Getting a .epw into EagleCAD


Following on from ArduinoBoys and others and Making your own ArduinoBoy, I was looking to get the footprint and/or EagleCAD (or KiCAD) file from Mouser’s DIN 61NC5F in order to compare it to the footprint of the 57PC5F:

57PC5F footprint
57PC5F footprint

There is a link to a .epw file, 502-61NC5F-pcb-part-librarie​s.epw.

.epw files are ECAD Part Wizard files, available from RS: ECAD Part Wizard, which unfortunately requires M$ Excel. An alternative is DesignSpark’s PCB Part Library, which requires Windows (but maybe able to run in a Wineskin on OSX).

See Import-PCB-Part-Library-parts-to-EAGLE video, which shows how to automatically import into EagleCAD. However, as the video demonstrates, a login is required, meaning that you have to sign up for a service.

The Mouser product page links to FREE HIGH QUALITY PCB LIBRARIES FOR ECAD TOOLS, and the video there shows the SamacSys LibraryLoader (which is the same as the tool on the DesignSpark page).

So how can you do it manually?

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Using EagleCAD – board layout


I have been rather successfully using EagleCAD, for designing schematics, and then Veroboard/Stripboard layouts (instead of PCB layouts).

Here are a few of the gotchas that I have found.

Note that this article covers boards only. For schematic layout issues, see EagleCAD nuances – schematics

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Building Circuits for Stripboard using EAGLE – Mike Perks


This is a great webpage, written by Mike Perks in 2005, which I came across whilst reading Stripboard. Unfortunately, the link therein was dead and it took me a while to locate it. I have taken the liberty to reproduce it here, as it may get lost again, in the sands of time, that is the web. The zip file is here:

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EagleCAD nuances – schematics


EagleCAD can have a bit of a steep learning curve, especially for those who have never used a CAD package before. Even if you are familiar with CAD there may be a few finer points that become gotchas after using Eagle for a while…

Note that this article covers schematics only. For board layout issues, see Using EagleCAD – board layout

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