop, please contact us via euro@eurocircuits.com.

How to reduce the costs of fine-line PCBs

In this section we will show you how the right component placement and routing can reduce the cost of 10 4-layer BGA PCBs from 740€ to 233€, and deliver a more robust finished product.

Our customers regularly call us to say that they have laid out a PCB with fine-pitch BGAs. The layout looked OK in EAGLE, but when they uploaded the data onto our website they got a message that there were too many DRC errors so we couldn’t produce the board, or, if we could, only at a higher price.

What has gone wrong?

Most designers start their layout using the PCB manufacturer’s standard specification for the smallest standard track and isolation widths and the smallest drill sizes. For Eurocircuits these are:

Example:

– 150 µm Track/Gap and 0,25mm Drill End-diameter

– Or for a small but affordable extra charge 125 µm Track/Gap und 0,15 Drill End-diameter

So the designer typically uses the smallest standard drill size, 0.25 mm, for the via holes, routes the tracks in accordance with the standard DRC values and makes sure that tracks are centered between pads.

The results on screen looks OK. So the designer uploads his data right away into the online data checker, PCB Visualizer, but then he finds that there are errors everywhere. He can start to work his way through the list but will soon find that it is nearly impossible to solve all errors. The only solution is to change to a more expensive service.

Typical results for a BGA PCB in PCB Visualizer are:

If the designer accepts the violations, the PCB classification changes to class 9E. The outer/inner layer annular rings (restrings) are so small that he has to reduce the final hole size from 0.25 mm to 0.1mm. Similarly the isolation distances are too small, so he must decrease the minimum track width. We can still make the board, but the price has increased to:

What is the problem?

The designer has not noticed that his components are placed off-grid. Tracks can only be routed on grid so they will automatically snap to grid, causing spacing violations. If the designer doesn’t run a DRC before he uploads his data he is unlikely to spot the violations.

In short:

  • The component grid and the layout grid do not match
  • No account has been taken of component geometry.

“So how do I place and route my BGAs to avoid these issues? I want my design to go through PCB Visualizer and DRC Check without any errors and without having to use a more expensive service.”

First, set the right grid

  1. When you switch from Schematic to Layout the layout grid is set as standard to 0.5 inch. The first step is to check your components. If the finest component is on a metric grid then select mm grid. Then set the grid value. In our example we are using a BGA with 0.8mm pitch, so set the matching grid in EAGLE to 0.2mm.TIPAlways set a grid value that is a half or quarter of the component grid.
  2. Always place the components on the grid. To do this, first display the grid. Then show the center cross of the component by switching on layer tOrigins or bOrigins. If a component center is not on grid, snap it to grid.
  3. To do this, activate the MOVE command. Click on the center cross with Left-mouse button. The center cross will snap to the nearest grid point.
  4. Pads and center cross are now in the correct position. As you route the tracks they will snap automatically to grid, so you can route exactly between the pads without violating the design rules.

Second, select design rule values to reflect the geometry of the components.

Check the geometry of your BGA. In our example the BGA has a pitch of 0.8mm and a pad diameter of 0.4mm. The space from pad edge to pad edge is 0.4mm. Use a track width of 0.125 mm and multiply 3 times this value (= insulation + conductor + insulation). The space required is 0.375mm. So you can safely route a track on grid between two pads.

On the diagonal the center distance pad to pad is 1.1312mm (= sq.rt. (0.802+0.802)). So pad edge to pad edge is 0.7132 (= 1.1312 – 0.4 mm for the pads).

This allows a pad size 0.450 mm with minimum isolation 0.125 mm, minimum annular ring (restring) 0.1mm and drill size 0.25mm. This meets our design rules (DRU file):

You have now selected the right grid size and the right design rules. So your finished design will meet the requirements of classification 8D.

TIP

EAGLE does not run an automatic design rule check while you are routing tracks (otherwise you’d get too many errors when you tried to move a track). So from time to time run a DRC manually. That way, there is no risk of errors.

