Fabrication

Let’s imagine that you have finished with laying out your board in Kicad and you’re ready to make it. What are your options? Well, you can do it yourself at home. There’s a nice guide here from Fritzing, athttp://fritzing.org/learning/tutorials/pcb-production-tutorials/diy-pcb-etching/. Etching, a process by which you can make your PCBs at home. The process described in […]

The Kicad design process

In this chapter you will learn about Kicad’s PCB design workflow. The process of designing a PCB using Kicad begins with Eeschema. The process begins with Eescema. In Eeschema we create the electrical schematic that describes the circuit that eventually will be printed onto the PCB board. We draw the schematic by picking components from […]

Finding documentation

By some measures Kicad is the most popular PCB computer-aided design (CAD)  open source software in the world. As a result it is no accident that it’s got some of the best documentation out there. If you look for the documentation in the help menu in the main Kicad window, will receive a message that […]

Kicad main components

Now that you have KiCad installed, lets go inside and have a look at its main components. Double click on the KiCad icon to start the program. Kicad and its components This is the main window in KiCad. It gives you access to the various applications that come with it. On the left side, the […]

Installation for Mac OS X

In this chapter, we’ll install KiCad on the Mac. There is KiCad support for many other operating systems as well, including downloading the source code and compiling from the source code if you know how to do that. Here, we’ll keep it simple and install the already compiled version. Let’s go into the Mac OS […]

Installation on Mac OS X

In this chapter, we’ll install KiCad on the Mac. There is KiCad support for many other operating systems as well, including downloading the source code and compiling from the source code if you know how to do that. Here, we’ll keep it simple and install the already compiled version. Let’s go into the Mac OS […]

Installation for Microsoft Windows

In this chapter, we’ll install KiCad on Windows. To do this, you will need to use your web browser and navigate to http://kicad-pcb.org/download/. The main Kicad download page, at http://kicad-pcb.org/download KiCad comes precompiled for a variety of operating systems, so all the major operating systems are supported. But if you prefer, you can even download […]

Kicad basics introduction

In this introductory section of the book, first I will help you setup KiCad on your computer and show you where to find help for when you need it. Then, I will discuss the basic components and terminology of PCBs. I will spend a few minutes talking about Κicad’s PCB design process, which is worth […]