Circuit Board Design

Circuit board design


PCB Artist® Circuit Board Design Software is Easy to Use and Has a Built-In Library of 500k Parts

Learn more about the benefits of Advanced Circuits' free circuit board design software

About PCB Artist

Circuit Board Design Resources 

Advanced Circuits, North America's top 3 largest circuit board manufacturer, is a pioneer in providing design engineers with top of the line tools to design, check, and order printed circuit boards.  For over 25 years, Advanced Circuits has been a leader in proving quickturn circuit board manufacturing for all markets; from the simplest circuit board design , to the most complex and demanding requirements.

Our advanced circuit board manufacturing capabilities include:

  • Heavy Copper (up to 20 oz)
  • Up to 40 Layer Boards
  • Via-In-Pad
  • Sequential Lamination
  • Blind & Buried Vias
  • Cavity Boards

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Circuit Board Design Tools from Advanced Circuits

Advanced Circuits offers two powerful tools to help engineers with their circuit board design process; FreeDFM and PCB Artist.  PCB Artist is a highly capable circuit board design software that is free and easy to learn.  Our FreeDFM online tool helps design engineers in their final step of circuit board design by finding possible the manufacturability issues before fabrication.

Free Circuit Board Design Software

The full circuit board design software is available to everyone at not cost and does not require any sort of paid subscriptions.  Unlike many of the free circuit board designs software available online, PCB Artist is supported by a leading PCB manufacturer with live tech support.  The software also makes it easy to place your PCB fabrication order within the program knowing that it will produce the necessary files for manufacturing with Advanced Circuits.

PCB Artist features include:

  • Multi-Page Schematics
  • Controlled Auto-Router
  • Up to 28 Copper Layers
  • Native Eagle Import
  • Library of 500K Part
  • In-Software Quotes

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Circuit Board Design Pre-Order Check

Advanced Circuits offers FreeDFM, a free online tool that checks your circuit board design for any manufacturability issues within minutes.  FreeDFM sends you a detailed report of any possible  manufacturability issues found in the circuit board design.  Knowing about these issues ahead of time will help you avoid production holds after the order is placed .  The FreeDFM report also includes a discount code for up to $100 dollars off your next PCB fabrication order.  FreeDFM checks for:

Complete ZIP Files

  1. Gerber file for each copper layer
  2. Gerber file for each soldermask layer
  3. Gerber file for each silkscreen layer
  4. Excellon or Gerber drill file

Inner Plane Layers

  1. Spacing
  2. Trace width
  3. Annular ring
  4. Inner clearance (drill to feature)
  5. Thermal reduction

Outer Layers

  1. Spacing
  2. Trace width
  3. Annular ring


  1. Double hits
  2. Missing hits

Inner Signal Layers

  1. Spacing
  2. Trace width
  3. Annular ring
  4. Inner clearance (drill to feature)


  1. Undersized clearances
  2. Missing clearances


  1. Line width

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