PCB Visualizer displays no errors or remarks.

And the price of our original batch of 10 4-layer PCBs drops from €740 to €233 :

Summary:

Tip 1: Set up the grid in Layout to match the BGA

To avoid spacing errors set the right grid in Layout. A good value is a half or a quarter of the component pitch. Then place the center cross of the components on the grid.

Tip 2: Set up the via pad and drill sizes to match the tightest BGA pitch.

Here the overall diameters are critical. In our example the best values are:

The inner layer pads require a larger annular ring to accommodate any movement during bonding. This difference between inner and outer layers is already set up in Eurocircuits’ design rules.

Optimum PCB Design Flow

How to achieve an ideal PCB Design flow by using the Eurocircuits smart menus ?

Helping our electronics design customers to define the best PCB layout flow possible and thus save time, avoid communication problems and achieve the best price and reliability for their PCB, is our goal. To achieve this goal, we have created smart menus and PCB visualization tools.

Our BLOG contains an online presentation and a movie.

Smart menus.

The Eurocircuits price calculator is based upon the technology of our PCB Configurator software – part of the PCB Visualization tools on our website. You can use the calculator with or without data. Even without attaching data, you will have the complete Eurocircuits service at your finger tips including all technical validation rules that apply when choosing different technical options for your board.

We therefore call them “smart menus”. They contain:

  • Build-up wizard: including more than 700 pre-defined build-ups including blind and buried via combinations.
  • Panel editor: contains full CAM editing functionality to define a professional customer delivery panel
  • Technical validation: around 300 rules are built into the smart menus to help you to choose only those combinations of options that are viable. All violations are explained and possible corrections proposed. If these are not clear or or do not meet your requirements, you can always get help from our engineers by using the  “launch inquiry” option.
  • Classification wizard: our classification guide shows you the pattern and drill classes available for your chosen base copper foils.
  • Price guidance: on every option you choose, the smart menu informs you if there will be a slight cost increase or if the board is no longer poolable.  If the board is not poolable then the price will be calculated on the basis of production panels containing only this board. Prices calculations always include a matrix showing alternatives based upon other more favourable quantities and delivery terms. You can also define your own price matrix to show your own preferred alternative quantities and deliveries.

Visualization tools

After you have finished your PCB Layout based upon the PCB design parameters you defined using our smart menus , you can load your PCB data into the shopping basket section of your account. Our PCB Visualizer software will then start analysing your data. A few minutes later you will be able to view your board on screen and see the results of the analysis. What can you discover?

  • PCB Configurator: you can view the board and the analysis based upon the order details entered into the price calculator.  If you use the alternative pricing option “Analyse my data”, PCB Visualizer will fill out the board parameters in the calculator menu and present its analysis based on our default values.  In either case, go through the order details, viewing all the comments and any possible design rule check (DRC) violations. You can then correct the data to fit the order details, or change the order details to fit the data. Other CAM data preparation functions available include:
    • Panel editor: design standard or complex customer panels interactively on screen.
    • Marking editor: add QR-code, UL-logo, text, date codes, etc… if and where you want them
  • PCB Checker: shows the results of the DRC analysis of your data against the order details. You can view all potential errors one by one and decide what to do in each case. PCB Checker also contains DFM functions including plating index, solder paste surface area, possible fiducials in a design, ….

Presentation “Your optimum PCB design flow”

Our presentation takes a tour through all Eurocircuits” smart menus and PCB Visualization tools and shows how they can help you gain time, avoid misunderstandings and save costs by defining an ideal PCB design flow.

View the Presentation – click here

The presentation is best viewed when you open the speaker notes and view them on a second screen. This can be controlled from the option button in the bottom left corner.

MOVIE: How to use our smart menus and PCB Visualizer

This film gives an overview of how to use our smart menus efficiently to determine your PCB layout parameters and how to then use PCB Visualizer to check your layout against your pre-set design values.

You can always view this video in full screen mode by clicking the right symbol  on the navigation bar and upgrade the resolution by clicking the setting symbol .

