Advanced Circuits, Inc. (ACI)

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Better Circuit Design with the Right Software and Manufacturing Company

Creating high-quality circuits is the goal, whether you are a hobbyist, student, or have been working in the field for years. However, circuit design is not always easy, and it can often seem like a slow, slogging process. Even in the design phase, there are many different factors that come into play that can slow down the actual design and creation of the circuit. Once you get to the manufacturing stage and the process is essentially out of your hands, it still has the potential to be slow if you aren’t using the right manufacturer.

Fortunately, there are several things that you can do that will help to make the circuit design and manufacturing process faster and easier. When you can streamline these processes, it allows you to be creative and to do the work that you actually want to do, which is the actual circuit design. Your best course of action is to look at everything that Advanced Circuits can offer. You will find quality software along with one of the best PCB manufacturing companies in the country.

Free PCB Artist Design Software

One of the things that tends to slow many down during the circuit design process is the software that they are using. In some cases, the software might not have many capabilities that apply to what they are doing. In other cases, the software might be prohibitively expensive. Some types of software can cost well over $1,000. Some can even cost several thousand dollars.

Perhaps the most impressive benefit of PCB Artist from Advanced Circuits is the fact that it is entirely free to download and use. You won’t have to spend a thing to use the software, and you do not even need to have a powerful computer to run it. However, this is just the start of the benefits that the software can provide. It also includes many features and benefits that higher-priced software does not have.

For example, the software has a design rule and check report, Gerber format files, integrated schematics, and more. There is a library of more than half a million parts, controlled autorouter, multipage schematic, and native Eagle support. Circuit designs of up to 28 layers are possible with the free software.

Even if you already have software that you are using, you might want to download this option and try it for your circuit design. It won’t cost anything, and it is an intuitive software that is easy to work with. In addition, there are video tutorials on the site, and you will find a user’s guide that you can download and read.

Our software helps to make circuit design easier and faster. It also helps to eliminate errors. This means that the design process will be streamlined. You can go from your design into the production phase faster, which can help you to save money.

A Free Viewer is Also Available

Advanced Circuits also features a Gerber file viewer called FreeDFM. If you are using other software, you can still check your files to make sure the design is sound and does not have any problems. You can upload your files to the site, and then receive a report of any errors that were found in the system. This read does more than just check for errors and indicate where they are. It can also correct errors in the file you have submitted.

Reports are provided in an easy to read graphical format. This is also a free service. You can use it unlimited times, and it is available around the clock. In addition to the reporting and correcting of some design issues automatically, you will also receive a PCB quote and a discount.

Again, this helps to ensure that you aren’t wasting money and time on a design that still needs work. It is easy to use and should be the first thing that you do after you have created your circuit design.

When the Circuit Design is Right

Once you have taken the time to create a perfect version of your circuit in the design phase, you will want to move forward toward production. At this stage, you might still want to see exactly how your circuit works before you head into full production, of course. It might be a good idea to order a prototype or just a couple of the circuit boards at this time. Advanced Circuits does not have a minimum order, so you don’t have to worry about meeting those requirements.

When you have your circuit and you have tested it in the real-world environment, you will then be able to order more of the PCBs with confidence. You can order as many or as few as needed. We can handle large orders, and you will find that we have a fast turnaround time no matter the size.

Why Use Advanced Circuits?

Why would you want to use Advanced Circuits as the manufacturing company for your circuit design? We have decades of experience in the field and are the third-largest PCB manufacturer in the United States. We use quality materials, and we do all of the manufacturing work in-house. You do not have to worry about us sending out the work to a low-quality facility. You will also be happy to know that all of the orders that are made through our company will receive a free engineering file review. This occurs before it goes into fabrication and could help to catch any last-minute problems.

It is time that you made circuit design as easy as possible on yourself. Download the software and see how it works. Take some time to get accustomed to it and create designs faster than you might have thought possible. Take those designs and get right into the manufacturing process, so you can get the circuits you need as soon as you can. Advanced Circuits works hard to take out many of the most tedious parts of the process.


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