Learn OrCAD & Cadence Allegro Essentials

Design a board in 24 hours. This is a step-by-step course.

After this course, you will know how to design your own boards in Cadence OrCAD + Allegro. A switching power supply design is used as an example to demonstrate the whole process of designing a board. You can follow all the steps based on the video, repeat them and then design your own boards.

This course is perfect for beginners and anyone starting with OrCAD & Allegro. Ideal for companies with fresh hires or young engineers. You will get a lot of useful tips about designing a switching power supply and using OrCAD and Allegro.

Why switching power supply? They are used on almost every board!

THIS COURSE IS FOR: Beginners, Hobbyists, Students and young Engineers. This course is also for anyone moving from different CAD system to OrCAD & Allegro. No previous OrCAD / Allegro knowledge is required.

What will you learn?

It’s a step-by-step commented video that had been captured throughout the whole power supply design process. Even if you have never designed any board before, just by repeating all the steps in the video, by the end of this course you will design switching power supply board. When you design the board from this course, you will have all the most important knowledge about using OrCAD and Allegro, you can continue all by yourself on your own projects and design your own boards.

  • Starting a new project
    (Creating project, adding schematic pages, creating schematic symbol library)

  • Creating schematic symbols
    (Creating a chip, resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors, mounting holes, pads, testpoints, … )

  • Drawing a schematic
    (Placing components into schematic, connecting pins, working with design cache, multi-page schematic, … )

  • Finishing schematic
    (About annotations and designators, intersheet references, DRC Design Rules Check, … )

  • Schematic Tips & Tricks
    (About net names, power names, resistor and capacitor parameters, pull ups/downs, custom title block, … )

  • Making your schematic more professional
    (Cover page, block diagram, revision history page, adding design notes, titles and descriptions, … )

  • Board variants
    (How to create variants, how to see variants in schematic, variant parameter, variants in BOM and Assembly drawings)

  • BOMs – Bill of materials for complete board and board variants
    (Creating no BOM, BOM only and PCB only components. Generating BOMs: Purchasing, Reference, Grouped Reference)

  • Creating footprints and pads
    (Using padstack editor, creating footprints, creating and adding all important layers, adding 3D models, … )

  • Stackup and Rules
    (Setting up stackup, setting up rules for layout)

  • Component placement
    (How to place components into your PCB, what is important, how to select a component in the schematic and place it in PCB, … )

  • Working in Allegro
    (Explaining all the important commands and settings, going through all the common situations you may experience)

  • Creating shortcuts and using SKILL scripts
    (How to create shortcuts, how shortcuts and scripts can speed up your work, how to install scripts)

  • Doing PCB layout
    (What is important during layout, connecting pins and drawing tracks, working with shapes / polygons, … )

  • Improving and finishing PCB layout
    (DRC check, clearing violations, setting up thermal relief, importing logo, adding text, … )

  • Preparing information for manufacturing
    (Assembly drawings, NC Drill, Mechanical drawing with dimensions, Manufacturing notes, creating views and films, … )

  • Generating professional manufacturing outputs
    (Generating professional documentation to manufacture your PCB and assemble your board)

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  • Starting from $199 USD

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  • 12 Lessons – Equivalent to 3 days of intensive training. Each lesson has a tutoring video that is approximately two hours long (watch when it’s best for you) and includes activities for practicing.

Software Requirements

Technical Requirements

  • A computer that allows you to run OrCAD & Allegro.

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