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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The detailed descriptions of commands are excellent but you need to be reasonably familiar with the tools before this becomes meaningful.

Tutorials on Cadence OrCAD Capture, PSpice and PCB Designer

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. Here is my rather long-winded tutorial for students who cadenve never used these applications before. Suggestions for improving them would of course be welcome too.

This introduction guides you through two simple designs and is followed by a list of slightly more advanced techniques. The tutorial was originally written for version cadnece An excellent book was published in on this software: We also require guide holes in the pads for the drill, which requires specially modified padstacks.


This solves the common problem of students who create the wrong type of project. The tutorial is based on my introductory course on PCB design. However, instructors will be delighted to hear that the type of project can be changed in version It uses OrCAD Most people are probably not interested in the extra material but here is the handout for completeness.

The main difference between the two is the way in which the padstacks are modified to get guide holes for the drill. Many good introductions to Capture and PSpice can be found on the web and in textbooks.

Please send me a note if you find them useful and that might encourage me to keep them up to date! 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!

The biggest alteration in the interface is the Place Part dialog box, which has become a pop-out panel. I teach several courses that use different applications in the Cadence OrCAD suite and have collected the handouts here.


I have not yet updated it for version It is far more comprehensive and authoritative than my tutorials, listed below. A few minor points are already out of date because the author uses version I recommend this strongly. Right-click on a design file with extension.

Tutorials on OrCAD

It covers the general principles of designing a PCB, including a lot of useful reference material, as well as the software itself. It has been updated for version This behaviour can be changed with an option in the Miscellaneous tab of the Preferences dialog box. We use a local library of footprints that includes extra large pads to make assembly easier for inexperienced students.

Please send me a note if you would like a copy of the local library of footprints mentioned above. I cademce updated it for versions There are few changes in dadence beyond version