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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 manufacturing. Additional PCB manufacturing resources for course-related projects are also available to ECE students from the University.
This event is usually held every Fall and Winter semester, based on demand.
Downloads & Resources
The following downloads are intended for participants who have already attended the tutorial. These materials were last updated on 5 February 2015.
- PowerPoint Presentation: As shown at the beginning of the workshop, containing an overview of the theoretical background. PCB technology and materials, component packages (through-hole vs. surface-mount), PCB design software, component selection & placement, routing techniques, manufacturing considerations.
- Tutorial notes (PDF): Notes taken during the 4 February 2015 tutorial. Contains a full summary of the workshop portion of the tutorial (using DipTrace to go from schematic capture to completed PCB).
- Tutorial materials (ZIP) containing: incomplete DipTrace schematic & PCB. For use during the workshop or later practice.
- Reference materials (ZIP) containing: tips on building/soldering the Alarm Module circuit, list of components, DipTrace schematic & PCB design files, gerber files, project ideas using the Alarm Module.
- Dave Jones's PCB Design Tutorial (PDF, external link): a detailed document that discusses basic PCB design techniques and "good practices" in depth.
Most Recent Workshop
- Time: Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
- Location: EV 2.184 (Engineering and Visual Arts building, 2nd floor)
- Cost: $10 per person (Pre-purchase: ECA Office, H-838, Hall building 8th floor; at the door: if seats available)
- Materials provided: A kit containing our PCB design and all the parts needed to build it.
- Seats: 25
What to Bring
The workshop is a Bring Your Own Laptop event. Please install DipTrace for Windows, Linux (WINE) and Mac OSX before the workshop. You cannot use a library laptop.
All other 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 also offers a separate soldering workshop.