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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Tutorials on Cadence OrCAD Capture, PSpice and PCB Designer

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 main difference between the two is the way in which the padstacks are modified to get guide holes for the drill. Here is my rather long-winded tutorial for students who have never used these applications before. It uses OrCAD Please send me a note if you would like a copy of the local library of footprints mentioned above.


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

I teach several courses that use different applications in the Cadence OrCAD suite and have collected the handouts here. We also require guide holes in the pads for the drill, which requires specially modified padstacks. I have updated it for versions A few minor points are already out of date because the author uses version It covers the general principles of designing a PCB, including a lot of useful reference material, as well as the software itself.

Tutorials on OrCAD

It has been updated for version It is far more comprehensive and authoritative than my tutorials, listed below. Right-click on a design file with extension.

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

This solves the common problem of students who create the wrong type of project. We use a local library of footprints that includes extra large pads to make assembly easier for inexperienced students.


The tutorial is based on my introductory course on PCB design. The tutorial was originally written cxdence version This behaviour can be changed with an option in the Miscellaneous tab of the Preferences dialog box. However, instructors will be delighted to hear that the type of project can tutorila changed in version The biggest alteration in the interface is the Place Part dialog box, which has become a pop-out panel.

Suggestions for improving them would of course be welcome too.

An excellent book was published in on this software: Most people are probably not interested in the extra material but here is the handout for completeness. There are few changes in functionality beyond version I have not yet updated it for version This introduction guides you through two simple designs and is followed by a list of slightly more advanced techniques. The detailed descriptions of commands are excellent but you need to be reasonably familiar with the tools before this becomes meaningful.