OrCAD Walk-through

Get up to speed and productive quickly with these free learning resources and tutorials

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This is the best place to get started on your OrCAD journey. Whether you are looking to learn how to create a schematic in OrCAD Capture, set up constraints within PCB Editor, or check component reliability in PSpice, these complete walk-through tutorials will fast-track your ability to create quality printed circuit boards with OrCAD.


OrCAD Capture

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OrCAD Capture is one of the most powerful schematic design environments. With Capture, you can quickly, easily, and intuitively create complex schematic designs.  This walk-through introduces you to OrCAD Capture 17.4. Upon completion of this tutorial, you will be able to:

* Click the video links for written, step-by-step tutorials.

Video 1:

  • Open Capture 17.4 and create a new project
  • Edit design, template, and titleblock preferences
  • Add a new library file to your project 

Video 2:

  • Copy library parts and paste them into a new design library
  • Rename and edit a library part
  • Create a new part and add it to your design library

Video 3:

  • Add a library to your Capture project
  • Place a title block, components, ground and power on a schematic page
  • Search for parts in the default Capture libraries
  • Place a part from the Unified Search (New in 17.4)

Video 4:

  • Connect components to wires
  • Select and move groups of wired components
  • Connect a bus to components and nets

Video 5:

  • Place net aliases
  • Add a new net alias to multiple nets and buses

Video 6:

  • Edit component values and display information on the schematic
  • Add PCB footprints to your design

Video 7:

  • Edit reference designator text
  • Automatically update schematic annotation

Video 8:

  • Define differential pairs both manually and automatically

Video 9:

  • Configure and run a design rule check (DRC)
  • Correct violations

Video 10:

  • Create a custom BOM
  • Open the BOM in Excel

Video 11:

  • Configure the first-time setup for a Smart PDF
  • Generate a Smart PDF

Video 12:

  • Create a new PCB layout and netlist for the design

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This walk-through introduces you to OrCAD Capture 17.2. Upon completion of this tutorial, you will be able to:

Video 1:

  • Open Capture 17.2 and create a new project
  • Edit design, template, and titleblock preferences
  • Add a new library file to your project 

Video 2:

  • Copy library parts and paste them into a new design library
  • Rename and edit a library part
  • Create a new part and add it to your design library
  • Search and place a component using Ultra Librarian

Video 3:

  • Add a library to your Capture project
  • Place a title block, components, ground and power on a schematic page
  • Search for parts in the default Capture libraries

Video 4:

  • Connect components to wires
  • Select and move groups of wired components
  • Connect a bus to components and nets

Video 5:

  • Place net aliases
  • Add a new net alias to multiple nets and buses

Video 6:

  • Define differential pairs both manually and automatically

Video 7:

  • Edit component values and display information on the schematic

Video 8:

  • Edit reference designator text
  • Automatically update schematic annotation

Video 9:

  • Configure and run a design rule check (DRC)
  • Correct violations

Video 10:

  • Create a custom BOM
  • Open the BOM in Excel

Video 11:

  • Configure the first-time setup for a Smart PDF
  • Generate a Smart PDF

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PCB Editor

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OrCAD PCB Editor provides engineers with a concept-to-production design environment. With OrCAD PCB Editor, you can complete your next project easily with powerful design capabilities such as differential signal definition, interactive routing, high-speed constraint management, and real-time design capabilities. This walk-through introduces you to OrCAD PCB Editor 17.4. Upon completion of this tutorial, you will be able to:

* Click the video links for written, step-by-step tutorials.

Video 1: 

  • Setup and edit design parameters  

  • Add a layer to the board stack up  

Video 2: 

  • Create a mounting hole 

  • Place mechanical symbols on your PCB 

Video 3: 

  • Place components 

  • Review a report that identifies unplaced components 

  • Cross probe components between Capture and PCB Editor 

Video 4: 

  • Set up a differential pair 

  • Specify electrical, physical and differential pair rules with Constraint Sets 

Video 5: 

  • Add ground and power planes  

  • Draw and merge geometric shapes 

Video 6: 

  • Route and clean-up traces 

  • Verify all nets are routed 

Video 7: 

  • Run a Design Rule Check 

  • Identify and correct DRC errors 

Video 8: 

  • Add dimensions and titleblock for fabrication 

  • Create a Drill Chart and Cross Section Chart 

  • Setup Artwork Films 

Video 9: 

  • Generate IPC-2581, Gerber Artwork files and NC Drill file 

Video 10: 

  • Setup STEP mapping for 3D Models  

  • Perform collision detection 

  • Cross-probe between 2D and 3D to resolve collisions 

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This walk-through introduces you to OrCAD PCB Editor 17.2. Upon completion of this tutorial, you will be able to:

Video 1: 

  • Add PCB footprints to your design 

Video 2:  

  • Create a netlist for the design 

Video 3: 

  • Setup and edit design parameters  

  • Add a layer to the board stack up  

Video 4: 

  • Create a mounting hole 

  • Place mechanical symbols on your PCB 

Video 5: 

  • Place components 

  • Review a report that identifies unplaced components 

  • Cross probe components between Capture and PCB Editor 

Video 6: 

