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TechSoft PCB V3

Printed Circuit Board Design & Manufacture

TechSoft PCB V3 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, DE-3E, etc., to engrave around the tracks, drill the holes and cut out the board, for a completely finished PCB.

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PCB Design

TechSoft PCB V3 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 included.

Links with 2D Design mean that design drawings may be used as templates, allowing accurate positioning of components on the board. Alternatively, TechSoft PCB V3 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.

PCB Manufacture
Electronic Dice PCB

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 SRM-20E, RotoCAMM, DE-3E, etc., or cutting a circuit from sticky backed copper foil using a STIKA, CAMM 1, etc.

Engraving PCBs
PCB on Machine

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!

Copper Foil PCBs
Copper Foil PCBs

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.

TechSoft PCB V3 Layers
Features
  • Shares a common user interface with education standard drawing package, 2D Design V2
  • Colour coded double layer boards, silk screen and schematic layers
  • Preset or user definable pads and tracks. Tracks may be drawn at any angle
  • No practical limit to size of board or
    component count
  • Comprehensive transformation commands, move, rotate, mirror image, copy and array
  • Editing mode allows single items, or groups, to be moved while maintaining connectivity
  • Comprehensive zoom facilities
  • User definable library items, allows whole circuits to be used as library items, thus enabling “system” circuit design
  • Opens 2D Design files allowing board profiles to be matched to enclosure design, component profiles to be incorporated into library items, etc.
  • Graphical output via Windows printer drivers
  • Manufacturing output to Roland CNC Machines
  • Multiple Undos / Redos.
System Requirements

  • Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10
  • Internet Connection (Standalone and Home Use Licence)
  • Networked Computers (Network Licence)

Licencing Information
Single User Licence
One single user licence allows two computers to be activated simultaneously. This is typically for individual users who might find the ability to run the software in two locations advantageous. To allow budgeting flexibility, a Single User Licence can be purchased either on a 1 year or 3 year subscription basis, or it can be bought outright with no expiry date. (Software on subscription will only run whilst the subscription is active.)

N.B. Internet connectivity is required at installation and periodically thereafter for licence verification.
Network Licence
The network licence allows an unlimited number of networked computers to be used on any one site. It also provides for four standalone computers (not connected to the network) on the same site. These might commonly be used for driving CAD/CAM equipment. To allow budgeting flexibility, a Network Licence can be purchased either on a 1 year or 3 year subscription basis, or it can be bought outright with no expiry date. (Software on subscription will only run whilst the subscription is active.)

N.B. Internet connectivity is required for the “server” computer at installation and periodically thereafter for licence verification. All client computers must have connectivity to the “server” computer.
Home Use Licence
This allows students, teachers or other employees, who are working/studying at one site, to use the full version of the software on laptops/home computers. This typically allows students to develop projects in their own time, prepare for examinations, etc. It also allows staff to prepare and mark work off site. A Home Use Licence can only be purchased on a 1 year or 3 year subscription basis and the software will only run whilst the subscription is active. Home Use Licences are normally supplied in conjunction with a Network licence. However, a Home Use Licence can be supplied without a Network Licence if a Home Use Licence Setup fee is paid.

N.B. Internet connectivity is required at installation and periodically thereafter for licence verification.
Upgrade Discount
Current 2D PCB V2 Site licence holders and Site + Student licence holders can obtain a discount. A larger discount is applied if purchasing the Network Licence outright.
Updates to V3
Any updates to V3 will be provided free of charge to all active licence holders.
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