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Hey all,

      I have CAD software for designing electronic circuits, but I am somewhat at a loss for CAD for electrical circuits.  I am trying out Design Spark from RS components, but its a bit of a steep learning curve, and was wondering if anyone has used something in the past they like, and could recommend.

 

Thanks

Jim

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I have no clue what "Electronic Design Software" might do. I rely on LTspice plus brain.

 

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ka7ehk wrote:
I have no clue what "Electronic Design Software" might do.

 

Pardon?

 

Jim

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I think he mean he wants to draw autocad-style building or automotive harness electrical dwg rather than circuit-board style schematic?

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avrcandies wrote:
electrical dwg rather than circuit-board style schematic?

 

Correct!

 

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I've been using Eagle Electrical design software for many years, using the free (restricted) version.

 

Large user community.

It serves my purpose and I've overcome some of the learning curve.

 

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Well, thats more for pcb circuitry (Eagle requires parts to be pcb pinned components??), not for a hospital power system.  Maybe Eagle offers the correct libraries??? I could see that since Autocad (Eagle parent) makes an electrical version of Autocad

 

take a look at SKYCAD

 

here is a fridge (this is not skycad)   ... a non PCB wiring diagram

 

here is a skycad harness

 

motor wiring 

 

 

 

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To me, schematic capture is just a way of visualizing what you have designed.  In other words, first, there is design, then you capture it in the form of a schematic.

 

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I talked it over with the end user of the prints and they are going to purchase AutocadLT which has electrical capture capability and it being a DWG file, is an industry standard oh, with regards to EAGLE....I HATE that software mess.

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jgmdesign wrote:
oh, with regards to EAGLE....I HATE that software mess

 

I don't much care for it either, but it's free!

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To me, schematic capture is just a way of visualizing what you have designed.  In other words, first, there is design, then you capture it in the form of a schematic.

Well, yes & no-- in fact this just came up with a customer last week.  Classic Eagle isn't so well suited for drawing things that are non-pcb, like a harness that goes from your taillight to the dimmer switch...since those connectors don't have a PCB footprint .(they can't even go on a PCB), they are in a separate world, from the CAD perspective.  For example, Eagle has a PCB barrel jack, but nothing for the mating plug on the end of a cable. 

 

 

a few comments from the web:

We use Visio. God I hate Visio. It does have a decent electrical symbol library, though, so it's okay for quick & dirty.

We are starting to use SolidWorks Electrical schematics. This is only the interconnect part of their electronics layout tools. We have a separate dedicated PCB layout program so this is for routing wiring through our machines.

. On Wikipedia, they use Inkscape and have a drawing of standard components that they copy&paste into their schematic.

A pcb drafting tool will let you do some simulation along with it, but typically do not produce great wiring documentation.

Believe it or not, we use Microsoft Visio for wiring diagrams. Super easy to work with, easy to color code wires, snap-to points, straight lines, and simple.

 

 

Here is an example of what Eagle really doesn't seem to  do  (or is a kludge)

 

NOW FOR THE WINNER AND FREE FREE FREE   https://qelectrotech.org/

 

 

 

   

 

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I used Visio to do some equipment wiring diagrams; it was not much fun; I tried to get Eagle to do them (that mostly failed, but it was okay for PCB schematics). I used Autocad to do them back in the dinosaur days, that works, but every place you go has their preference. At one outfit, I tried Solidworks, which in my opinion, had too much of a learning curve; I have already forgotten everything. QElectroTech looks interesting.

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Thanks avrcandles, very interesting software!

Wayne

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jgmdesign wrote:

oh, with regards to EAGLE....I HATE that software mess

mike32217 wrote:
I don't much care for it either, but it's free!

Is it? I thought they'd stopped that?

 

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Well, EAGLE itself may be free - but you need a "Fusion 360 for personal use subscription"

 

 

So that's free for non-commercial use:

 

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jgmdesign wrote:
they are going to purchase AutocadLT

My goodness - I didn't realise AutocadLT was still available, having used it some 30 years ago.

 

It was a crippled toy program back then, but this seems to still be the case: I admit I only spent a few minutes looking it over, but crucially, did notice it doesn't support BOM creation. For that you need it's big brother: Autocad + Electrical Toolset; or of course back where you started; Designspark-Electrical.

 

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N.Winterbottom wrote:
My goodness - I didn't realise AutocadLT was still available, having used it some 30 years ago.

 

I remember using AutocadLT back then myself for a couple of small things. It definitely has a good heritage.

 

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