Published on Sep 9, 2013
It has always been our mission to make designing and experimenting with electronics accessible to as many people as possible. With circuits.io we already made a big leap in this direction. But for people getting started with electronics, schematics and layout are often still daunting. Over the summer we partnered up with Autodesk to fix this.
We are proud to announce the new version of circuits.io making it even easier and more intuitive to design electronics: 123D Circuits.io. Here are some of the most important new features:
- virtual breadboard based design, allowing to build and experiment with circuits just as you would in real life
- you can add an Arduino to your design, and edit the code right in your browser
- real-time and interactive simulation of both your Arduino code and the circuit attached to it
- full collaborative editing (think of Google Docs for electronics)
- powerful yet easy component editor, making it super easy to add new components to the shared library
- easily create beautiful circuit boards with: free text, b-splice silkscreen art, arbitrary board shapes, ...
- ability to embed your design, including simulation on your blog or in an instructable
123D Circuits.io enables beginners to easily get started with electronics. Instead of blowing up a component, you can now experiment freely in the live simulated virtual breadboard environment together with friends without being afraid of breaking something. 123D Circuits.io even allows you to simulate Arduino code along with your electronics to control it all or to learn about programming and Arduino. Let's admit it, even pros could make good use of such a tool.
But don't be fooled in thinking that 123D Circuits.io is just a toy. The underlying engine is still the powerful technology of circuits.io: easy to use circuit board layout tool, one-click PCB manufacturing service, live DRC, multi-layer boards, smart copper pours, large component library, Eagle import, auto 3D enclosure generation, modular design and much more!
We created a number of Instructables to help you get started with 123D Circuits.io and have extensive help pages, even including pointers to learn the basics of electronics.
Best of all is that 123D Circuits is still free for open designs, and affordable plans are available for those wanting more. I hope you are as excited as us about 123D Circuits.io. Head over to 123D.circuits.io and give it a try.