Optimising your PCB design flow

A new presentation from Eurocircuits can help you optimise your PCB layout workflow.

Optimising your PCB layout workflow

1. Useour smart menusto optimise your PCB design parameters at any stage, even before you start the layout (no data is needed).

  • Choose from 700+ pre-defined multilayer builds
  • Validate your choice of PCB options (board and copper thickness, track/isolation widths, surface finish, etc.). The smart menuswill automatically check them for manufacturability and cost, explain any issues and flag up lower cost alternatives.

2. Use PCB Configuratorto view and check your data-set before you submit your order. Fix any data issues found which could delay production.

3. Use PCB Visualizer toolsto complete production tasks not suited to CAD systems

To see the full presentation, click here.

For more hints and tips see our “How to …” video: Optimising your PCB layout workflow.

Open all summer

All Eurocircuits’ services will be available throughout the summer without interruption.

Technical blogs

We have published over 100 technical blogs during the last 2 years. Here are some recent highlights.

PCB Technology:

Copper and the board edge : what are “copper up to board edge”, “plated holes on board edge” (also called “castellated holes/boards”), and “round-edge plating”plus how to specify and order them

Slots and Cut-outs : how to specify and order slots and cut-outs clearly and safely

Tolerances on PCBs : use these standard tolerances to keep board costs down

RF pool – insight and details : new RF materials and builds in our updatedRF pooling service

Blind and buried vias : what are they and how do you specify and order them

What is the smallest distance allowed between two holes?

How often can you raise a Eurocircuits PCB to lead-free soldering temperatures?

PCB Visualizer: interactive online PCB data solutions

Panel editor : how to design a custom delivery panel, or view Eurocircuits panels before ordering (plus “How to ..” videos)

Marking editor : how to add custom marking (special text, specific locations etc.) to your PCB (plus “How to ..” video)

Buildup wizard and Layer editor updated : how to select optimum multilayer build, add blind/buried vias, confirm/modify layer assignments

Your PCB Visualizer questions answered : the questions users ask most often.

All about Gerber and data

Standard Gerber declared obsolete : Extended Gerber is now almost universally used:it’s faster, safer – and fully compatible with PCB Visualizer

Gerber past, present and future : where the format has come from and where it’s going to.

Extended Gerber extended – Gerber X2 : new Gerber attributes will make design to fabrication transfer faster, safer and easier

Front-end data preparation white paper : what we do with your data before we make your PCB

All about quality of our PCBs

How do we assure the quality of your PCBPart 1 : in-process checks

How do we assure the quality of your PCB Part 2 : final inspection checks

RoHS and lead-free compliance : all our boards are compliant.

Conflict minerals : we do not use conflict minerals

Environment and REACH regulation : our environmental policy

Ordering PCBs

Pre-production approval : how to view and confirm our production-ready data before we start manufacturing your PCBs

New timeline order tracker : see clearly where your order is, whether you can make any changes and when it will be shipped

BINDI pool : our new service from our newly-opened factory in India gives Asian prices with European quality

PCB Services : overview of our PCB order-pooling services and how to use them

Soldering technology

New generation eC-reflow-mate reflow oven : better soldering control and more comfortable operation

Through-hole component soldering using our eC-reflow-mate : pin in paste technology

We have an on-going program of technical papers, but if there are particular topics on which you would like us to produce a blog, please email your usual sales contact or euro@eurocircuits.com.

Copper and the Board Edge

Copper and the board edge.

There are three options under our Advanced options heading which may be confusing:

  1. Copper up to board edge
  2. PTH on the board edge
  3. Round-edge plating.

Here’s how to sort them out.

Copper up to board edge.

To avoid damage to the copper during the profiling operation we normally ask for a minimum distance between the copper features and the edge of the PCB.  This distance is:

  • 0.25 mm on outer layers with breakrouting
  • 0.40 mm on inner layers with breakrouting
  • 0.45 mm on all layers with V-cut scoring.

