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Footprints are the CAD representations of the pads (and other physical/mechanical features) of a board-level component.

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OrCAD Footprint in .brd layout different from the .dra file

I made a custom footprint for an 8 pin TSSOP IC, using custom padstacks and creating a new package (no wizard). Each of the four pins on a side are 0.3mm wide and 0.5mm apart (BSC). In the .dra file ...
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Finding footprints and symbols for common components

I am wanting to use a 5x2 IDC connector in my project which are quite common. Most IDC connectors such as https://www.digikey.co.nz/en/products/detail/cnc-tech/3020-10-0100-00/3441723 don't have a ...
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KiCad 4 CvPcb: Why does adding a GitHub repo have no effect?

I'm trying to import the NetTie footprint library into CvPcb to implant a net tie into my PCB layout. I added the URL as a global library to the library table, but after clicking OK, I miss anything ...
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Footprint is Driving Me Crazy!

I'm trying to make a footprint for this switch: https://www.ckswitches.com/media/1910/rm.pdf They don't list the XY locations of the pins, just that they are 45 degrees apart but with some trouble I ...
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How do I find this component's footprint?

I have this socket adapter that I need to make a footprint for (the header pin part), but I can't find the mechanical drawing anywhere: https://www.ebay.com/itm/133771173193?hash=item1f25621d49:g:...
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Which Kicad footprint represents a 2.2 µF MKP audio coupling capacitor?

I'd like to add six rectangular-shaped 2.2 µF MKP capacitors used as coupling caps for an audio circuit to my PCB in Kicad, but I'm not quite sure about the right footprint. What makes the choice even ...
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elongated footprint pads for LGA, BGA, QFN packages

Sometimes I need to add more solder in between a capsule and its land patterns, other times I even need to remove some. It would be much easier if the footprint pads were protruding out from ...
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Solder pad with no copper circles inside?

I'm trying to use a ROHM BD9F800MUX (buck PMIC regulator with synchronous regulation.) Upon looking at their footprint guide, it has something I have not seen before and is poorly documented. It ...
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Compatibility of package/footprint names

Whenever I look up footprints and packages of components I am confused by the name, for example: SOT-23 and SOT-23-6 The 6 seems to stand for the number of pins. But for: SOT-23 and SOT-23-3 It seems ...
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Footprint dimensions don't add up

The screen capture below was taken from the datasheet for Pulse's PA2369NL transformer. However, it doesn't make much sense to me. All measurements are in mm. Take for example, the separation between ...
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Why does the footprint change when I add it to the schematic?

I am using "FTSH-105-01-L-D-K" in my PCB design. When I check the footprint of this component directly through library, I can see that there is enough clearance between the pads (please ...
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How do I find the center of a part when making a footprint for a component that will be used in a centroid file?

Often the footprint I need is not in the existing libraries and I need to make my own. For example one of the dozens of micro USB footprints. When I make a footprint and then send for assembly at ...
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Is combined footprint for LQFP and UFQFPN packages a good idea?

We are struggling to source STM32L4Q5CG chips due to global semiconductor shortage. Normally I am using LQFP48 package which allows me to easily rework PCB if necessary. But sometimes UFQFPN chips ...
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Three different dimensions shown in package drawing, what do they mean?

I have an IC that uses this package from analog devices: https://www.analog.com/media/en/package-pcb-resources/package/pkg_pdf/lfcspcp/cp_8_5.pdf. Most of the dimensions are shown in three numbers: I ...
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KiCad footprint for a diode

How do I determine what kind of footprint is needed for the RBR20NS60A diode? Its datasheet is linked here.
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What are the boundaries around pads in KiCad PcbNew and what are their functions?

I am learning to design PCBs in KiCad. Right now I am using footprints I found online. In PcbNew I find there is a boundary surrounding each pad. In footprints found in KiCad, these boundaries don't ...
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How to identify pin 1 from mechanical design

Looking at 10142048 datasheet from TE I'm not sure how to identify pin 1 from top side. At page 9 there are the pin assignments from bottom side only. Now, I guess: ...
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AC Plug Type F PCB design?

