How to Design Your Own PCB – From Basic Layout Tips to Final Artwork
Step 1 - Prepare the Circuit Schematic
- Use EDA software like Eagle, KiCad, OrCAD, Altium etc. for drawing schematics.
- Arrange components neatly with digital parts on left and analog parts on right.
- Name each component, wire, and net as per a systematic naming convention.
- Group related components together with supply rails to make areas of the schematic.
- Add test points, debug LEDs, pull-up/pull-down resistors as needed.
- Connect any off-board components, connectors, cables in the schematic.
- Simulate and verify the schematic for functionality before PCB layout.