Introductory tutorials on Cadence OrCAD Capture, PSpice and PCB Designer ( PCB Editor) It uses OrCAD , the latest version at the end of I have not yet updated this document for version The main body is a tutorial that guides you through the layout of two simple PCBs. First The Cadence OrCAD PCB Designer suite comprises three main applications. PSPICE tutorial: a simple DC circuit. We will learn some of the basic maneuvers of using the Cadence schematic capture program and. PSPice engine through a .

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We use a local library of footprints that includes extra large pads to make assembly easier for inexperienced students. Right-click on a design file with extension.

Tutorials on Cadence OrCAD Capture, PSpice and PCB Designer

The main difference between the two is the way in which the padstacks are modified to get guide holes for the drill. Unfortunately the tutorials that come with PCB Designer are fairly limited, given the complexity of the software, and it is not easy for newcomers to navigate around the documentation.

An excellent book was published in on this software: It covers the general principles of designing a PCB, including a lot of useful reference material, as well as the software itself.


Many good introductions to Capture and PSpice can be found on the web and in textbooks. I have updated it for versions However, instructors will be delighted to hear that the type of project can be changed in version This introduction guides you through 16.

simple designs and is followed by a list of slightly more advanced techniques. There are few changes in functionality beyond version I have not yet updated it for version Please send me a note if you find them useful and that might encourage me to keep them up to date!

This behaviour can be changed with an option in the Miscellaneous tab of the Preferences dialog box. I teach several courses that use different applications in the Cadence OrCAD suite and have collected tutroial handouts here.

Suggestions for improving them would of course orcar welcome too.

The tutorial is based on my introductory course on PCB design. Here is my rather long-winded tutorial for students who have never used these applications orxad.

Tutorials on OrCAD

This solves the common problem of students who create the wrong type of project. The tutorial was originally caeence for version The detailed descriptions of commands are excellent but you need to be reasonably familiar with the tools before this becomes meaningful. The biggest alteration in the interface is the Place Part dialog box, which has become a pop-out panel. It is far more comprehensive futorial authoritative than my tutorials, listed below.


Most PCBs for students are made in-house using photomasks printed directly from PCB Editor; this needs considerable manipulation of the colours and visibility because PCB Editor was not designed for such an old-fashioned process!

Please send me a note if you would like a copy of the local library of footprints mentioned above.

I recommend this strongly. We also require guide holes in the pads for the drill, which requires specially modified padstacks. It uses OrCAD A few minor points are already out of date because the author uses version Most people are probably not interested in the extra material but here is the handout for completeness.

It has been updated for version