Export for a single board PCB (including the Arduino)
Apologies if you can already do this, but it would be useful to have the option to export to a single PCB. By this I mean, if I was to design my schematic using open source components (eg: EasyDriver & Arduino Uno), then Fritzing would have the option to actually embed these components in the final PCB. So that the final outcome wouldn't be a shield, but would be a single-board.
Does this make sense?
Thanks for your time,
This is already available. Just go into pcb view and arrange your parts onto the rectangular PCB that is there by default. You can switch to another board shape, or import a custom shape. You will have to draw copper traces between connections. If you have already connected the parts in schematic view, you will see "ratsnest lines" in pcb view which will help you remember what is connected.
I think he meant that Fritzing will pick the parts from the Arduino and place it on the pcb so it will run 'standalone'.
I see, we have had plans for this along the lines of "decomposable modules". It has now shifted towards the ideas of a "sketch within a sketch", basically an endlessly recursive sketch.
So it's definitely something we want, but it's quite complex and we haven't started on it yet. You can also follow and comment on issue 336 for this.
One simple way to do this would be to start with an existing project that has the discrete parts you need. You could pull in the "Bare-Bones Arduino" example that is shipped with Fritzing. It is a stripped-down version of the Arduino-NG, made entirely using through-hole parts. The sketch is slightly out of date and includes one error but it will give you all the basic bits you need to build an all-in-one board based on the Arduino. Just make the PCB bigger and put on the sensors, motor driver, etc.
There are other projects on the web site that are built similarly. You might find something closer to your needs. Just make sure to give people credit if you remix their designs!
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