I've created a board with an outline that was created on the edge cuts layer. I've selected 'Board area only' and I've deselected 'Print board edges'. When I try to plot the SVG file for the F.Cu copper layer, it plots the entire drawing sheet instead of the board alone. What am I missing? I haven't found any similar issues documented regarding svg exporting =(

I'm curious if there is a configuration setting I need to check elsewhere? Any troubleshooting advice is appreciated.

I'm using KiCad Application: KiCad (5.0.2-5)-5, release build on OSX 10.13.

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Unfortunately, the svg is not cropped to the board area only. See below enter image description here


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It is likely that you have some design element that exists outside of your expected board area.

You can check this by running DRC and looking for unconnected items (if they are copper) or by enabling all of the other layers and visually inspecting the board area.

KiCad will choose the "Board Area Only" based on all of the elements in your design, not just the visible elements, so that will include layers that are not output in your SVG.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Amazing. I would not have thought of this. I look into this possibility. Thank you! \$\endgroup\$
    – jungledev
    Commented Mar 5, 2019 at 14:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ Another possibility is that you have a not quite closed outline. (The endpoints of neighboring elements must be within a quite small tolerance. Current nightly which will become version 5.1 within the next few weeks has a check for this as part of DRC.) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 5, 2019 at 22:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ my buggy mouse somehow added a zig zag line on a hidden layer. Removing the line resolved my issue. Thanks. \$\endgroup\$
    – jungledev
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 14:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ I can't say that I follow everything you wrote. But, if you feel that there is a bug, I'd recommend reporting it at bugs.launchpad.net/kicad along with an image and (ideally) a test board that demonstrates the issue. Regressions usually get handled very quickly. \$\endgroup\$
    – Seth
    Commented Apr 1, 2019 at 16:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for providing the link. I decided it would be helpful for users to see this ongoing conversation here as well. I have filed a bug for it. with screenshots. bugs.launchpad.net/kicad/+bug/1822645 \$\endgroup\$
    – jungledev
    Commented Apr 1, 2019 at 16:33

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