Hello Ben and Element14 community,
I'm a freshmen studying to get a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. I have a lot of projects that I want to start working on. And know that I've started with the first one on my list, I realized that it's mainly a microcontroller. Fortunately, I discovered The Ben Heck show which introduced me to eagle and a brief insight on how to build your custom microcontroller or AVR development board- correct me if they're two different things. Reading in the CADSoft website, I felt that Eagle is the perfect software to use for my project.
The problem is that many questions occurred to me when attempting to buy the software, of which:
- When trying to buy the Eagle Light, this eventually showed up '1 schematic sheet, 2 signal layers, 100x80 mm routing area (3.2 in x 4 in)'. Is the program limited to a certain number of designs?
- As a SUPER-Newbie in the world of microcontrollers, I'm curtain that I'm going to face problems with my design at first. Will any of the services provided for CADSoft help answer questions as why/ how/ when do we use certain component? Or even help me fix issues with my design?
- When ordering PCBs from a board house, is there a minimum number of board you could order? or a minimum payment?
- Can the manufacturers make custom casings for the PCBs?
P.S. I'm really new to this stuff, I'm bad with the abbreviations
Thank you in advance to any body helped or passed by.