Learn to Create Circuit Boards
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Learn to Create Circuit Boards

Learn how to create cheap circuit boards from any schematic you can find using the freely available Eagle software.
4.6 (36 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
499 students enrolled
Created by Oyvind Nydal Dahl
Last updated 5/2013
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of the course, you will be able to create a real Printed Circuit Board (PCB) from any schematic you can get your hands on
  • In this course, you will learn to create schematics and design circuit boards in Eagle and to get your circuit boards made
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  • Basic computer skills like installing new programs
  • A basic understanding of what electronics is

This course will take you through the process of designing a printed circuit board (PCB) in Eagle. We will start with finding schematics for a circuit, then learn how to draw the circuit into Eagle, how to design a circuit board and how to get your design manufactured on the cheap.

The course is based around video tutorials with screenshots of the whole process.

You should take this course to overcome the seemingly big hurdle of creating circuit boards so that you can finally start creating all those cool circuit ideas you have been thinking about for so long.

Who is the target audience?
  • People with limited knowledge of electronics
  • People with limited knowledge of how to create a circuit board in practice
  • People who want to brush up on their basic circuit board design skills
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
The fundamentals
9 Lectures 21:57
An introduction to the course explaining what a circuit board is and what we will learn in this course.
Preview 01:46

A walk-trough of the most common symbols found in schematic diagrams.
Preview 03:17

In this lectures we will look at where to find schematics.
Preview 03:30

There are many software solutions for designing circuit boards. Here we will look at a few of them.
Preview 01:35

In this course we will use Eage. Here is an introduction to this program.
Introduction to Eagle

About the component libraries in Eagle and where to find more.
Component libraries in Eagle

What is the difference between surface mount and through hole components?
SMD vs through-hole

Choosing components can sometimes be confusing when you are starting out. Here we'll look at how to do that.
How to choose components

Where can you by components for your projects?
Where to buy components

The fundamentals
4 questions
Creating a circuit board
5 Lectures 35:18
In this lecture we will draw a schematic diagram in Eagle.
How to draw schematics in Eagle

In this lecture we will draw a circuit board in Eagle.
How to design a circuit board

Gerber files are needed for getting your board made by a manufacturer. Here is how you create Gerber files.
How to create Gerber files

Here we will look at an example of how to order cheap prototypes of your circuit board design.
Example: How to order cheap prototypes

A short summary of what we have learned.
Preview 01:23

Creating a circuit board
1 question
Bonus Material
3 Lectures 24:24
Learn how to design a ground plane in Eagle.
How to create a ground plane

The autorouter can be a useful tool. Learn how to use it combined with net classes.
How to use the autorouter to automatically route your board

Sometimes you just can't find the component you need in Eagle. Then you need to design it yourself. Here is how.
How to design your own components
About the Instructor
Oyvind Nydal Dahl
4.6 Average rating
36 Reviews
499 Students
1 Course
Practical Electronics Made Simple

I was born in Lillehammer, Norway in 1984, and I am currently living in Oslo, Norway.

My interest in electronic circuits started when I was around 14 years old. One day I started thinking about how you could make a light blink. The curiosity started to grow in me and I just had to figure it out. In such a situation it was good to have a father with electronics experience.

And that’s how my journey in electronics began. Throughout my teens I kept trying to build stuff. I remember going to the library on Saturdays and just read lots of books on electronics. 

It wasn’t long before I discovered that I could find schematics online. That was just amazing! Suddenly it was possible to build all kinds of cool stuff.

I went on to study electronics and computer science at the University of Oslo from 2004. I learned lots of theory, but there was almost no practical work. It wasn’t until my third year that I actually got to build a real circuit without using a breadboard!

After I finished my Master’s degree in Microelectronics I started an electronics company where I served as the CEO for three years before I decided that it was not what I wanted to do.

During that time I learned a lot about how to solder, how to debug a circuit, how to get circuit boards made and lots of other hands-on experience of building electronic circuits on a budget.

Now I am dedicated to teach the world how to build electronic circuits. My aim is to teach practical skills in the simplest possible way.