Kicad EDA is an open source (GPL) software package for the creation of electronic schematic diagrams and printed circuit board artwork.

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Kicad plotting/printing

I made a really simple scheme/pcb using Kicad (on Ubuntu 14.04). Now I'd like to print this and make my PCB, but I can't figure out how to properly plot the damn thing! When I plot using gerber ...
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Power Isolation generating error in KiCAD

I've created a ferrite bead part with two passive pins. When I insert it in a power line, it causes an error "ErrType(3): Pin connected to some others pins but no pin to drive it" Changing the pins to ...
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Placing a QFP 52 footprint on the PCB in KiCAD

I'm new to PCB design and want to make an adapter board from an SMD QFP52 package to DIP. Apparently QFP52 is not very common so I cannot find it in the library. There appears to be no pre-existing ...
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KiCad auto placer to compliment auto router

All, I have been designing few prototype PCB in KiCad and etching them using the Laser toner transfer method. This is working great as of now but as my circuit is getting complex, I am unable to place ...
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Grounded coplanar waveguide with KiCAD

I am trying to design a simple pcb board with a grounded cpw (see attached image). I am totally new to KiCAD, and just need some help to get started. How do I design the top and the bottom (grounded) ...
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How to add a library to Cvpcb?

I have a footprint file for a component (.mod). There doesn't seem to be an option to import it though. How to do it? Also the left-hand menu here doesn't seem to do anything.
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How should I design a schematic component for a component library?

This is my first time making schematic components, of which I will then be making the footprints for PCB designs. I'm using KiCad. I don't know the best "layout" for the components I'm making. For ...
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Importing component library on Kicad

I'd like to import a component library that I downloaded into my Kicad. I am running the latest Kicad for Windows as shown below. I have added the directory containing the library into the library ...
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Kicad footprint for right angle mount with 2 circular through holes

Currently I have created a footprint by using one large retangular pad + 2 through holes. However the DRC picks this up as an error. Is there a better or more correct way to do this? Or is the DRC ...
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KiCad equivalent of EAGLE attributes

Before I ask my question, I think this might be a good space to point out that EAGLE's attributes feature is incredibly cool. Here are a few particular use cases that illustrate its power: For ...
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KiCAD - Moving and rotating components with wires connected

I'm a major major noob to KiCAD and having done a couple of tuts in Eagle, I do like the separation of footprints from the schema. But one thing that took me by surprise is that the wire connections ...
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SIM968 Library for KiCAD

I want to add the component SIM968 GSM/GNSS Module to my KiCAD project. But I am not able to download any library from anywhere like I found one for the SIM908 while I was using Eagle. Any advices ...
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What's the best workflow for creating gerber files from, say, an HFSS project?

I am curious how everyone gets their RF/microwave designs from their preferred simulation/design suite (HFSS is just an example) into a gerber file for fabrication. What's a good workflow, including ...
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Possible to use external graphics program to design KiCad edge cuts?

Is it possible to create the outline for your PCB using a drawing package and then apply it within KiCad somehow to make your edge cuts? I am designing a board that must fit into a 72 pin SIMM socket ...
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KiCAD pin assigment

What would be the best way to connect multiple pins of a module/footprint to a single pin in the schematic in KiCAD? Do I have to edit the module and set the same pin name for the pins I want to ...
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0.1 inch header in KiCAD

Following this link, I made 0.1 inch footprint library in KiCAD. Also made the schematic symbol. I need 2x14 pin 0.1 inch header. So after making the footprint, I see below error in the pcbnew after ...
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Is there a Raspberry Pi B+ GPIO header footprint for kicad?

I attempted to make my own using the ModEdit utility in kicad but I'm still having issues adjusting it to the grid even though I followed the standard 0.1'' pitch. It still seems to be off. Is there ...
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KiCAD: Error Type (13) - Track crossing

In the routing phase, how do you avoid track crossing error? It seems I can't connect some pads without track crossing. Looks like I am missing some techniques. Can anyone please help?
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Orcad to Kicad schematic

I am looking into a reference design which was probably done using Orcad. I am using KiCAD for my design. In the reference design, there are schematic symbols like >> and <<. According to this ...
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Printing with Gerbview - Respect Track width

I am printing some circuits to a sheet with Gerbview and KiCad. However, the physically printed out tracks are the same width no matter what they are set to or displayed as in PCBnew. Since I am ...
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KiCad - what does this syntax Highlighitng mean, why can't connections be made?

Everything turns yellow and it won't let me make ANY connections in Pcbnew. Does anyone know why this is? Also, when I import the netlist, there are no rat's nest! This is the diagram, but I was ...
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Why is there no rat's nest in this file? (KiCad)

Can anyone tell me anything about this schematic that might cause it not to have a rat's nest? By the default settings, most pins are warnings. This is simply a bus for some buttons on a pull down ...
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Choosing a footprint in KiCad?

So, let's say I'm composing a schematic for a circuit I'm designing in KiCad, and... done. I now have to to choose a footprint for my components. How does one ...
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KiCad latest version under Ubuntu 14.04 AMD64

Schematics editor works perfectly, but I could not find any way to link some footprints. There is probably an error in the library path. Is there any help or workaround available?
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PCB- Vias to bypass inner layers

I am using kicad to make a four-layer PCB board. Signal Ground Power Signal I need a via that goes all the way from top layer to bottom layer. I don't want the via to get connected with the ...
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Schematics: where do I need to place a junction?

