New Book: “Fritzing for Inventors”

There are a zillion books that make use of Fritzing to illustrate circuits, but this one is the first on fritzing itself. We’re honored that the one and only Simon Monk, author of many a maker book, took it up and created the ultimate guide for using fritzing to “take your electronics project from prototype to product.” We provided technical review for the book, so you can be sure it’s using all the tricks.

Fritzing for Inventors

It does a really great job at  giving a quickstart introduction. Then it walks you through each of Breadboard/Schematic/PCB view in detail, and also gives you background tips on approaching electronics projects in general, reading datasheets, etc. The second half of the book focuses on PCB design and production all the way to testing and distribution. It’s all very thorough and keeps a great balance between bird’s eye and detail discussion.

So it’s not just a  software reference, but a really practical handbook on creating prototypes and using Fritzing as the central tool for that. All in all, “Fritzing for Inventors” might be a great holiday read.

Here’s the full table of contents (the one on the publisher’s website seems to be from a draft version):

  • Ch 1. Introduction to Fritzing
  • Ch 2. Quickstart
  • Ch 3. Electronic Invention
  • Ch 4. Breadboarding
  • Ch 5. Schematic Desgin
  • Ch 6. PCB Layout
  • Ch 7. Fabrication
  • Ch 8. Fritzing Arduino (and Other Boards)
  • Ch 9. Custom Parts
  • Ch 10. Example Projects
  • Ch 11. Testing
  • Ch 12. Funding and Distributing
  • Appendix: Resources

44 thoughts on “New Book: “Fritzing for Inventors”

  1. Awesome book! I’m putting together a bunch of instructables for our robotics club and am using the instructions for creating parts within Fritzing. I really got bogged down over renaming the piezo example connectors in Chapter 9. The book says to rename them as “connector1pin” and “connector2pin”. However, I couldn’t get it to work until I used “connector0pin” and connector1pin”. Also, I am still having trouble getting the silkscreen layer to show up in Fritzing (the circle). Any advice would be much appreciated. Also, could you start a discussion/forum for users of this book?

    1. Hi Gina, good to hear you like the book! As for errata, best to get in touch with the author directly. We’re happy to set up a forum category for it, but the support would need to come through Simon.

      1. Hi, I’m always grateful for errata, they can be incorporated into later printings of the book and of course second editions. I keep errata for books on on the book’s page. You can email me at simon at monkmakes dot com

    2. I’ve bought this book with the intent to use it as a guide to build an electronics workshop course to compliment our degree courses. I would love to be able to discuss this book with anyone who is familiar with it or even doing something similar. Did you get anywhere with a forum?

    3. Hi, I’m glad you are finding the book useful. I’m not sure what is going on with the connector numbers problem. I would guess that the problem is that they do not agree with the names used in the Connectors tab of the Part Editor.

      1. One notes that KiCAD now has become inhanced greatly through CERN’s and Raspberry Pi foundation’s investments. One wonders now how it compares with fritzing ?

  2. there will be this book in German?
    Wird es dieses Buch in deutscher Übersetzung geben??

    Genau so etwas suche ich!!!

    1. Ce livre sera t’il traduit en français?
      Celui-ci parait plus qu’intéressant.
      Dans l’attente de pouvoir l’acheter en français

      This book will be translated into French Does it?
      This would be more than interesting.
      Pending able to buy french

      1. Malheureusement, je ne peux pas parler français, alors l’anglais serait mieux.
        Merci quand même.

    2. Some of my books ‘Hacking Electronics’ and most of my Raspberry Pi and Arduino books have been translated into German, so there is a good chance. It just depends on a German publisher buying the rights. However, it generally takes 6 months to a year before translations start to appear.

      1. I’m not German but I now live in Germany and do hope that those translations get published. Such a wealth of information to share! Many thanks for your hard work.

  3. I honestly can’t see investing in the book when the product seems stale. I mean it’s not gone production, the part editor is not very intuitive, and there are too many commonly used parts missing. Every time I go to try and use it to build a project I can’t find the part I need. The one I found had errors that would preclude building a board with it as it without porting it to a different piece of software to get the boards correct. I love the idea of being able to show my project from breadboard to complete but it’s just not there as it is.

    1. I agree. The parts editor, last time I looked, was based on SVG and seemed overly complex at the time.

      1. The Parts Editor seems complicated, unil you figure out how it works. I use Inkscape to draw up my parts. The XML Editor in Inkscape makes all your dimensions and coordinates a snap. To get started, use a part from Fritzing that is very close to what you need, and edit it in Inkscape. Fritzing has been producing professional boards for my business for over a year now. Even though I did not read Simon’s book, he is quite welcome to contact me about tricks and tips I have gathered.

        1. Yes, if you use Fritzing, you are sometimes going to find that you need to make a part. But as Reuben points out, you can just find a part that’s close to what you want and with a little effort turn it into what you need. (As I show in the book). However, aside from that, compared with any other PCB design software I have seen, the ease of use means that you can be productive almost immediately, without having to wrestle an unfamiliar user interface and learn a really complex piece of software. Fritzing has its place.

          1. I have not seen the book, but if it goes into detail about part construction from scratch, I would probably buy it. It sounds like it only talks about modification of existing parts though.

            The last time I tried to use Fritzing, admittedly a couple of years ago, the part I wanted did not seem to relate to any extant part. It seems like if you want to create a part from scratch, you need to be some kind of guru with particular products.

            A simple guide to creating parts from scratch with more everyday graphical products would, in my opinion, make this a much more popular product. I don’t think I am way out of the ordinary in this view.

        2. I think you should make a blog with these tips and tricks Reuben. Maybe you can get some money with Google advertising! 🙂

        3. i just wonder why there is no onsite system to design parts.

          why you have to have complete knowledge of another program (inkscape) to allow you to change / make parts is ridiculous.

          frizzing has sooooo many minor errors, but alas, its still the easiest to use.

    1. I think the option has been picked up for some of my books in Russian, I don’t know about this one.

  4. I was introduced to Fritzing by a colleague a few months ago. I found it easy to use and fun to create with. For people who just want to mess around with common parts it’s a great package. Creating double sided boards was amazing easy. It allowed me to make a series of level shifter designs just by duplicating my original and moving the parts around to fit a series of boards I was working on. After I exported those design to a PDF file and using the cold toner transfer method printed and etched those boards. Total time for me was about 30 minutes to design, create, print, etch, drill, and populate the 12 different layouts.

    One tip, always test the part from the supplied library, I have found a number of parts with pins that are not assigned correctly, with can make your designs unusable. Make a small test circuit using the schematic view, then check the PCB view for correct pin layout.

  5. I just read the book in one sitting in the library. It gives a great overview with most of the tips and tricks you will need to do a decent job first time. I agree with the above posters that talk about part editing/creation. It looks too complicated to me. Fortunately my project uses stock parts so it’s not an issue for me right now. I like the ability to create a PCB design in shapes other than perfectly rectangular as my board needs to be round. I have not downloaded it yet but I am pretty sure It will streamline the prototyping/design/revision processes!

  6. I started reading it everyday and enjoying what I can learn from this book. It was well written. I am lucky to have found this book made for makers like me.

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  8. Awesome!

    Any way to still get the Arduino Creator kit book? I can’t find it anywhere. There was the english eBook, but I can neither find the *German* book or ebook. Do you still sell those?

    Have a nice day!

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