PCB Newsletter – June 2015


Welcome to the June 2015 edition of the PCB123 newsletter!

We’re hearing good things about PCB123 Version 5.2.0 from customers. The improvements in graphical rendering speed helped fix one of the most common customer suggestions for PCB123. If you haven’t upgraded yet, here’s a video to show you just how much rendering speed you’re missing.

Also in this issue, our Pre-Engineer and Lay-out Specialist, Bob Tise, walks you through tried and true methodology for getting the most from your CAD tool’s auto-router. If you’ve been stumped by the mysteries of auto-routers, this forum information should help you sort everything out. Join in the forum conversations about auto-routers, too. Because if there’s a PCB design tool topic guaranteed to generate opinions and personal preferences, it’s auto-routers! As always, we hope you find this information useful and helpful. We always appreciate suggestions from readers on topics to cover here. Don’t hesitate to send us suggestions.

Get the Most out of your Auto-router

This month, we are highlighting a discussion about auto-routers led by Sunstone’s Layout Specialist, Bob Tise.

What is an Autorouter and Why Do I Care?

This is just one of the helpful tips found in the Sunstone forum. We encourage you to visit and participate in our user forum today.


What’s New at Sunstone?

Sunstone Circuits® Adds State of the Art V-Score and Lamination Press To Manufacturing Facility – Read PRESS RELEASE


Do You Know the Power of PCB123?

PCB123 is a free-distribution*, industrial strength CAD tool, complete with tightly-integrated layout design and schematic capture, 3D modeling of the design, and a sophisticated parts Bill of Materials tool. PCB123 provides a library of over 750,000 ready-to-use parts. Many of these parts include Digi-Key part numbers so you can check pricing and availability through our Live BOM feature. PCB123 is easy to use and trusted by both hobbyists and professionals. PCB123 users can be found at institutions like: MIT; Qualcomm; Intel; and Honeywell. Visit the PCB123 page to learn more.


*Why do we make the tool free to use? Because not all PCB designers have access to the funds needed to buy a PCB CAD tool. And just because a PCB CAD tool is free to use, doesn’t mean it’s easy to turn that design into fabricated boards at a fair price. Sunstone offers both through PCB123 and our PCBexpress board service. Send us your fab files from any CAD tool and we can build it for you; need a CAD tool? That shouldn’t stop you – use ours for free. Your complete PCB123 order will ship from Sunstone to meet the expected delivery date or we will automatically refund your money, plain and simple.


Why Sunstone?

  • Industry leading prototype PCB solutions provider for over 40 years
  • Easiest online quoting & ordering in the industry
  • Real 100% on-time, money back guarantee
  • Best overall quality, value and competitive pricing
  • Customer support staff available via phone and online, 24/7/365
  • Design for Manufacturability Tool: DFMplus
  • Fully supported and free PCB123® design software
  • Integrated assembly services
  • Free ground shipping
  • PCBs as low as $28 with ValueProto®
  • Expanded capabilities through Custom Quote