I was the original author of QAutorouter, sorry, I've been in hybernation for the last year while I keep my livelyhood from going under. Still up to my neck, but I've been able to loosen up some cycles and I have just started to work on QAutorouter again.
I've been studying searching and routing algorithms over the last year or two, and I think I have a pretty good handle on plan for a simple routing algorithm. The path finder will be based on the A* path finding algorithm at the core, using a manhattan-length heuristic future-cost estimation function, then wrapped in some kinds of "fitting" helpers that account for track widths, punching through layers, etc...
Anybody interested in that sort of thing, help would certainly be welcome.
On 04/28/2014 08:41 PM, 'Andrew Lynch <L...@YAHOO.COM>' via N8VEM-S100 'Andrew Lynch <L...@googlegroups.com>> wrote:
If you are looking to make an important lasting contribution to hobbyist home electronics and are software proficient please consider working on QAutorouter project.
KiCAD has only rudimentary autorouting capability and relies on FreeRouting.net.
This is inherently dangerous as FreeRouting is closed source proprietary software.
There is a long standing and sincere need for free hobbyist PCB autorouting/push & shove manual routing software.
Thanks and have a nice day!
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