Altium Circuit Maker Tutorial

Circuit Maker

One of my professors asked me to make a video about Circuit Maker, a new PCB design software from Altium. It’s completely free, but it is cloud based. I’ve used Eagle, Diptrace, and Circuit Maker and they all have their strengths and weaknesses, but Circuit Maker is my favorite among the free software. Also, I think it would be the best for beginners, as it uses a ribbon-based user interface similar to the new Microsoft Office UI’s. The routing environment has a lot of the same features as Altium Designer, and it probably uses the same underlying code. It’s powerful, free, and easy to use. Dave Jones did a review of the software if you want to see his opinion on the software, business model ,etc.

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Testing a DC-DC Converter Module

DC.DCPNG

I needed a 5V rail for a project that would be sourcing current for a USB battery charger from a 12V wall adapter. At these kinds of loads (<= 1A) a linear voltage regulator like the LM7805 is impractical, as it has to drop a lot of voltage, and dissipate a lot of power. That’s why I opted to use a buck converter instead.

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