These figures are needed to accommodate industry-standard manufacturing and machining tolerances.  For V-cut scoring it is also necessary to accommodate the V of the cutter.

Sometimes it is necessary to run a copper plane up to the board edge.  In this case select “Copper to board edge”.  There is no extra charge for this but it alerts our engineers to set up a different cutter speed.

“Copper to board edge” should normally only be used for planes and large copper areas where any slight damage to the copper will not impact on the performance of the PCB.

Tracks must not be placed within the minimum distance of the board edge where they could be damaged.  Our engineers will raise an exception whenever they find tracks within the exclusion zone.

If we find pads within the minimum distance of the board edge, we will clip them back to restore the minimum copper-free space unless:

  • the pads are part of an edge connector (usually with a bevelled edge)
  • the pads are marked as “up to the board edge” in a separate mechanical layer
  • the clipping is more than 25% of the pad surface in which case we will send an exception to the customer.

NOTE.

Copper to board edge cannot be combined with V-cut scoring.

TIP.

We will always cut inner layer planes back by 0.40 mm to avoid any risk of shorting.

PTH on board edge.

Also called “castellated holes”.

 

These are plated holes cut through on the board edge and used to join two PCBs either by direct soldering or via a connector.  As the process requires extra steps, plated holes on the board edge are a cost-option.

Your data should clearly show the holes and the profile.  Ideally include the information in a mechanical layer.

TIPS.

  1. There must be enough spare space on the edge of the PCB for us to hold the PCB in the production panel during manufacture.  If you need castellated holes on all 4 sides, email us your design or proposed profile as early in the design process as possible.  We can then confirm that it is manufacturable or suggest any necessary changes.
  2. You must have pads on top and bottom layer (and on inner layers where possible) to anchor the plating securely to the PCB.
  3. As a general rule the holes should be as large as possible to ensure good soldering to the mother PCB.  We recommend 0.80 mm and above. Minimum end size possible is 0.5mm.
  4. All surface finishes are possible but our preference is for selective gold over nickel for the smaller sizes.

Round edge plating.

This means that most or part of the edge of a PCB or a cut-out is plated from the top side to the bottom side.

  

This may be to ensure a good ground to a metal casing or for shielding purposes.

To manufacture a board with round-edge plating we rout the board profile where the edge plating is required before the through-hole plating process.  This involves extra process steps so round-edge plating is a cost option.

TIPS.

  1. There needs to be a band of copper on each side for the plating to connect to.
  2. As we need to hold the circuit within the production panel during processing we cannot plate round 100% of the edge.  There must be some gaps so that we can place rout tabs.  If you need a very high percentage of edge-plating, email us your design or proposed profile as early in the design process as possible.  We can then confirm that it is manufacturable or suggest any necessary changes.
  3. Indicate clearly in a mechanical layer where you need round-edge plating.
  4. Selective chemical nickel-gold is the only surface finish suitable for round-edge plating.

Standard Gerber declared obsolete

Can standard Gerber still be used to order PCBs?

As you can read from Ucamco”s announcement, Standard Gerber (RS-274D) is declared obsolete as input format for their Computer Aided Manufacturing tools for PCB production.

Eurocircuits has for a long time promoted the use of Extended Gerber (RS-274X) for communicating PCB designs as described in our BLOGs:

It”s safer, faster and fully compatible with our PCB Visualizer tools.  PCB Visualizer cannot process Standard Gerber files as they are incomplete, lacking the built-in shape definition tables etc…

We therefore support Ucamco”s decision to declare the Standard Gerber (RS-274D) format obsolete.

=> Yes, you still can use Standard Gerber (RS-274D) but we STRONGLY recommend you to use Extended Gerber (RS-274X) instead.

If you have any questions on outputting Extended Gerber, please contact us via our Chat service or email us at

euro@eurocircuits.com

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.  If you need boards made from old files which are only available in Standard Gerber, please contact us on a case by case basis.

We recommend you to also read Ucamco”s announcement in this BLOG.

