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USING CIRCUIT WIZARD SOFTWARE TO PRODUCE A PCB MASK
 
V. Ryan 2005 - 2022
 
Circuit Wizard software is very powerful and allows the user to design and experiment with circuits, at a component level. When the circuit is designed and tested (simulated), it can be converted ready for PCB manufacture.
 
 
Example of circuit simulation using Circuit Wizard
 
 
 
The conversion to PCB layout can be achieved through a menu at the top of the screen (see below). Clicking on the PCB icon will take the user through a number of submenus, before converting the circuit diagram in to a PCB layout.
 
 
The video below, shows the PCB layout being put together. The software is usually completes the conversion 100%, although occasionally the conversion may require the software user to manually complete a couple of connections.
 
 
COMPLETED PCB CONVERSION USING PCB WIZARD
 
 
 
 

It is possible to construct a circuit totally using the PCB layout option, by selecting components from a series of menus and drawing the tracks connecting them. It can be used by both beginners and experts to produce accurate PCBs.

Circuit Wizard allows the circuit designer to view circuits in different ways. Normal and current views are shown below.

 
 
The 'artwork' layout is the most likely to be printed out on a transparency, ready for conversion to PCB. The real life layout style shows the PCB with its components. This is useful when arranging the components on the PCB, as the position of each can be check against a real life printed.

When the PCB layout is finished it is printed on a transparency and becomes known as a PCB mask. The PCB mask is transferred to the UV box, which is the next stage in the manufacture of a printed circuit board.
 
 
 
 

Advantages of using circuit and PCB software:
1. Circuits can be simulated on screen without the need to build a circuit on a breadboard with real components.
2. Errors can be corrected and alterations made to the circuit by simply replacing components from menus.
3. No soldering is needed, simply move components with a mouse.
4. Using simulation software is safer than soldering with hot soldering irons and avoids dangerous fumes being produced whilst soldering.

5. Once a PCB has been designed it can be printed onto transparencies repeatedly, all to the same high quality.
6. PCB layout software is more accurate than drawing a circuit by hand.

 

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