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I am trying to find a free/low cost PCB design software that I can use for my projects (PCB = Printed Circuit Board; some prefer PWB, Printed Wiring Board). It needs to be able to support at least 8 layer boards, with no limitations (such as limited pin count/board size) and has to be able to export my design as a Gerber file.

I've tried ExpressPCB, which I really like, but they only support up to 4 layers, where the 2 inner layers are only for power and ground. I've also tried FreePCB, but you can't directly attach pads to copper areas, which I need to be able to do.

So basically I'm looking for something similar to ExpressPCB, but with support for more layers and a Gerber exporter. It would be nice if the software was free, but the most I'm willing to pay is $50. Any ideas?

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KiCad can do all that you require:

  • Free, Gratis & Open Source
  • Cross Platform - Windows, Linux and OS X
  • Up to 32 Copper Layers
  • Footprint Editor
  • Push & Shove Routing
  • 3D Viewer
  • Active User & Developer Communities
  • Gerber Export
  • Allows python scripting
  • Lots of other goodies

KiCad on OS-X On Windows 3D Viewer

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  • Yup, that's what I'm looking for. Thanks a bundle! I've heard of this, but nobody told me it could go up to 32 layers! That's 4 times more than I need. Perfect! – Jaca Jan 2 '16 at 18:50

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