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Originally intended for students enrolled in Capstone and Mini-Capstone project courses wanting to avoid unprofessional breadboard circuits, the PCB Design Workshop introduces participants to techniques for the design of real-world printed circuit boards. Topics covered will include the component selection process, schematic capture, schematic-to-layout conversion, component placement, and routing strategies. After completing the workshop, participants will have a working knowledge of common PCB design software and the ability to produce board layouts in the format commonly required by fabrication houses.
Following the workshop, participants wishing to have their designs manufactured can do so either by chemical etching (at the IEEE Concordia lab) or by submitting the design to a fabrication house for professional CNC manufacturing. Additional PCB manufacturing resources for course-related projects are also available to ECE students from the University.
Price and Location
The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, January 30th, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at the SGW campus in room EV 2.184 (located on the second floor of the Engineering and Visual Arts building). Tickets will be available in advance for a fee of $10 per ticket, with the entry fee used to cover the costs of certain materials provided for attendees and other event logistics costs. Tickets are available from the ECA office on the 8th floor of the Hall building.
What to Bring
The workshop is a "Bring Your Own Laptop" event, since AITS and IITS computer labs do not allow the installation of the PCB layout software to be used. The software is, however, available free of charge for non-profit use: DipTrace for Windows and Apple (Mac OS X). Please make sure to download and install the software in advance. For those running Linux on their laptop, KiCad can be used as a substitute, although the instructions will be slightly different — KiCad users are strongly advised to read the software's user manual before the workshop. If you don't have a laptop/notebook available, you may be able to borrow one from the library at Concordia. Please verify the exact borrowing hours allowed with library staff ahead of the event.
Other than the laptops, all workshop supplies will be provided by IEEE Concordia.
Participants should have a basic knowledge of electrical circuits and fundamental principles such as Ohm's Law. While knowledge of electronics and digital systems design may be useful when applying the knowledge gained from the workshop, neither topic is critical for understanding the workshop material itself.
Any participants wishing to assemble their own boards following the tutorial should generally have a basic knowledge of soldering techniques; this knowledge is not needed for the tutorial itself. IEEE Concordia offers a separate tutorial on soldering for those interested.
The presentation slides from the Fall tutorial have been made available for download.