I'm a bit confused about where I need to place a junction on the schematic, and where I don't. For example: When I connect a part, like a resistor or cap, to a wire, do I need to add a junction ...
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PCB Design: What is the minimum value of Via Dia and Via Drill size?

I am using KiCad and I am new in PCB design. I want to use Fusion PCB service (SeeedStudio) for the boards. In their forum, they say that the minimum Via Drill size is 0.03 mm. But in SeeedsStudio's ...
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How do I connect the certral pad of a QFN24 to the Ground in Kicad?

I need to connect the central pad of the QFN24 to the ground I got the package from the library that came with the Kicad (libcsm). I tried to edit the module and assign this pad to a number, then ...
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KiCad : How can I create a footprint with thermal vias?

I have a SMD chip that gets pretty warm when operating and I want to try and design a footprint that allows more ventilation and extra copper to keep it in range. Does anyone know of a tutorial that ...
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Placing separate 5V rails on a single schematic/board in Kicad

I'm working on a board with what is essentially two separate circuits. Both will run on 5V supplies but I would like to keep them separate in case I need to power them from separate sources. They do ...
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Off-board connected nets in KiCAD

I am creating a PCB which has multiple ground pads which are connected together off-board. Pcbnew however doesn't know this, so it continues to draw white connecting lines between the ground pads, and ...
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Kicad trace thickness and autorouter

Using Kicad, how do I go about specifying a trace thickness for power rails larger than the default in such a way that this info can be used by freerouter? A section or page reference into one of ...
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KiCad: Component outline on the soldering pad - will it disturb the soldering process?

Lots of KiCad's SMD components (including capacitors and resistors) print the component outlines over the solder pad. The pictures are shown below, please notice C25-27, R5-6 and D2-3 PCB design ...
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Kicad: Switching front Silk for Back Silk

I'm making a circuit using kicad and I want to add the silkscreen to it. It is a 1-layer board that I created using the front copper layer (red) of Pcbnew. The problem is that now the silkscreen ...
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Definitive land pattern for 0603 SMD capacitors?

So, I am trying to figure out what pad size to use for 0603 (imperial) SMD capacitors. The datasheet for the particular capacitors I plan to use provides part dimensions but does not recommend a land ...
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KiCad: can I give different names to different parts of the same net?

Is it possible to give different names to different parts of the same net in KiCAD? I'm setting up to do an autorouted layout (yes, I know, autorouters are evil, but they save a lot of time and ...
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How do I change the default silkscreen font size in Kicad?

I'm trying to place a bunch of small text on the silkscreen in Kicad but I don't see where to change the default size. Where is this setting in Kicad?
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Can I make KiCAD pcbnew NOT place all components at (0,0)

In EAGLE, when you create a board from an existing schematic or incrementally add components to a linked board/schematic project, it does not overlap components in the board file. In KiCAD/Pcbnew I ...
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Drill files from Kicad for PTH and NPTH

I have a board in Kicad that uses a mixture of plated and non-plated through holes. It generates two drill files for these. However, manufacturers seem to expect only a single file. If they don't ...
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Kicad - Module refernces are being rendered, but don't show up on gerber plots

I am working on an open source design. I can view all the layers in PCBNew. The module references show up on the screen. They are visible even when I deselect Front Silk Screen (F.SilkS) in the layers ...
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Splicing Buses in Kicad

I would like to be able to splice two buses in kicad into a third larger bus. Say I have a subsheet with an output pin connected to a 16 wire bus (an unrelated note, it took me a while to figure out ...
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Kicad: How to add a Filled Zone around a Net with a single pin?

I am designing a PCB in Kicad and I need to add a filled zone around a single pin (pin needs to become part of the zone, not an island). For some reason, when the "Copper Zone" tool provides me with ...
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Signal bus in Kicad

I would like to know how does one design a signal bus in schematic in KiCad. I only worked in Eagle before and I cannot figure it out. E.g. - I have 5 digital signals going to another part of circuit ...
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Elliptical board edges in KiCAD or CircuitPro?

I am trying to use KiCAD to design a PCB which must fit into an existing case. One side of the PCB needs to be shaped as a specific elliptical arc segment. I can figure out the parameters of the ...
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Save KiCad Design Rules as default

When I edit my KiCad design rules they get saved to the PCB layout for that project, but is there a way to save them as the default so that they are always that for every project?
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OSH Park setup for KiCad

Anyone know the exact setup needed to send KiCad files to OSH Park? Specifically how to set the trace widths correctly?
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Kicad Eeschema 'Power Symbol' with local scope?

AFAIK, Power symbols in Eeschema have global scope. What is the best way to achieve local scope power rails? The only one I can think of is using normal net labels or hierarchical label. When does ...
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'Footprint Field' visibility options in Eeschema (Kicad)

I have added the footprint information to various components in Eeschema (e.g. added sm0402 to a resistor). A purple label then appears indicating the that a footprint has been assigned. Is there ...
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Put component designators on the PCB's silkscreen in KiCad

I'm doing my firs PCB design, and I've choose to use KiCad. The problem that I'm encountering is that when I look at my board in 3D view, the components' designators does not appear to be on the ...
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Making a schematic in KiCad; how to represent connections from another circuit board?

I'm using KiCad to design a circuit for my latest project. This board includes a number of transistors whose bases are connected to off-board signals. What's the proper way to represent this, so when ...