Top 5 Softwares For PCB

From a simple calculator to a complex machine like a computer, they all have circuit boards. But here is a fun fact, you can make these circuit boards at home using different softwares and then fabricate it to a physical form.

What is a PCB?

PCB stands for Printed Circuit Board. A printed circuit board mechanically supports and electrically connects electrical or electronic components. It uses conductive tracks, pads and other features etched from one or more sheet layers of copper laminated onto/or between sheet layers of a non-conductive substrate.

Here Are The Top 5 Softwares For PCB Designing-

1. Altium Designer

Altium Designer, the most widely used professional PCB design tool available, bridges all facets of the PCB design process to keep you seamlessly connected to every aspect of your design — at all times. Schematic, PCB, Layout, Documentation, and Simulation enable you to design top-tier electronics faster and more effectively.

2. Autodesk EAGLE

Autodesk EAGLE is an electronic design automation (EDA) software. It enables the printed circuit board (PCB) designers to seamlessly connect schematic diagrams, component placement, PCB routing, and comprehensive library content. EAGLE is a scriptable electronic design automation application with schematic capture, printed circuit board layout, auto-router, and computer-aided manufacturing features. EAGLE stands for Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor and has been developed by CadSoft Computer GmbH.

3. KiCad EDA

KiCad is a free software suite for electronic design automation. It facilitates the design of schematics for electronic circuits and their conversion to PCB designs. KiCad was originally developed by Jean-Pierre Charras. It features an integrated environment for schematic capture and PCB layout design.

4. SolidWorks PCB

SolidWorks PCB enables the productivity you need to design Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) quickly along with unique collaboration between electrical and 3D mechanical design teams. It offers a clear advantage where ECAD (Electronic Computer-Aided Design) and MCAD (Mechanical Computer-Aided Design) collaboration is critical for the overall success of electronic product design.

5. OrCAD Capture

OrCAD Capture is one of the most widely used schematic design solutions for the creation and documentation of electrical circuits. OrCad is used for drawing electronic circuit schematics, providing a visual simulation framework to run SPICE simulations and drawing, designing, and routing printed circuit boards (PCBs).


All the above softwares are great for making PCBs, But the only thing is which one you prefer based on user interface and simplicity to make the designs.

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Shaswat Baruah

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