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 and getting the exact dimensions and shapes for the key holes / registration shapes is proving to be a royal pain in the butt!

  • \$\begingroup\$ Can kicad import dxf files? \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 18:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ Depends how new a version of Kicad norlesh is using. The developer-version has a dxf-import. But there is also a dxf2brd-tool available which converts dfx files into the Kicad-board format. \$\endgroup\$
    – og1L
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 19:51

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So after further search I came across a two+ step solution. It involves importing a monochrome image using Bitmap2Component within kicad and saving it in a mod file following this tutorial then to get correct dimensions run the mod file through the online KiCad Bitmap2Component Scaler.

note that the scaler utility allows you to choose the kicad layer it saves to so you shouldn't need to edit the layer by hand as suggested in the first link.

It's a bit of a kludge but hopefully it gets the job done for others.


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