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Advanced Circuits' free PCB layout software PCB Artist has become a favorite not only with engineering students but also advanced engineers due to its easy schematic-to-PCB layout, Gerber format, autorouter, and extensive library of over 500,000 parts.
The company's website features the PCB Artist Tutorial Manual, which provides the step-by-step instructions from creating the schematics of the PCB, converting the schematic to PCB, and using the software’s PCB Design Editor. There are also links to video tutorials for the PCB design software, including a seven-part series with step by step instructions.
Moreover, users may order their boards right from the PCB Artist design software, making it fast and convenient.
About Advanced Circuits
Advanced Circuits has been an early pioneer in offering instant online web quoting, ordering, and status tracking; taking a giant leap forward with the introduction of FreeDFM, a free pre-order file-check service that has become an indispensable tool for engineers to avoid design errors and fabrication delays. With FreeDFM, users may upload their files and, within minutes, will receive a detailed quote along with a graphical report identifying any file design issues. All orders at Advanced Circuits receive a detailed design file review by the company's large CAM engineering staff prior to fabrication, unlike some “no touch” shops. With this value-added service, customers can quickly fix any PCB design issues as soon as possible.
For more information about PCB Artist, visit www.4pcb.com.
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