OrCAD Capture CIS Tutorial for Beginners - with PCB Editor

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Course Overview

About this Course:


Have you been looking for the best tool to design simple electronics printed circuit boards for free? Even more so have you tried learning OrCAD but it was too hard to learn without help? Wouldn't it be great if there were short videos created by experienced users with tutorials on PCB and schematic design using Cadence's OrCAD software?

If you are looking for an in-depth walkthrough of the PCB design process and an introduction on how to use OrCAD Capture and PCB Editor look no further. In this course you will use OrCAD Lite 17.2 to test out and learn the most important features of OrCAD Capture CIS PSPICE and PCB Editor for free.

The Circuits You Will Be Designing

This introductory course shows you how to create 3 very simple printed circuit boards:

  • A small 2-layer LED + Resistor circuit with 2 connectors
  • A 2-layer asynchronous multivibrator circuit with 2 transistors 4 resistors 2 capacitors 2 LEDs connectors and test points
  • A 2-layer re-mixed version of the asynchronous multivibrator circuit that also includes a 555 timer chip and 3D modeling.

What I like about the above circuits is they have just the right amount of simplicity for you to focus on the electronics engineering design process. At the same time the above circuit projects have enough variety to demonstrate most of the skills you need to create through-hole and surface-mount footprints and finish a standard PCB.

The Cadence OrCAD suite has everything you will need for PCB design simulation and implementation of electronics designs.

Once you learn OrCAD you can learn any other PCB design software quickly and easily. OrCAD and Allegro are the industry standard PCB design software for printed circuit board designs. Every serious electronics design engineer must know OrCAD to be competitive in the hardware design engineering field and the computer tech industry.

Basic knowledge:

  • You should be able to use a Windows PC at a beginner level
  • You should have Windows 7 or later installed on your computer
  • Three-button Microsoft compatible mouse

The products require updating certain Microsoft libraries in the Windows directory. You must install the Cadence software using either a standalone install or a client installs. You may not be able to point to the software without installing Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Enterprise Ultimate or Home Premium (64-bit) Windows 8 (64-bit) (All Service Packs) Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 2008 R2 Server Windows 2012 Server (All Service Packs).

Note: Cadence Allegro and OrCAD (Including EDM) products do not support Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic. In addition Windows Server support does not include support for Windows Remote Desktop. Windows RT and Tablets are not supported. Recommended Software Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.0 or later.

Minimum Hardware: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP 2000 with multi-core CPU 8 GB RAM Virtual memory at least twice physical memory. 50 GB free disk space - 1024 x 768 display resolution with true color (16-bit color) - Broadband Internet connection for some service - Ethernet card (for network communications and security hostID) Recommended Hardware: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+.

Note: Faster processors are preferred. 8 GB RAM - 500 GB free disk space - 1280 x 1024 display resolution with true color (at least 32bit color) - A dedicated graphics card

Who should take this course

Who is the target audience?:

  • This course will be useful to college students studying electrical and hardware engineering electronic hobbyists and tinkerers hardware design engineers who have experience with other PCB design tools such as Altium AutoDesk Eagle Diptrace and KiCAD
  • My target student ranges from complete beginners in electrical circuit and printed circuit board design to intermediate level students who have worked or currently work in electrical design software for circuit boards. Our course is for beginner level students looking to advance their skills in drawing simulating and modeling their circuit boards quickly and easily.
  • Anyone who wants to create printed circuit boards on a Windows PC
  • Electrical engineering college students and industry professionals who need to learn OrCAD PSPice and Allegro fast


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Course content

What you will learn:

  • Quickly use the latest versions of OrCAD PSpice and Allegro to draw an electrical schematic simulate it and create a PCB design for it.
  • Draw circuit schematics in Capture CIS (Lite)
  • Simulate simple circuits in PSPICE (transient analysis)
  • Use PCB Editor (Lite) to make a printed circuit board design from scratch
  • Create footprints from scratch using PCB Editor software
  • Learn how to use Padstack editor to create padstacks for PCB footprints
  • Understand how to read a datasheet to create footprints
  • Generate a bill of materials (BOM)


  • Introduction
  • Project number 1: Fast Simple LED Circuit
  • Overview of OrCAD Capture CIS Lite
  • Overview of Padstack Editor
  • Overview of PCB Editor Lite
  • Project number 2 Part 1: The Astable Multivibrator 1.0 Schematic
  • Project number 2 Part 2: Astable Multivibrator Footprints
  • Project number 2 Part 3 - Astable Multivibrator 1.0 PCB
  • Project number 3 - Astable Multivibrator Version 2
  • Project number 3 Wrap-Up and End of Course

About Course Provider

Simpliv LLC, a platform for learning and teaching online courses. We basically focus on online learning which helps to learn business concepts, software technology to develop personal and professional goals through video library by recognized industry experts or trainers.

Why Simpliv

With the ever-evolving industry trends, there is a constant need of the professionally designed learning solutions that deliver key innovations on time and on a budget to achieve long-term success.

Simpliv understands the changing needs and allows the global learners to evaluate their technical abilities by aligning the learnings to key business objectives in order to fill the skills gaps that exist in the various business areas including IT, Marketing, Business Development, and much more.

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