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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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How do I tell KiCad where the power is coming from on a Eeschema

The problem I am a beginner/novice using KiCad and in creating PCB's, so I do not know much about these things. After following tutorials from YouTube I managed to create or copy symbols to my ...
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USB B to C Receptacle Wiring

Hi I am working on a project and my PCB needs to convert from USB 2.0 to a USB C receptacle. Is this wiring correct? I am using this 14 pin USB C receptacle https://datasheet.lcsc.com/lcsc/...
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How can I prevent the DRC in KiCAD from checking my silkscreen layers?

I am currently working on a PCB with a lot of components which are very close to one another. For this PCB I do not want to manufacture the silkscreen layers and I do not want the DRC to check for ...
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BM1387 Footprint [closed]

I am designing a USB bitcoin miner, the BM1387 seems like a good candidate but locating its footprint dimensions has proven a challenge, anyone with leads please assist. This is the best resource in ...
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PADS 9.5 to KiCAD

I have a .pcb file which is made in PADS 9.5, and I wish to view it in pcbnew in kicad. The current method that I have found on the internet is to first import PADS project to Altium project, and then ...
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Kicad negative plot pdf file export scaling issue

I have been using Kicad for about a month for my project. While finishing up the 2 layer design, I wanted to print out a negative plot on a butter paper with the top and bottom layer printed side by ...
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Kicad: Are these traces all connected (if on same layer)?

I'm a kicad newbie and I'm attempting to do two things: keep my layers to a minimum (only 2) to keep cost down allowing kicad to draw the lines for me. I'm drawing all of my traces on but the auto-...
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Using Kicad & proper part symbols: How do I add these types of parts for through-hole PCB?

Background I am attempting to create a hobbyist PCB (Printed Circuit Board). I'm using some components which I will provide so end-user can assemble them on a PCB (through-hole soldering them on). My ...
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Have I gotten this attiny13 based MOSFET circuit correctly?

I am bit new to electrical engineering and I was hoping to get a sanity check on my reasoning! I want to design a low-powered (battery-driven) plant watering PCB. It uses an attiny13 as the switch for ...
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Is safe to route a rmii (txd0 txd1) track under resistors?

im creating a PCB to connect an ESP32 to a phy (lan8720) and I want do route a trace under some resistors, so there is any problem (crosstalk) doing this ? the trace is txd0 (txd- on picture) under a ...
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Purpose of Bus to Bus Entry (Kicad [Eeschema])

On the far right of Eeschema, there is a button below Wire to Bus Entry: Bus to Bus Entry. What is the purpose of this, and how can it be used?
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Can I mass delete REFs from components in Kicad?

I have a PCB, and it can't nearly fit all of the REF markings on F.SilkS and B.SilkS. I want to just make my own for a few components, e.g. I would write "R1-R16", rather than "R1",...
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How to add embedded mounting hole screw for the NVMe ssd in a PCB?

I am designing a PCB for CM4 where an NVMe SSD M.2 2280 will be used. I need to add the screw terminal/mounting hole fused into the PCB (ref the image: https://www.corsair.com/corsairmedia/sys_master/...
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How to import modules in eagle schematic files into kicad correctly and how to create similar eagle module in kicad?

I have just started learning kicad and schematic design. I am trying to import MKR 1500 arduino eagle files to kicad. I am able to load all the schematic symbols except shifter1. My import procedure: ...
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Is there a way to remove the Ref and Value markings from the preview and final print?

I just started using KiCad. The "Ref" and "Value" markings are getting quite frustrating. I can remove them from the design preview by disabling some layers, but when I open it in ...
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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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KiCad clearance vs JLCPCB clearance

From JLCPCB it lists many type of clearances. However in KiCad, it only lists one type of clearance, and I don't know what it is. 0.5mm is the highest value for clearance in JLCPCB and in KiCad it's ...
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How to keep zones disconnected in KiCad

I have a few zones and vias of the same net that should not connect (the ground return path of some components is sensitive). I currently use keepout areas, which is very time-consuming (strips around ...
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JLCPCB BOM won't work

I've been designing a board for manufacturing with JLCPCB. I've finished all the design and created gerber files etc. Now I'm at the step of creating a BOM from KiCad that works with JLCPCB (I need to ...
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KiCad help for differential pair routing and silk screen layer

I am just routing a differential pair signal for USB 2.0 with 90 ohm impedance with the KiCad differential pair router. For that I have defined DP width as 9 mills and DP spacing as 8 mills for 4 ...
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KiCad pin reordering from PCB designer to avoid crossings

Sometimes pins of a part are equivalent in the sense it does not really matter which is used (typical examples being connectors, terminals, GPIOs.) Is there a way in KiCad to reorder the pins in the ...
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KiCad submodule with terminal

Is it possible to create multiple submodules (hierarchical sheets) that represent separate pcbs and are connected by terminals/wires in the master scheme? If so, how?
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KiCad generating blank PCB when building from schematic

I'm relatively new to KiCad, but I've had some success in the past generating boards and having them manufactured - though admittedly it's been a while. I'm using 5.1.9 on MacOS 10.14, and I've ...
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How can I fix 3D viewer problem on KiCAD?

