2D PCB is effectively two programs in one package.
Firstly, a very simple to use PCB design package,
developed specifically for the needs of education and secondly, a PCB
manufacturing system. The system allows the use of a STIKA,
CAMM 1, VersaSTUDIO
or TrueVIS to cut out the tracks in sticky backed copper foil, or the use of
a SRM-20E, RotoCAMM, EGX-350E, etc., to engrave around the tracks,
drill the holes and cut out the board, for a completely finished PCB.
2D PCB provides a convenient and professional method of designing
printed circuit boards and drawing schematics. Although a very
comprehensive system, the most important design consideration for our
software writers, has been to make it easy to use and accessible to
students. It is ideal for both simple single-sided PCBs, and complex
double-sided boards. A library facility allows standard component
libraries (supplied) to be used. Alternatively, user defined components,
or even whole circuits, may be saved as library items. Thus it is possible to create small system
boards which may easily be loaded and “joined” together to form complete
circuits. A large selection of pre-drawn “Alpha” circuit modules is
Links with 2D Design mean that design drawings may be used as templates,
allowing accurate positioning of components on the board. Alternatively,
2D PCB drawings may be transferred to 2D Design to use in designing the
enclosure, fascia, packaging and publicity material.
The track and pad data in a PCB drawing is recognised and preserved when
transferred into 2D Design V2 – and vice versa. This compatibility
means maximum flexibility for complete electronic product design.
Conventional school PCB manufacture has been fraught with problems. Now TechSoft have devised
clean, quick and simple solutions using manufacturing machines already widely available and proven in schools.
Look at the advantages:
NO “Bridging” of tracks due to faulty etching.
NO Dangerous chemicals and messy etch tanks.
NO Chemical disposal problems.
NO Multi-stage manufacturing processes.
NO Expensive photo etch board.
NO Guessing exposure times (and getting it wrong!).
The software allows two basic manufacturing strategies, engraving onto conventional PCB board using a
EGX-350E, etc., or cutting a circuit from sticky backed copper foil using a STIKA,
CAMM 1, etc.
A piece of PCB board is placed on the machine bed, and the Make PCB
option is selected. The machine will then automatically engrave the tracks,
drill the holes, and cut out the board. This is a quick, clean and reliable
process (eg., a typical simple 555 based circuit should take no more than a
couple of minutes to complete on a RotoCAMM). Virtually any circuit design
can be manufactured with this process. It is even possible to put tracks
between DIL pads!
This process, developed by TechSoft, uses a
self-adhesive copper foil (Cutronics). This fits into any Roland vinyl
cutter and cuts just like vinyl. When weeded, the circuit can be applied
to any suitable substrate such as plastic sheet, wood or card. (If card
is used it is possible to make bendy, even “roll up” circuits).
This process is ideally suited to simple circuits with larger pads and
tracks, a marvellous introduction to PCB manufacture.
A Site Licence allows a school/college to install the software on any number of computers on the school site.
A Student Licence allows a school/college to distribute a special
non-output version of the software to students and teachers for home
use. Students will be able to save work for output back at school.
Schools may choose to charge a nominal amount per student, to recoup
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10.
Microsoft recommended minimum hardware specification advised.
Network compatible (site licence only).
In order to avoid software theft, the software is encrypted with the
name of the licensed user, typically the name of a person, or the
name of an individual establishment.
When ordering please state:
a) Name of licensed user/site (max 28 characters, including spaces).
b) Address for site licence if appropriate.