January 30, 2013

Fritzing - Veroboard and Breadboard design software

If you are looking for a free tool to create schematics and documentation for your prototypes, Fritzing may be right for you. It can also be used to created and manufacture PCBs from your design. Frtizing has three views that share and automatically update a netlist so that if a component or connection is made in one of the views it is also added in the other two. The views are called Breadboard, Schematic and PCB.

In the Breadboard view your design look and feel like physical objects. It has regular components like resistors, capacitors, inductors and ICs. It also has cables, Veroboard, Breadboard and blocks like an Arduino, sensors, servos, motors and many more.

The Schematic view is a traditional electronics schematics editor. As mentioned Fritzing has the most commonly used components and modules in the built in library but if your favorite part is missing it can easily be added. I added the JY-MCU Bluetooth module from my previous post by modifying an existing component within minutes.Download it here.

I felt that Fritzing is easy to use and learn. But it was not obvious to me how to cut the lines on a strip board. It turned out that it is quite simple, right click betweens the holes as illustrated with the arrow in the figure below.
I did not try the PCB design part at this time. Fritzing installer package are available for download from: http://fritzing.org

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