I am designing a smart plug device. I need an ac plug footprint for my design. I will use type F (schuko) plug but I could not find its design files for altium. Can somebody inform me? Thanks in ...
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RF trace matching network component pad sizes

I'm creating an RF connection between a PSoC4 BLE device and the cypress MIFA antenna according to this app note. I'm confused about the pads that are required by the components used in the RF ...
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Import DXF defined padstacks in to Allegro/Orcad PCB

I'm using Orcad PCB Professional 17.4-2019 S017 I've got a symbol with some funky pads on it, one the padstack editor cannot generate. Here's where I'm trying to get to. Green is mask boundary, blue ...
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Altium avoid DRC error coming from footprint that are not errors

This connector has a "placement pin" through its external pad. It leads to this design: The fact that the pin hole is in the pad leads to a DRC error. There's also a DRC error for the other ...
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Looking for a pin-compatible to LT1013DID rail-to-rail in/out op-amp

I have designed a circuit using LT1013DID (SOIC 8 footprint) op-amp and while Spice simulation worked, I forgot about input common-mode voltage limit (which it seems is not simulated) and thus need an ...
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How do I make sure my part matches with the eagle part selected?

I need help matching the part I have with the eagle part. I'm using a RPX-1.0 data sheet pdf: https://www.mouser.com/datasheet/2/468/RPX_1_0-1903909.pdf It is a 3mm by 5mm qfn with 16 pins but it ...
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Pads in IC's corners

One can sometimes observe rectangle pads in the corners of some IC's footprints: What are they for?
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Creating a footprint for a component with plastic "bumps"

I think that I can best describe my question by giving two examples: This is a TRS audio jack: https://uk.farnell.com/lumberg/1503-03/connector-receptacle-3-5mm-phono/dp/1216980. It has two plastic &...
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Symbol for SAW filter - DEA142450BT-3028A1

I wanted to create a symbol for the SAW filter to use for my project in PADS Professional Designer, but when I try to download the part through "PartQuest" it has no symbol or footprint. In ...
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Kicad Footprint Validation Conflict

I am trying to create a simple SMA connector footprint in Kicad but whenever I try to save the footprint to a library, Kicad generates a "validation conflict" error. I have no visibility ...
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SMT Multi-Footprint Size to IPC standards for production

I am currently designing a board that will need end up getting CE tested, and I am currently testing the effects of different sized decoupling capacitors but I am constrained on space. I want to make ...
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Is it possible to create Altium PCB footprints without designator labels?

I'm pretty new to Altium, have years of experience with Orcad. At the moment I'm in the process of filling a PCB library. Among them there are no-BOM footprints like test points, mounting holes and ...
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Altium mechanical layers not showing up in layer selection

edit: I'm dumb I realized I could just press "l" and manually add in the mechanical layers I need I have a few .PcbLib documents, and all but one of them I am able to select lines, polygons, ...
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IPC-7351 vs manufacturer pad dimensions

If I were to make a make a footprint, even for a simple component like a 0603 cap, and the manufacturers recommendation differs from IPC-7351, would it be recommended to start with the manufacturers ...
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Are KiCad's horizontal 2.54" pin header and 90 degree pin headers equivalent?

