Proprietary PCB Software: The Catch of Free Design Tools

You don’t have to look far to find a PCB fabrication house that offers a free design package as an incentive. On the surface, these packages seem to be a great deal. They boast features that include extensive part libraries, integrated design schematics, and easy-to-use board creation wizards. And instead of paying hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars for your design software, you pay nothing.

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Musing: What Could You do With Four Days?

Sometimes when you are working so close to something it’s easy to lose sight of the little things that matter. That’s how I felt when I stumbled upon a survey LPKF ran in 2012.

Circulated amongst LPKF in-house PCB prototyping users, 86.5% of the poll’s respondents stated they save four days or more per project when compared to their experiences with outsourced PCB prototyping methods. FOUR days! That’s a lot of time!

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