PCB Layout Software
Our ExpressPCB circuit board layout program is a snap to learn and use. Laying out PCBs is easy, even for the first time user. Here are the steps:
Select the Components – Begin your layout by adding the components. Select the parts from the Component Manager dialog box. Many components (such as connectors) include Digi-key part numbers to make ordering easy.
Position the Components – Drag each component to the desired location on your board. The Snap to grid feature makes it easy to neatly align the parts.
Add the Traces – Now add each trace by clicking on the pin of a component and dragging the trace to another pin. If you link your schematic file to the PCB, then the ExpressPCB program highlights the pins that should be wired together in blue.
See Tips for making PC boards for more help on board layout.
Edit the Layout – Making changes is simple using standard commands such as Copy, Cut and Paste. Rearrange the parts by dragging them with the mouse. Traces always stay connected to their pins, even when you move things around.
You can set the properties of items in your layout by double-clicking on them. For example, double-click on a trace to change its layer or width.
Order your PCBs – After you complete your layout, the ExpressPCB program tells you exactly how much it costs to have the boards made. Then order them online using the Order boards via the Internet command.
Learn how simple it is to order in: How It All Works
Download ExpressPCB for XP, 2000 , NT, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
1. Download the setup program.
The ExpressPCBSetup program includes both ExpressSCH for drawing schematics and ExpressPCB for circuit board layout. Download the setup program below.
2. Easy to install.
After downloading, run the ExpressPCBSetup program. Our installation program is very straightforward, but if for any reason you have trouble, please send us a note.
3. Quick start guides get you going fast.
Our software is very simple to use! Even so, we suggest that you quickly read our two short Quick Start Guides. Look in the Help menu of the ExpressSCH program for the Quick Start Guide on drawing schematics. For circuit board design, read the Quick Start Guide found with the ExpressPCB program.
4. Tips for the first time designer.
If you are a beginner to PC board layout, we also suggest that you look over our Tips for Making PC Boards web page.