Tutorials

Can't figure out how PCB Droid works? These step-by-step guides will help you.

Tutorials

Can't figure out how PCB Droid works? These step-by-step guides will help you.

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Because icons can be confusing sometimes...

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Because icons can be confusing sometimes...

Official Tutorials

Installing PCB Droid

  1. Go to Google Play Store on your mobile device.
  2. In the store search for PCB Droid, then tap on its icon.
  3. Tap on Install and then on Accept. Wait until PCB Droid downloads and installs.

Starting PCB Droid for the first time

  1. Search for PCB Droid’s icon among your apps and tap on it.
  2. Flip through the three pages of the introduction, then tap on done.
  3. If you’d like to use your Google account and you are logged in, then simply tap on the Google icon and select your account, and skip Step 7 in this tutorial.
  4. If you’d like to use another e-mail address, then tap on the PCB Droid Account and then on the Register button.
  5. Enter an account name, your email address, a password and then retype the same password. The password has to be at least 4 digits long, and can contain any kind of character. If you aren’t sure you entered the correct password, tap on the “eye” icon to see it. When you are done, tap on the Create Account button.
  6. Check your mailbox for the verification e-mail. If you cannot find it, try checking your SPAM folder. In case you use multiple email addresses make sure you are looking at the right one. In the verification email tap on Verify Account button.
  7. Open PCB Droid again, tap on PCB Droid Account, then enter your e-mail address and password. Tap on the Login button.

Opening a new project

  1. Open the PCB Droid.
  2. Open the main menu by tapping on the menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on “Project” in the main menu.
  4. Tap on the “+” icon in the green circle in the lower right corner of the screen.
  5. A “New project” and an “Import project” icon appeared. Tap on “New project”.
  6. A pop-up window appears. Name your project and then tap on the “OK” button.
  7. Tap on the created project on the right side of the screen to open it.

Using the Editor

  1. Place a through hole (TH), by tapping on the circle icon in the upper left corner of the screen, then tap once on the board. Tap the board again in a different spot, to place another TH.
  2. To connect the two THs with a line, first tap on the line icon on the left toolbar (the third from the top of the screen). The second step is to tap in the middle of the first TH and while holding your finger on the screen, drag the endpoint to the middle of the other TH.
  3. Place a surface mounted diode (SMD), by tapping on the rectangle icon on the left toolbar (the second from the top of the screen), then tap once on the board.
  4. Tap on the eye icon on the top of the right toolbar (below the right arrow). Now you can pinch to zoom and navigate on the board by dragging it.
  5. To select a component tap on the selection box icon on the right side of the screen (below the eye icon), then tap on any of the components.
  6. While the selection box icon is active, select multiple components by tapping above the upper left corner of the footprint and dragging the selection box towards the bottom right corner until you have selected everything you wanted.
  7. Now you can drag the selected components around the board.
  8. After you select something, a toolbar appears on the top of the screen. To delete the selected items tap on the bin icon on the selection toolbar.
  9. Duplicate your selection by tapping the “2x” icon and then tapping somewhere on the board.
  10. You can undo the last action you did by tapping on the left pointing arrow in the upper right corner.
  11. Redo the last action you undid by tapping on the right pointing arrow in the upper right corner.
  12. Press the “Back” button on your mobile device to exit the editor.
  13.  A pop-up window appears, where you can save your work by tapping “Save Changes”. You can save your project any time by tapping on the menu icon in the lower right corner, then tapping the single floppy icon on the newly appeared toolbar in the lower left corner.

Saving as

Note: You can save your project any time by tapping on the menu icon in the lower right corner, then tapping the single floppy icon on the newly appeared toolbar in the lower left corner.

  1. Tap on the menu icon in the lower right corner.
  2. Tap the double floppy icon on the newly appeared toolbar in the lower left corner.
  3. A pop-up window appears, where you can name your project. If you are satisfied with the name tap on “OK”.
  4. The newly saved copy of the project is now available amongst the others from the main menu’s “Project” menu point.

Exporting

Note: There are 3 ways you can export your project (PDF, image or Gerber format). Remember that to use the Gerber export, you must be subscribed to PCB Droid Pro or Premium and be connected to the internet.

PDF and image export is FREE and is done by on device. If your device doesn’t have the computing capacity you can export 1 image and 1 PDF per month on our server for free. This also requires internet connection. Pro and Premium users get unlimited exports online.