I was experimenting with PCB layout in KiCad and noticed that the Connector_PinHeader_2.54mm > PinHeader_1x06_P2.54mm_Horizontal footprint and a physical 90 degree pin header I have do not seem to ...
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How to associate multiple symbols with one footprint in KiCad

I made a schematic for a 5 band analog EQ. I used OP Amps to make active bandpass filters for various frequencies within the human hearing range which means when I made my schematic I drew 5 OP Amps ...
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Locating and Adding Arduino Due Schematic/Footprint to Altium

I am working on the design of a PCB that is being used to allow for quick/modular swapping of sensors with specific types of connectors to various pins on an Arduino Due board. I have looked but I am ...
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Altium Footprint has a huge room than the footprint itself

I have a problem regarding footprint clearance or something similar while using Altium 18.1.11. The problem occurred as I designed a Pad with via on it but when I imported it to the PCB doc, the part ...
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KiCAD: "Footprint has no courtyard defined" using Arduino shield template

I made an Arduino shield with KiCAD. When I finished the board in PCBnew, I ran a design rules check. I got "Footprint has no courtyard defined" on all the mounting holes in the shield ...
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KiCAD: Ideal directory to store custom footprint

I downloaded a footprint for one IC from the internet. It contained a .kicad_mod and a STEP file. I have a directory where my project lives, so inside there are .pcb, .pro, .sch file and so on.... ...
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KiCAD: Footprint for pushbutton (arduino)

In the last days i was trying to figure out how footprints for KiCAD work. With help from people of this forum, i have achieved in completed all the footprints except one. I have a pushbutton for an ...
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KiCAD: Footprints for {Axial, Horizontal, Through Hole} Resistors

I have these two resistors in my schematic, that i want to find footprints for: Body dimensions = 2.5 x 6.8mm AND Leads dimensions = 0.6 x 28mm (like this one: https://www.acdcshop.gr/...
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KiCAD: Footprint selection for common through hole parts (resistors and capacitors)

I am in the stage that I have finished my schematic and I have to select footprints for my components before heading over to PCBnew. However, I could not find a guide on how to select footprints for ...
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3d footprint (PCB) on PADS

I have uploaded a feed imprint from Mouser electronics site. the symbol and the Footprint are good. but when I look at the component in 3d on the software (pads logic and pads layout) I see the power ...
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How to know component's offset when making custom footprint

First of all, I'm using KiCAD, but I guess the same problematic exists in any layout software. When I need to create a custom footprint for an SMD component, I only set the coordinates of whatever ...
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Why do I get these odd foot prints from JLCPCB - 0602 and 1206

Why do I get these foot prints from JLCPCB? The parts are regular 0602 and 1206 and capacitors. I'm using KiCad 5.1.7. No external libraries. Everything is default. My GerbView:
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Identify cable connector for fingerprint sensor

I want to create a custom PCB to which this fingerprint sensor will connect. The problem is that I cannot identify which connector it uses. The sellers on Amazon and other sites don't know about it. ...
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What USB-C Footprint is this?

I have to replace a USB-C connector. After desoldering I found a rather uncommon footprint. Has anyone seen this footprint before and knows where to find a new connector of this type? Thank you!
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KiCAD 5 ‒ Is ist possible for a footprint to have multiple courtyards?

One of the components I am using is really a daughterboard that plugs into two rows of pin headers. Under the daughterboards, between the pin headers, there is space for a additional components. I ...
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Reducing Thermal Pad Size Below Official Footprint - Can It Create Manufacturability Problems?

I'm using a DP83867 Ethernet chip by Texas Instruments in an S-PQFP-G64, 10 x 10 mm package, the mechanical dimension and its recommended footprint are shown at the end of the question. As shown, the ...
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How to merge polygons into a single pad?

I need to create a pad in a PCB footprint, This pad is created using these 3 polygons but I dont know how to merge them together into one pad. I am using Altium 17. edit Thanks to Chris's comment,It ...
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Texas Instruments Step-Down DC-DC Converter orientation

I have a Step Down DC-DC Converter IC, purchased from Texas Instruments. Part number: TPS54331 Datasheet: www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/tps54331.pdf?ts=1599690098737&ref_url=https%253A%252F%252Fwww....
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Maintaining clearances in HV MOSFET footprints

I'm thinking of making a prototype PCB which would use a bridge rectified AC, which will end up with peaks around 350V in my area (+/- some smoothing). It's a through-hole design and the circuit will ...

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