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.
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
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.
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.
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.