  1. Open the main menu by tapping on the menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Tap on “Project” in the main menu.
  3. Open the project you’d like to export.
  4. When the editor shows up tap on the icon in the lower right corner (the last icon on the right toolbar).
  5. A small toolbar appears in the lower left corner of the screen. From this newly appeared toolbar, select the format you’d like (GBR here stands for Gerber) by tapping it.
  6. On the next screen, choose the options most appropriate for you. When you are done, tap on the small icon in the green circle in the lower right corner of the screen.

Downloading Official Libraries

Note: You must be connected to the internet for the duration of this process.

  1. Open the main menu by tapping on the menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Tap on “Libraries” in the main menu.
  3. Tap on “Cloud” near the upper right corner
  4. Select a library you’d like to download by tapping it.
  5. To download the library tap on the download icon (a downwards pointing arrow). On the pop-up screen select “OK”.
  6. Push the “Back” button on your device, then tap on “Downloaded” next to the “Cloud”. Here you can find your downloaded libraries.

Inserting Macros

  1. Open the project where you want the macro inserted.
  2. Tap on the microchip icon in the bottom left corner of the screen
  3. On the new screen, tap on “Downloaded” (or “Own” if you have custom-made macros)
  4. Tap on the macro you’d like to insert
  5. Now you should be back in your project, with the macro selected. While it is selected, you can drag it to its place.
  6. If you have found the right place for the macro just tap on the eye icon in the upper right section of the screen.

Creating Your Own Macros

  1. Create the footprint you want to save as macro.
  2. Tap on the selection box icon on the right side of the screen.
  3. Tap above the upper left corner of the footprint and drag the selection box towards the bottom right corner until you have selected the whole footprint you want to save.
  4. A toolbar appeared on the top of the screen. Tap on the one that looks like a folder with an arrow in the middle
  5. A pop-up window appears where you can name your macro. If you are satisfied with the name tap on “OK”.

Managing Your Custom Macros and Libraries

Note: Every macro you make is placed into the “Just created” library. To move them into any other existing library follow these steps:

  1. Open the main menu by tapping on the menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Tap on “Libraries” in the main menu.
  3. Tap on the “Just created” library.
  4. Your macro should be here (scroll down if necessary).
  5. In the lower right corner of your macro tap on the 3 dots.
  6. Tap on “Move to”.
  7. Select the destination library and tap on “OK”.

Sizing

  1. Open a new project.
  2. Tap and hold the cogwheel icon. Here you can set up the raster size to custom or pre-set standards and modify the board size.
  3. Place a TH.
  4. Place a second TH, but this time hold the screen while placing it. You’ll see a crosshair appear, with data near it: the X position of the crosshair on the board, the Y position of the crosshair on the board, the distance between the crosshair and the center point of the previously placed component on the X axis, the distance between the crosshair and the center point of the previously placed component on the Y axis, and the distance between the crosshair and the center point of the previously placed component.
  5. Tap the ruler icon on the right toolbar.
  6. Tap and drag your finger on the board. The ruler works similarly to the crosshair, but it’s starting point is not the center of the last placed component, but the place where you first tapped on the board.

Options

Note: You can access the setup of individual components by tapping and holding their icons.

  1. Tap and hold the TH icon. On the appearing pop-up window you can set up the size of the TH, or make it go through the board by checking the VIA checkbox.

Note: You cannot modify the sizing of an already placed component.

  1. Tap and hold the SMD, the line, the circle, the rectangle or the zone icon to modify its size/line width or fill if applicable.
  2. Access the polygon settings to change the linewidth, radius or number of corners and fill.
  3. The content of a text can be given in the text option, along with its size, rotation and mirroring.

Note: You cannot modify the content and sizing of an already placed text.

Miscellaneous

  1. Place a line on the board, then select it.
  2. Tap on the line icon on the selection toolbar on the top of the screen. Now you can move the end points of the line by dragging them.
  3. Place a TH above the line and select both.
  4. On the selection toolbar, tap on the locked padlock. Now these components are grouped, thus they are always selected and moved together.
  5. Select the group and tap on the unlocked padlock. Now your components are no longer grouped.
  6. Change the raster size to the smallest pre-set, then place a TH below and slightly left from the previously placed one.
  7. Change the raster size to the largest pre-set. The latter placed TH now isn’t sitting on the raster.
  8. Select the misplaced TH.
  9. On the selection toolbar tap on the second icon from the right to snap the TH to the closest gridpoint.

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