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KiCAD - a Free CAD software

February 9th, 2013

Professional CAD software come expensive. Even the entry level schematics capture plus the PCB design software can cost at least $5K. And if you add desirable options it can go anywhere north of $10K.

And the reason is - the professional CAD software takes lot of effort in development and testing. They also need to make sure that it complies to the industry standard. Since the number of new license sales are low, they have to increase the price to recover investment.

So what if you can not afford the price for your small project. Or for that matter if you are toying with the idea of a start up ? Fortunately, there are open source alternatives) available. KiCAD is one such software with complete source code and is available for Windows as well as Linux.

For the benefit of the readers we have started looking at KiCAD more closely. We have started putting together a free KiCAD tutorial. Over the period of next couple of weeks we will be exploring the details of KiCAD and will bring to you all a tutorial that you can follow to design your first board - without paying a dime for the CAD software like PADS router or Allegro. Here are the first four pages of the tutorial so far.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4

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