I am designing a circuit on KiCAD. I added new components to footprint with 3D models. When I open 3D viewer in footprint editor, everything looks fine however when i use the component and open 3D ...
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Is there a Kicad Library loader for Linux?

I am using Designspark pcb with Library loader for years now. Library loader lets me import and use any footprint instantly once I download it. But I want to switch to Linux with KiCad, and I want an ...
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Creating a PCB - Electrical Schematic for AMIS 30543

I'm working on a project and I'm at the phase of combining the components into one PCB. Right now I'm stuck trying to understand some inconsistencies with a stepper motor drivers' documentation. The ...
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Eeschema, least painful way of changing pin order per symbol instance

I'm considering using Eeschema to create block diagrams. More or less just lots of abstract rectangles with ins and outs, interconnected. It will look like xcos/Simulink. For better readability, I'd ...
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Can KiCad enforce a copper pour/plane?

Is it possible to get KiCad to represent and then enforce (via design rules) the inclusion of copper pours? Something like this:- I know it can be done manually at the layout stage, but can it be ...
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How should the correct cooling drawing be for the footprint on the d2pac case in kicad?

I have bta16 triac.(Package: d2pac)I want to do heatsink with pcb.Do you have a ready drawing? I want to examine.in kicad.I need to example layout.Thanks
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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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KiCAD: Weird ratsnest

I am in the process of hooking up the ratsnest in pcbNew, in KiCAD. I finished with the process, except the last connection. Here it is: The upper copper layer is set to Vdd. As you can see, the ...
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KiCAD: addting a micro via to a footprint

I need to make a footprint in KiCAD that has a micro via. Is this possible? The footprint will sit on a 4-layer board and I need a micro via from F.Cu to In1.Cu.
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KiCAD: Connections are not the same in schematic and pcbNew

This is a portion of my schematic: Now, I try to create the traces in pcbNew. Here is the portion of pcbNew: In the schematic: C4 is connected to pin 1 of U1 and to pin 2 of U1 C1 is connected to ...
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Kicad bus pins in ngspice nelisting

In Kicad v5.1.9-1.fc32 release build, I have the following schematics. When netlisted for Ngspice, it provides the following netlist. ...
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Is there a way to import a PCB layout from one "sheet" into a multisheet in KiCad?

I am making a multisheet schematic and I'm appending schematics from other projects into the multisheet. They take their netlist along with them which is great but, is there a way to take their PCB ...
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KiCAD: Resetting pcbNew

I have created a pcb with KiCAD. Unfortunately, there were some errors with the pcb and i have to redraw. The problems all lie within the pcbNew program... My schematic, footprints and generally ...
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Op-amp - can't choose the right model for the PCB model

I'm thinking of using an op-amp in my circuit. Here is my circuit: Now I'm making the PCB model in KiCAD: I don't know how to find the right model of my op-amp -> U1, U2, and U3. Can someone ...
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How to mark pin as driven in KiCad?

In my schematic output of MOSFET is driving USB power, however KiCad thinks that this MOSFET pin is passive and complains that USB is not driven. On top level schematic USB_OUT is connected to VCC, ...
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KiCAD: Potential error in designing schematic symbol

I received a part of a schematic. It is this one: When i received my parts, i saw that the pinout was reversed. 1-8 was on the left side, while 9-16 was on the right side. At that time, i didn't know ...
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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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KiCAD: Footprint etc. for a breakout board on a PCB, which is to be designed

(I am no native English speaker....) I am a very beginner to KiCAD (not to electronics, though) and want to design my first PCB with KiCAD (Linux): A Nixie clock. To make my life a little more easier, ...
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Is the there a KiCAD plugin for making automatic board outlines?

Is there a plugin for kicad that can make simple shaped board outlines automatically? For example rectangles, rectangles with rounded edges etc. I think that could be super usefull. Beacuse at the ...
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KiCad -- layout, how to remove extra vertexes from filled zones

In KiCad's layout tool, we can add a vertex to the outline of a "filled zone" with the "Insert" key. Sometimes I put in too many, change my mind etc, and they get annoying. How to ...
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PCB with KiCAD: Possible error in routing decoupling capacitors

I was inspecting my work with my first PCB in KiCAD. I was looking at the 3d model, and I was checking out the three decoupling capacitors I have placed. I noticed that they do not actually connect ...
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Flooding GND plane in the top side has any problems?

Hope Everyone is doing well. I got confused in the grounding of PCB. I checked many open hardware boards I noticed they don't flood GND plane in the top side to connect SMD components( all components ...
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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: Cannot see traces on a PCB side which has been filled with copper

I made a bottom side copper fill. Then I drew traces on the back side, coming from the top side copper. (Top side copper trace -> via -> Draw Trace -> via -> Back to top side trace drawing....
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KiCAD: Adding a label to schematic produces error in Pcbnew

I had a schematic, then I went to do layout work in Pcbnew. I layed out the parts and then proceeded to draw the easy traces, the low hanging fruit. This is the PCB at this point: I had created a GND ...
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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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