Open Letter to the Gerber User Community

Please use Extended Gerber for all your operations.
Standard Gerber is technically obsolete.  If you are still using it, you are putting your business and that of your clients and business partners at a useless risk, without benefit.

As the developer and custodian of the Gerber format, Ucamco hereby wishes to communicate the following important information about Standard Gerber.

Standard Gerber is now technologically obsolete.

  • Despite its name, Standard Gerber is not a defined standard for PCB data transfer:  Units and aperture definitions, rather than being governed by a recognisable standard, are in an informal document, the interpretation of which is unavoidably subjective. As a result, Standard Gerber files cannot be machine-read in a standardized, reliable way.
  • Standard Gerber requires aperture painting and copper pours, both of which create manual work in CAM, adding cost, delay and risk to the PCB manufacturing process.
  • Standard Gerber does not support attributes.

Extended Gerber files ARE machine readable, they do not require painting, and they do support attributes. Virtually all software read Extended Gerber and many new implementations no longer support Standard Gerber. There is not a single good reason left to use Standard Gerber. Using of Standard rather than Extended Gerber is a self-inflicted competitive disadvantage.

Extended Gerber fully supersedes Standard Gerber. Extended Gerber is the current Gerber format. Standard Gerber files therefore do not comply with the Gerber specification.

Ucamco”s position regarding the Gerber format is therefore as follows:  Any party that chooses Standard rather than fully standardized Extended Gerber is responsible for any issues that might arise as a result of its use.

Thank you.

Karel Tavernier
Managing Director
Ucamco

Read the full article – with detailed motivation – in pdf format

Slots and cut-outs

Milling, slots and cut-outs – hints and tips.

One of the most frequent questions we get asked via our support services is “how to I define slots in my PCB?”.  Slots and cut-outs also generate many exceptions, which may lead to delivery delays.  Some exceptions occur because the definition of the slots is not clear; others because slots and cut-outs are in the data but not in the order.

Terminology

“Routing” describes the cutting of the board profile, outline or contour.  We use a 2 mm cutter for this.  Any feature which can be cut with the 2 mm cutter is part of the profile.

“Milling” refers to any slots or cut-outs inside the PCB, but also to any slots in the profile of the PCB which can’t be cut with a 2 mm cutter.

How do I define my slots?

Gerber mechanical layer.

The safest and clearest way is in a Gerber mechanical layer which shows the slots/cut-outs and the profile of the PCB. Two possible ways forward:

  1. Use draws and/or flashes with the correct end size of the slot/cut-out
  2. Draw the slots/cut-outs with a 0.50 mm line.  It has the advantage that at the same time the line helps you to visually check the clearance of any copper to the board edge. Our engineers will take the centre of the line as the edge of the slot.

Combine your definition of the slots/cut-outs with the PCB contour (outline) into one Gerber file. This layer should line up with the copper layers, but to be as safe as possible make sure that the copper layers also include the PCB outline.

Different systems have different names for the mechanical layer (for instance in EAGLE it is layer Milling – layer 46).  Provided that you have included milling in your order (see below) our engineers will find the right file.

If there is no mechanical layer, you may have to adapt another layer.  If there could be any doubt which is the right file, point to it in a README file.

Avoid defining slots only in a copper layer or in a legend layer, as they are then very easy to overlook or misunderstand.  You can indicate large cut-outs in a copper or legend layer, but make sure that there is a clear outline, and put text CUTOUT in the middle.

Drill file.

Some CAD systems allow you to define slots in the drill file.  This is also safe and clear.  But they must be defined as slots with an X & Y dimension, not as a row of overlapping holes.

Plated/non-plated.

We take slots with copper on top and bottom to be plated.  Give the dimension of the finished slot size.  We will make the necessary adjustments for the plating.

Slots with no copper on top and/or bottom layer are non-plated.  If you need non-plated slots through copper pads, indicate this clearly in the mechanical layer or in a separate drill file.