  • Set up a differential pair 

  • Specify electrical, physical and differential pair rules with Constraint Sets 

Video 7: 

  • Add ground and power planes  

  • Draw and merge geometric shapes 

Video 8: 

  • Route and clean-up traces 

  • Verify all nets are routed 

Video 9: 

  • Run a Design Rule Check 

  • Identify and correct DRC errors 

Video 10: 

  • Add dimensions and titleblock for fabrication 

  • Create a Drill Chart and Cross Section Chart 

  • Setup Artwork Films 

Video 11: 

  • Generate IPC-2581, Gerber Artwork files and NC Drill file 

Video 12: 

  • Setup STEP mapping for 3D Models  

  • Perform collision detection 

  • Cross-probe between 2D and 3D to resolve collisions 

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Need Help with In-design Analysis, Constraints, and More?


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PSpice gives engineers the ability to conduct advanced circuit design, simulation, and analysis for analog and mixed-signal circuits. With PSpice, you can be confident your design will perform as intended, the first time.  This walk-through introduces you to PSpice 17.4. Upon completion of this tutorial, you will be able to:

* Click the video links for written, step-by-step tutorials.

Video 1:

  • Open PSpice and create a new project
  • Navigate through the PSpice Start page
  • Access PSpice online learning and Help resources

Video 2:

  • Place PSpice parts on your schematic
  • Perform a part search and place the part

Video 3:

  • Place wires to complete your schematic
  • Rename and edit schematic parts
  • Assign net names

Video 4:

  • Perform bias point and DC sweep simulations
  • Add traces to a plot
  • Add voltage probes to the circuit

Video 5:

  • Perform Transient and AC sweep simulations
  • Export simulation information

Video 6:

  • Create and use a Piecewise Linear Source (PWL) in simulation
  • Create and use a non-ideal component in simulation

Video 7:

  • Create a smart PDF

Video 8:

  • Use the Save As functionality
  • Archive a PSpice project

These advanced OrCAD workshops will help you learn specific OrCAD features, accelerate your design and evaluation process, and enable you to learn at your own pace.

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Change, Adjust, and Work Through Shapes in Real-Time

Skill level: Intermediate

Don’t lose precious design time waiting for shapes to repour each time you make an adjustment or change.

  • Easily create and adjust shapes in real-time. No need to wait for shapes to repour.
  • Plow through shapes and they will adjust automatically and apply any spacing rules.

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Industry-Leading Routing Technology

Skill level: Intermediate

Improve efficiency and productivity of the routing stage of your design process with industry-leading technology

  • Context sensitive and selection-aware—just select your traces and start designing.
  • Routing tool analyzes and informs while routing—providing intelligent, electrically aware engineering information in a heads-up display.
  • Working layers provide you with the ability to add vias on the fly so you don’t have to pre-plan every possible via structure.
  • Quickly weave through BGAs and other high pin count interfaces with scribble/snake, automatic channel routing.

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Quickly and Easily Identify Signal Integrity Issues

Skill level: Intermediate

With deadlines shortening, you don’t have the time seek the help of an Signal Integrity expert. With OrCAD, you can fix SI issues on your own—with no outside help.

  • Visual feedback helps identify signal quality issues and causes.
  • Analysis done driectly inside OrCAD—no import/export required. Allows for real-time analysis and problem solving.
  • Based on industry-leading Sigrity ERC and SRC technology.

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Consistent, Repeatable Fanouts and Vias

Skill level: Intermediate

Stop wasting time manually creating fanouts and vias. OrCAD provides a simple, automated solution so fanouts can be done faster (and correctly).


  • Fanouts in OrCAD are simple—no complicated setup—vias are automatically centered and escape angles are automatically calculated.
  • OrCAD is constraint-driven for intelligent fanout creation. Constraints for line width help limit impedance and constraints for via size make sure DDR devices automatically get micro vias.
  • Quickly apply the same fanout to many devices and make it easy to adjust the layout of your designs without having to recreate fanouts with design reuse feature

Identify Critical Components Quickly and Accurately

Skill level: Advanced

Measuring performance for a circuit is no easy task. With OrCAD, you can easily discover which components have the most effect on circuit performance. Now, you can make intelligent part decisions, so you can focus on reducing costs and improving design performance.

  • One-click circuit simulation.
  • Find precise component measurements with ease.
  • An ordered list of critical components helps you to make informed component design choices.

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Real-Time Design Feedback for Constraints

Skill level: Intermediate

Improve your designs and ensure they are completed accurately with constraints in OrCAD.

  • Real-time, visual feedback during the design process.
  • Familiar spreadsheet interface makes constraints easy to create, manage, configure and apply.
  • Includes extensive rules for electrical spacing, physical spacing, same net (HDI) spacing, and manufacturing.

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Analyze, Prioritize, Find, and Flag Errors Before Manufacturing

Skill level: Intermediate

Don’t make costly manufacturing errors again. OrCAD provides a straightforward way to help you identify errors in your design earlier in the process.

  • Rules cover electrical, manufacturing, and physical errors.
  • Live checks with visual cues doesn’t just display errors, but details the rule being violated—all as you design.
  • A design error review helps you to easily manage design errors for further follow up.

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