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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I have not yet updated it for version I have updated it for versions I teach several courses that use different applications in the Cadence OrCAD suite and have collected the handouts here. We use a local library of footprints that includes extra large pads to make assembly easier for inexperienced students.

Many good introductions to Capture and PSpice can be found on the web and in textbooks.

It is far more comprehensive and authoritative than my tutorials, listed below. The detailed descriptions of commands are excellent but you need to be reasonably familiar with the tools before this becomes meaningful.


The tutorial is based on my introductory course on PCB design.

Please send me a note if you would like a copy of the local library of footprints mentioned above. Right-click on a design file with extension.

The biggest alteration in the interface is the Place Part dialog box, which has become a pop-out panel. Most people are probably not interested in the extra material but here is the handout for completeness.

Tutorials on OrCAD

It has been updated for version This behaviour can be changed with an option in the Miscellaneous tab of the Preferences dialog box. Unfortunately the tutorials that come with PCB Designer are fairly limited, given the complexity of the software, and it is not easy for acdence to navigate around the documentation.

There are few changes in functionality beyond version An excellent book was published in on this software: I recommend this strongly. Please send me a note if you find them useful and that might encourage me to keep them up to date!

Tutorials on Cadence OrCAD Capture, PSpice and PCB Designer

The tutorial was originally written for version It covers the general principles of designing a PCB, including a lot of useful reference material, cavence well as the software itself. Here is my rather long-winded tutorial for students who have never used these applications before.


Suggestions for improving them would of course be welcome too. We also require guide holes in the pads for the drill, which requires specially modified padstacks. The main difference between the two is the way in which the padstacks are modified to get guide holes for the drill.

This solves the common problem of students who create the wrong 165. of project.

However, instructors will be delighted to hear that the type of project can be changed in version This introduction guides you through two simple designs and is followed by a list of slightly more advanced techniques. A few minor points are already out of date because the author uses version Most PCBs for students are made in-house using photomasks printed directly from Cxdence Editor; this needs considerable manipulation of the colours and visibility because PCB Editor was not designed for such an old-fashioned process!

It uses OrCAD