Example:

This pictures shows the customer data:

customer file

  • an outline file containing some cut-outs (contour file, drawn with a 0.50mm line) – yellow
  • a drill file containing all drill holes and large round cut-outs defined as flashed hole – blue
  • a routing layer containing all slots defined as tracks with the correct slot sizes – red

PCB top view

The result shown on the final board. Note also the difference between the plated slot and the non-plated cut-out.

How do I order my slots?

In the Price calculator menu go to the section headed PCB definition and then to the Milling box.  There is a choice of 3 cutters: 2 mm, 1.2 mm and 0.50 mm.  Select the one which is the same size as, or smaller than, your smallest slot size.  Note that you cannot use a 0.5 mm cutter on board thicknesses greater than 2.00 mm.

If your board has slots or cut-outs, make sure that you fill in the Milling box.  It alerts our engineers that your board need milling.

1.2 mm and 0.5 mm cutters are cost-options.  If they have not been selected, we will need to increase the price of the PCB so our engineers will raise an exception.  There is no charge for the 2.00 mm cutter as it will cut the slots at the same time as it cuts the profile – but still complete the box so that we know that you need slots or cut-outs.

How do I check my slots?

PCB Visualizer is an automatic Gerber pre-production analyser.  Gerber is a pure vector format with, at present, no built-in attributes.  So PCB Visualizer cannot always detect structures like slots and cut-outs. What is possible at the moment:

  1. Your slots/cut-outs are defined using flashes and/or draws, placed in a separate mechanical layer and this layer lines up perfectly with all other layers => PCB Visualizer has no troubles recognizing all slots/cut-outs and displays them correctly.
  2. Your slots/cut-outs are drawn with a line (0.50mm). PCB Visualizer will display the line but the material inside the line will not be removed from the image. Our engineers will find and define them when they prepare the tooling for the PCB. Once this is done, you can view the prepared data in PCB Visualizer as the “Production data” rather than the “Customer data”.

If you want to check that the slots and cut-outs are correct before the board goes into production, set up pre-production approval by clicking the “Request pre-production approval box” under Running orders.  The job will then be halted after tool data preparation for you to check.

If you have any questions, contact our Live Chat support.

Switch to EAGLE V6 – get V7 free

Version 7 of CadSoft’s EAGLE PCB design software is scheduled for release in July 2014. Switch to EAGLE V6 now and benefit from enhanced design technology right away. Then get a FREE update to V7 when it is released.

Buy EAGLE V6 now and upgrade to V7 for FREE

CadSoft’s EAGLEsoftware is one of the most popular CAD packagesin Europe. It’s easy to learn, easy to use and affordable with a powerful range of functions and proven support. Find out more .

Eurocircuits have workedclosely with CadSoft for the last 5 – 6 years. Users can read our DRC parameters directly into EAGLE V6 and then upload their V6 data files directly into PCB Visualizer. So designers get their prototype PCBs with no delays and on our most cost-effective service.

EAGLE version 7 will be launched in July but you can get the benefits of EAGLE right away. Buy or upgrade to Version 6 and the upgrade to V7 will be FREE as soon as it launched. More info [link to blog]. Buy EAGLE V6 from Eurocircuitshere. Upgrade Terms and Conditions [ do we need this here? If so, link to blog.]

Technical blogs

We have added more technical blogs to our website.

  • Updated user interface [still not sure which blog you want here – or is it a new one?]
  • Marking editor. Use the NEW PCB Visualizer function to add custom markingto your PCB.
  • Evertiq TEC Stockholm. Read our headline conference presentation on using our smart menus to optimise your design flow.

We have an on-going program of technical papers, but if there are particular topics on which you would like us to produce a blog, please email your usual sales contact or euro@eurocircuits.com.

