Course: OrCAD Capture CIS Tutorial for Beginners (with PCB Editor)

OrCAD Capture CIS Tutorial for Beginners (with PCB Editor)

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About this Course

Student Reviews

"If you would like to have a head start on Orcad schematic capture and PCB layout and don't have time or budget to take a 2-3 day training class which normally cost about at least $2000 dollars, this course will do. This course helped me tremendously with my real life project - I really appreciate the course - I'm glad I found it at the time when I need it the most. I strongly recommend this course!"

-- CD Dao

"Its good to learn the pspice simulation along with the pcb designing... Thank you"

-- Puneet Mugal


Have you been looking for the best tool to design simple electronics printed circuit boards for free? Even more so, have you tried learning OrCAD, but it was too hard to learn without help? Wouldn't it be great if there were short videos, created by experienced users, with tutorials on PCB and schematic design using Cadence's OrCAD software?

If you are looking for an in-depth walkthrough of the PCB design process and an introduction on how to use OrCAD Capture and PCB Editor, look no further. In this course you will use OrCAD Lite 17.2 to test out and learn the most important features of OrCAD Capture CIS, PSPICE and PCB Editor for free.

The Circuits You Will Be Designing

This introductory course shows you how to create 3 very simple printed circuit boards:

  • A small, 2-layer LED + Resistor circuit with 2 connectors
  • A 2-layer asynchronous multivibrator circuit with 2 transistors, 4 resistors, 2 capacitors, 2 LEDs, connectors, and test points
  • A 2-layer re-mixed version of the asynchronous multivibrator circuit that also includes a 555 timer chip and 3D modeling.

What I like about the above circuits is they have just the right amount of simplicity for you to focus on the electronics engineering design process. At the same time, the above circuit projects have enough variety to demonstrate most of the skills you need to create through-hole and surface-mount footprints and finish a standard PCB.

The Cadence OrCAD suite has everything you will need for PCB design, simulation and implementation of electronics designs.

Once you learn OrCAD, you can learn any other PCB design software, quickly and easily. OrCAD and Allegro are the industry standard PCB design software for printed circuit board designs. Every serious electronics design engineer must know OrCAD to be competitive in the hardware design engineering field and the computer tech industry.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course will be useful to college students studying electrical and hardware engineering, electronic hobbyists and tinkerers, hardware design engineers who have experience with other PCB design tools such as Altium, AutoDesk Eagle, Diptrace and KiCAD
  • My target student ranges from complete beginners in electrical circuit and printed circuit board design to intermediate level students, who have worked or currently work in electrical design software for circuit boards. Our course is for beginner level students looking to advance their skills in drawing, simulating and modeling their circuit boards quickly and easily.
  • Anyone who wants to create printed circuit boards on a Windows PC
  • Electrical engineering college students and industry professionals who need to learn OrCAD, PSPice and Allegro fast
Basic knowledge
  • You should be able to use a Windows PC at a beginner level
  • You should have Windows 7 or later installed on your computer
  • Three-button Microsoft-compatible mouse
  • The products require updating certain Microsoft libraries in the Windows directory. You must install the Cadence software using either a standalone install or a client install. You may not be able to point to the software without installing
  • Operating System Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate or Home Premium (64-bit); Windows 8 (64-bit) (All Service Packs); Windows 10 (64-bit); Windows 2008 R2 Server; Windows 2012 Server (All Service Packs)
  • Note: Cadence Allegro and OrCAD (Including EDM) products do not support Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic. In addition, Windows Server support does not include support for Windows Remote Desktop. Windows RT and Tablets are not supported
  • Recommended Software Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 11.0 or later
  • Minimum Hardware: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon XP 2000 with multi-core CPU 8 GB RAM Virtual memory at least twice physical memory. | 50 GB free disk space | 1,024 x 768 display resolution with true color (16-bit color) | Broadband Internet connection for some service | Ethernet card (for network communications and security hostID)
  • Recommended Hardware: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.66 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ | Note: Faster processors are preferred. | 8 GB RAM | 500 GB free disk space | 1,280 x 1024 display resolution with true color (at least 32bit color) | A dedicated graphics card
What you will learn
  • Quickly use the latest versions of OrCAD, PSpice and Allegro to draw an electrical schematic, simulate it and create a PCB design for it.
  • Draw circuit schematics in Capture CIS (Lite)
  • Simulate simple circuits in PSPICE (transient analysis)
  • Use PCB Editor (Lite) to make a printed circuit board design from scratch
  • Create footprints from scratch using PCB Editor software
  • Learn how to use Padstack editor to create padstacks for PCB footprints
  • Understand how to read a datasheet to create footprints
  • Generate a bill of materials (BOM)
Number of Lectures: 62
Total Duration: 07:56:04
  • Introduction to OrCAD Lite  

    In this video you learn why it is important to know OrCAD / Allegro as an electronics design engineer or hardware design engineer. Learn which big companies use this amazingly powerful software tool to build their building electronics hardware designs.

