Among the plethora of Web-based PCB design software tools, PCBWeb Designer has managed to find a place of its own and offer a completely free and professional high-end application for engineers to design, draw, and order electronics hardware. The program covers the entire process, from schematics to PCB, and from electronic components to ordering your boards online to top PCB manufacturers.
The entire process takes place in the cloud, though your projects and data will be saved locally to guarantee your business’ privacy. Alternatively, you can decide to make your project “global” and share it with collaborators around the world in a safe and convenient way, disclosing your design only to those previously invited by you.
Both the schematics and the PCB “drawing boards” that the program offers are clean and intuitive. Ease of use is one of the program’s main aims, though you will need to be a professional electronics engineer/designer to be able to find a tool like PCBWeb Designer “easy to use”. The schematic environment will let you design multi-sheet projects in a free environment. The program will try to predict what you want to draw and will help you in that task. It will also let you use an extensive list of keyboard shortcuts or design your own. The program connects with a 100,000+ Digi-Key catalog with all the electronic components you may need for your design. When hovering over one of these components you will be given a comprehensive set of data about that specific object, including the vendor, its RoHS compliance, composition, operating temperature, the power in Watts, or its resistance in Ohms, among others.
From the schematic design, you can move directly to the board layout. The program will “translate” your schematics into true board designs, and will detect any errors that might result in a faulty board, allowing you to correct them easily and efficiently. Once you are happy with the results, you can order your components or the entire board online to a set of reputed vendors, such as Viasystems or KingBrother. You can view a comprehensive BOM (Bill of Materials) based on the Digi-Key catalog, complete with the price per unit, the quantity available, and the description. You will also get a full summary of your board order, which you can also place online without leaving the program.
PCBWeb Designer offers you a comprehensive electronics design environment complete with online order and cloud storage services. This zero-cost software tool gives you the necessary level of flexibility to fit all your privacy and sharing requirements, while boosting your company’s efficiency.
- Neat drawing board and high-contrast layout.
- Cloud-based design tool.
- Projects are saved locally for higher privacy.
- Can be shared online with other collaborators.
- Supports Gerber output.
- Stores all data in XML.
- No compatibility with other CAD designs.