From: email@example.com (Nico Coesel)
Subject: Re: PCB package under $4k
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 21:11:55 GMT
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Lestrale) wrote:
>Dear Chris, and other readers:
>> Hi, I think that you are biased. I can't imagine anyone wanting to
>> hand route a complex board. Autorouters are not perfect, but with some
>> manual input they can be made to do a much better job than any
>> designer and a lot quicker. You might want to look at the Bartell
>First, nice to meet you, Chris, and many thanks for your reply...
>Let me tell you, I am a very highly skilled designer (see my website),
>and I ALWAYS hand route every board I do - AND I ALWAYS WILL !!
>There just aren't any programs that can do things like I think that
>they 'ought to be done... On one occasion, a top PCB designer tried
>to "race me" by using an auto-router... slowly over 3 weeks I laid
>my tracks, perfect as the driven snow, while he re-ran his "auto-
>router" over and over, and he never got a decent result out of it.
>I concluded with a work of art of the highest order, while he had
>nothing to show for his work but monkey-poop.
I believe the truth is somewhere in the middle. From my experience,
using an autorouter is like driving a car. You have to learn how to
>No, for my money, it's much better to lay every track by hand. Praise
>God for those designers who have done it thusly so far, and shame on
>those who seek to delegate that art to their software in the future !!
I've had excellent results with autorouting boards with through-mount
digital stuff. There is another use for an autorouter though. I
sometimes used it to check wether the component placement is good or
I haven't tried autorouting surface mounted components yet. It's
probably a waste of time trying it...
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