  • How to install OrCAD Lite  

    You can follow along in this course with a free light version of the OrCAD design software suite on a Windows PC (only). OrCAD is very similar to Allegro and everything that covered in this course, you can complete for free in OrCAD Lite. Also, you can use the OrCAD Lite software indefinitely and do not have to upload your designs to a cloud for others to see.

    Extra Note: You may also download OrCAD Trial (for 30 days) and it gives you the full features and functionality for 30 days, then it reverts back to OrCAD Lite. So if you want the full power of this software, including Auto-routing, you can try OrCAD Trial for your circuit simulation and PCB design today!

Project #1: Fast Simple LED Circuit
  • LED: Creating and simulating a schematic in Capture CIS Lite  

    We are starting with a project for a simple LED immediately. In this video, use OrCAD Capture CIS Lite to draw a circuit schematic. You would open the software, create a new Analog / Digital circuit, then choose your electronic components and place them on the schematic work area.

    Then use the Power of PSPICE to do a circuit simulation for this schematic in OrCAD Capture. Conduct the simulation in transient mode, and watch the output of the circuit carefully.

  • LED: Associating Schematic Footprints and Setting PCB Parameters  

    So you'll want to add PCB footprints to each electronic circuit component in the Properties fields in Capture CIS Lite. After which, open OrCAD PCB Editor Lite and set up all the parameters and constraint rules for your printed circuit board.

  • LED: Placing Components and Routing the PCB  
  • LED: Generating Gerber and Drill Files and Online Check  
  • LED: LED Recap and Finished  
Overview of OrCAD Capture CIS Lite
  • Projects in Capture and the Design Hierarchy  
  • Capture CIS Part Libraries  
  • Placing Parts in Capture CIS  
  • Wiring a Schematic in Capture CIS  
  • Capture CIS Customization and Preferences  
  • Capture CIS Annotations, Text and Smart PDF  
Overview of Padstack Editor
  • Through-Hole Padstacks and the editing environment  
  • Creating a surface mount device (SMD) padstack  
Overview of PCB Editor Lite
  • Environment Setup and Grid Spacing  
  • Add Lines, Shapes and Text  
  • Constraints Manager and Vias  
  • Create Your First Footprint from Scratch  
  • Create a Footprint using Package Symbol Wizard  
Project #2 Part 1: The Astable Multivibrator 1.0 Schematic
  • Overview of the Astable Multivibrator  
  • AMV1.0 Drawing the Schematic in Capture CIS  
  • AMV1.0 Simulating in PSPICE  
  • AMV1.0 Cleaning up the schematic  
  • AMV1.0 PCB Environment Setup  
Project #2 Part 2: Astable Multivibrator Footprints
  • AMV1.0 Batch Padstack Creation  
  • AMV1.0 Through-Hole Capacitor Footprint  
  • AMV1.0 Footprint for Test Points TP1, TP2  
  • AMV1.0 Footprint for J1  
  • AMV1.0 Footprint for Connecters J2, J3  
  • AMV1.0 Footprint for LED D1, D2  
  • AMV1.0 Footprint for Transistor Q2  
  • AMV1.0 Modifying LED Footprint  
  • AMV1.0 Footprint for Resistors R1, R4  
  • AMV1.0 Footprint for Surface Mount Transistor Q1  
  • AMV1.0 Footprint for Surface Mount Resistors R2, R3  
  • AMV1.0 Footprint for Surface Mount Capacitor C1  
Project #2 Part 3 - Astable Multivibrator 1.0 PCB
  • AMV1.0 Netlist & Color Views  
  • AMV1.0 Constraint Manager and Last Color View  
  • AMV1.0 Placing Parts (Part 1)  
  • AMV1.0 PCB Part Placement (Part 2)  
  • AMV1.0 PCB Editing Padstacks  
  • AMV1.0 Routing (Part 1)  
  • AMV1.0 Routing (Part 2)  
  • AMV1.0 Generate Silkscreen Text  
  • AMV1.0 Export Gerber and Drill Files  
  • AMV1.0 Submitting Gerber files for Manufacture  
  • AMV1.0 Documentation  
Project #3 - Astable Multivibrator Version 2
  • Intro to AMV 2.0  
  • AMV2.0 Schematic  
  • AMV2.0 Simulation  
  • AMV2.0 Design for Manufacture  
  • AMV2.0 First Footprint (IC chip)  
  • AMV2.0 Creating All Footprints  
  • AMV2.0 Setting Paths, Netlist and Fixing Footprint Errors  
  • AMV2.0 Placing Components  
  • AMV2.0 Constraints and Routing the PCB  
  • AMV2.0 Generating Silkscreen  
  • AMV2.0 Generating Gerber Files  
  • AMV2.0 3D Model & STEP files  
Project #3 Wrap-Up and End of Course
  • AMV2.0 Gerber & Drill File Submission  
  • AMV2.0 Bill of Materials, Documentation, End of Course  
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