EAGLE-V7.0

THIS OFFER EXPIRED 31.12.2014

Buy EAGLE Version 6 and upgrade to Version 7 for FREE + a PCB order discount of 30 Euro netto

CadSoft’s EAGLE software is one of the most popular CAD packages in the market today.  Whether you are an experienced PCB designer or looking for your first CAD package, EAGLE CAD is easy to learn and easy to use.  It offers powerful PCB design solutions, including Schematic Capture, Board Layout and Auto router, all at affordable prices.  Thanks to a full range of support options, switching to EAGLE is fast into use and stress-free.  Find out more.

Watch the EAGLE introductory video.

Switch to EAGLE offer.

EAGLE V7 will be released in July, but you can start getting the benefits of EAGLE right away.  Purchase EAGLE V6 before the V7 launch date and you will get V7 for FREE as soon as it is released. On top of that you can still profit from our Eurocircuits 2014 EAGLE campaign and receive in your Eurocircuits customer account a PCB order discount key of 30 Euro netto to be used with your next PCB order. Terms here.

Order EAGLE V6 from Eurocircuits here.

V7 – new features

  • Hierarchical schematic design, which allows the designer to create structured schematic drawings.  The top sheet  can contain module boxes representing parts of the schematic.
  • Improvement of the autorouter: A new router algorithm pre-routes the layout.  The result is smoother tracking with fewer angles.
  • Support for multi-core processors. This will allow EAGLE  to route simultaneously several jobs (with different settings).

Eurocircuits and EAGLE.

We have worked with CadSoft over the last 5 – 6 years to integrate EAGLE into our workflow.  EAGLE users can upload the .BRD data files directly into PCB Visualizer without the need for conversion.  Designers can download free EAGLE DRU files from our website.  These come with built-in component libraries to speed your design process, as well as design rule parameters based on our order-pooling services.  Use these parameters and you can be confident that your design has the optimum price – and will go into production without any delays caused by data issues.

EAGLE V7 upgrade offer terms and conditions, defined by CadSoft Computer GmbH.

Website upgrades deliver more for designers

New website upgrades from Eurocircuits deliver new PCB analysis tools for fabrication and assembly, and more convenient menus to help hard-pressed PCB designers get their projects to market on time and on budget.

1. PCB Visualizer has more functionality for board fabrication and assembly plus new screen layouts to make it faster and easier to use.

2. New Order tracking timeline provides a detailed step by step report on the progress of your order.

PCB Visualizer – new functionality

Over the next few months we will launch new value-adding tools for PCB Visualizer. These will make ordering faster and more secure, improve the quality of the finished PCB, and provide important information for more reliable assembly. Today we add:

  1. Solder-paste area calculation: calculate the exact amount of solder-paste required for your job.
  2. Fiducial finder : locates unconnected pads not covered by soldermask. Select from them if you need fiducials during assembly but there are none provided in the design.

PCB Visualizer – smarter screen layout

1. PCB Checker and PCB Visualizer menus merged.

When PCB Visualizer has completed its Design Rule Check (DRC) the results are displayed directly in PCB Checker, so that you can locate errors immediately without the need to swap menus.

2. PCB Checker DRC and Design for Manufacturability separated.

Many of the new PCB Visualizer functions are designed to improve the manufacturability and robustness of the PCB or to increase the reliability of the assembly process. For clarity we will group them in PCB Checker in a separate menu for Design for Manufacturability (DFM).

3. Single smart screen for Buildup wizard and Layer editor.

Layer assignment, build selection and blind/buried via definition are interlocked operations. To avoid the need to swap screens we have put them onto a
single page. The smart menus with built-in checks ensure that all layers are correctly assigned and that the blind/buried vias selected can be manufactured
[link to new blog]. Choose from more than 700 pre-defined multilayer builds.

Order tracking timeline.

Click on order status column to find where your order is in the process workflow, what we are doing to it, whether you can make any changes, and when it will be shipped, plus links to all associated documentation from order confirmation through shipping to invoice.

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Technical blogs

We have added new technical blogs to our website

We have an on-going program of technical papers, but if there are particular topics on which you would like us to produce a blog, please email your usual sales contact or euro@eurocircuits.com.

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please: contact your local Eurocircuits sales channel or email
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