DesignSpark PCB is a completely free Windows software application for generating PCBs. It is fully compatible with the PICAXE Circuit Creator system.
Free from practical constraints on board size, pin counts, layers and output types, DesignSpark PCB can be used for schematic capture, PCB layout and generating manufacturing files. Automatic placement and auto-routing are fully suported.
Completed designs can be printed, exported as image or PDf file, and extended gerber outputs allow the designer to choose who will manufacture their board (or to use a third party tool such as CopperCAM for isolation routing). Bill of materials reports can also be generated at any time.
DesignSpark PCB also supports the importing of Eagle design files and libraries. See the Eagle import tutorial for further information.
A comprehensive standard parts library is supplied which can be amended, copied, and added to as required. Sophisticated new part creation wizards make it easy to design new parts from scratch or by using standard symbols and footprints. A special educational library including all the common educational parts is also available on the Downloads tab.
DesignSpark PCB can be used for personal or commercial projects without any charge. It may also be installed on school/university networks without any cost or complicated paperwork. It really is completely free!