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 +====== Intro to Eagle ======
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 +Eagle is a program that you can use to make printed circuit boards.
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 +It uses a visual format which is similar to, but not quite the same as, how you would normally draw circuit diagrams. It has a lot of snazzy features which make it very desirable for hacker/diy sorta people:
 +  * You can get a legit copy for free right here: http://​www.cadsoftusa.com/​download-eagle/?​language=en
 +  * There is a decent community and lots of free parts libraries here: http://​www.cadsoftusa.com/​downloads/​libraries/​
 +  * It has a very nice output system that lets you customize production files easily
 +  * It is fully scriptable if you decide you want to learn the ulp language. Doc here: http://​www.cadsoftusa.com/​downloads/​file/​ulp640_en.pdf
 +  * It runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux.
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 +===== About the class =====
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 +  * Class should be 2-3 hours
 +  * By the end, you should be able to build and export basic schematics and board layouts
 +  * Instructor will provide some Rules and Gerber settings that you can use with most fabricators
 +  * Afterward, you should have enough confidence to explore the rest yourself
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 +
 +===== Topics Covered: =====
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 +  * Turning circuit diagrams into Eagle schematic files
 +  * Creating layouts (board files) from Eagle schematics
 +  * Building custom parts
 +  * Creating text and marks
 +  * Outputting production files (Gerbers)
 +  * A few clever tricks for this and that
 +  * Avoiding a few things that will make you angry
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 +
 +===== Materials required: =====
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 +  * A computer running Cadsoft Eagle.
 +  * A circuit diagram to work on. (optional)
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 +Eagle is not hard to learn, but it is kind of tedious at first. Trying to figure it out by yourself is really annoying, but with just a little help, everything goes a lot more smoothly.
  
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