Preface to Printed circuit board design using AutoCAD by Chris Schroeder
This book is about printed circuit board (PCB) design using AutoCAD . Unlike the hundreds of books written about mechanical and architectural applications of AutoCAD, this is the first one that covers PCB applications . Printed Circuit Board Design Using AutoCAD was written in recognition of the fact that many companies use AutoCAD for this purpose because their requirements do not justify the acquisition cost and learning curve associated with specialized PCB design software. Printed Circuit Board Design Using AutoCAD also covers the subject o f schematic drafting with AutoCAD and surface mount technology. The book is organized into a series of tutorial exercises, preceded by an introductory chapter that gives an overview of PCB manufacturing technology and design techniques. The tutorial exercises focus on specific projects : schematic drafting, designing single sided, double sided, and surface mount PCBs, and importing PCB design related data into AutoCAD from other systems. Each tutorial contains a mix of theory and practice .
The disk that accompanies Printed Circuit Board Design Using AutoCAD contains the Auto PADS conversion utilities and sample files for the tutorial exercises . The Auto PADS utilities allow bidirectional transfer of Gerber format photoplotter dat a and Excellon format numerical control (NC) drill data from AutoCAD. The Auto PADS utilities also allow input of HPGL (Hewlett-Packard Graphic s Language) data from other computer aided design systems into AutoCAD . Gerber and Excellon formats are industry standards for the data that board manufacturer s expect to receive . Printed Circuit Board Design Using AutoCAD places particular emphasis on creating data and documentation that meet current industry standards.
Certain prerequisites exist for the use and understanding of the material presented in this book. The reader is assumed to be familiar with AutoCAD and have some knowledge of electronics and schematic drafting. Printed Circuit Board Design Using AutoCAD is not intended to be an introductory text for someone who ha s never used AutoCAD. Some degree of PC and DOS literacy is also required . In order to complete the tutorial exercises, the reader will require a minimum 486 class PC with AutoCAD Release 12 or 13 or AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 and a n attached inkjet or laser printer compatible with AutoCAD . A color inkjet printer such as the Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 850 series is highly recommended .
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