Learn to Design Your Own Boards

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Learning paid
14.5 hours course
Course by Udemy
What will you learn?
After this course, you will design your own Arduino like board.
About the course

Learning a basic board design is essential for everyone who would like to work in electronics or who would like to design electronic boards or products. Learning board design in the right software can open you door into many companies, help you to get a well paid job and can be used to design very complex and advanced boards.

Design a Real Board and Learn Essentials of Using Altium Designer

- Draw your own schematic
- Route your PCB and do layout
- Generate documentation needed to manufacture your PCB

Altium Designer is a Powerful Software

During this course you will learn how to use Altium Designer software. Altium Designer is a professional software used to design all kind of boards, from very simple ones to motherboards or servers. It is one of the most used software for electronic design. Learning Altium is useful for everyone planning or already working in electronics.

Contents and Overview

You will start with Arduino Uno reference schematic. You will learn how to re-draw the schematic, modify it, you will learn how to improve it and how to do PCB layout. The course videos are step-by-step and even if you are new in electronics or you have never used Altium Designer before, by repeating these steps, you will design your own board. By the end of this course, you will create all the necessary documents needed to manufacture the board. 

Within 15 hours you will learn how to:

- Draw schematic, including tips for component selection and important circuits
- Create components, draw schematic symbols and footprints
- Place components into your PCB
- Route PCB and useful tips about layout
- Create 3D model of your board
- Create board variants with different components fitted / not fitted
- Create Bill of Material (BOM)
- Create assembly drawings showing position of components on the board
- Generate Gerbers, Pick and Place, Drill file and other files needed for manufacturing
- Prepare professional documents needed to manufacture your PCB and assemble your board
- Bring your board to life, flash firmware and run a simple LED Blinky example

For everyone interested, the manufacturing documents created during this course can be used to build your board. Simply use PCB manufacturing data to get your PCB, buy components from Digikey and solder them by yourself.

Enjoy this course :)

Drawing Schematic and Creating Libraries
In this section you will learn how to draw schematic and how to create components - schematic symbols and footprints.
What you will learn during this course
Download Arduino schematic and start a new project
Prepare to create ATMEGA328P component
Create ATMEGA328P - Schematic symbol
Create ATMEGA328P - Footprint
Prepare to create ATMEGA16U2 component
Create ATMEGA16U2 - Schematic symbol
Create ATMEGA16U2 - Footprint
How to update an existing component
Create 10 pin female header
  • You will need Altium Designer software. If you are a college / university student, ask Altium for a student license. In many countries the student license is free.
Robert Feranec
Robert Feranec
Motherboard designer, Youtuber, Lecturer
Udemy courses are suited to professional development. The platform is organized in such a way that it is experts themselves that decide the topic and when the course will start. All supporting documents are made available to you for lifetime access. On this platform, you can find a course on about any subject, and that is no exaggeration – from a tutorial on how to ride a motorcycle, to managing the financial markets. The language and the course format are established by the teacher. This is why it is important to read the information about the course carefully before parting with any money.
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