Welcome to Pad2Pad - a powerful computer aided design application that lets you design, analyze, price, order and manufacture printed circuit boards (PCBs) over the Internet with greater convenience than ever before

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*To navigate the software help menu, use the red tool bar. To return to the main menu, use the black tool bar.

Printed circuit boards are a common integral part of any electronic device ranging from digital watches and electronic cameras to radios and computers. A printed circuit board (PCB) is a set of electronic components placed on a single altboard and connected by metal traces. Many different methods are used to form the conducting paths on a printed circuit. The most widespread method makes use of a rigid or flexible plastic, phenolic, masonite, or glass baseboard (the substrate) that is coated on one or both sides by a thin layer of copper foil. Non-conducting areas are etched away. A working electronic circuit is produced by soldering components (e.g resistors, capacitors, integrated circuits) onto the board.