The world needs a freely available tool for designing open-source hardware. Without it, designers do not have the freedom to share their work efficiently. KiCad is that tool, and you can help to develop it.
A stable release of KiCad Version 6 could become available very soon, so that everybody can profit from its enhanced features. With an extra 600 hours of expert development, this might become a reality!
Contribute to KiCad Version 6 with a donation and help us reach the goal of 600 hours of expert development that can make the new release available sooner than you think.
Almost a year after the release of KiCad 4.0.7, the KiCad development team is proud to present a new and improved KiCad 5.0 release!
The stable release version 5.0.0 is made from the stable 5.0 branch. KiCad binaries should be available now or in the very near future for download for Windows, macOS and Linux. See the download page for guidance.
Instructions for packagers can be found on the download page describing how to build from source . Below are also some packaging packaging related changes since the 4.0 releases. The official KiCad libraries have also seen a lot of improvement in management, style and consistency by the librarians. Read more about this on the new library section on the website.
Thank you to all developers, packagers, librarians, document writers, translators, and everyone else who helped make this release possible.
From MakersBox on Tindie:
Learn to solder, and learn a little bit about electronics as well
Soldering can seem a bit daunting,
but it is easier than it looks and it is a skill that opens a world of DIY projects to you. This project is the perfect way to not only learn how to solder, but to show off your new found skill to your friends and family.
Unlike other simple soldering project, this one will also teach you about circuits, and how they work. And it has a switch to save the battery. More power to you!
What you get:
- A perfect purple PCB made in the USA by OSH Park.
- An RGB LED that will open the all the mysteries of color mixing to you.
- A resistor, which in addition to being the easiest component to learn how to solder, will also save your battery life.
- A switch, which far more than the resistor, will save your battery and allow you to sleep at night not wondering how long that color changing LED will continue to light up the room.
- A battery holder for the CR2032, the best and most cost effective lithium coin cell on the planet*.
While most PCBs can be simple rectangles, sometimes the design requires more complex geometry. EDA tools don’t always make this simple, so we will go over a few KiCad tips to make it easier. In this talk you will learn how to import unique board shapes from Fusion 360, create arbitrary fill zones using images, and embed high-frequency RF filters. We will use multiple software packages to enhance KiCad’s performance beyond its obvious use.
In Part 6 of the Digi-Key Introduction to KiCad series Shawn walks us through the board layout stage with pcbnew. Shawn will show us how to import a net list, arrange components, draw a board outline, and make trace connections.
Learn how to design boards in KiCad this Saturday, April 28th, with Michael Welling:
We’ve asked Michael Welling of Qwerty Embedded Design to come to Reno to drop some knowledge on KiCad, an open source and multi-platform schematic capture and PCB layout tool. Michael uses KiCad for some of his famous designs such as LoFive, PocketBone, and BaconBits. Space is limited and you should have some basic electronics and CAD skills under your belt already to make the most of this unique opportunity.
This event will be recorded and live-streamed to the GroupGets YouTube channel
9:30am – 12:30pm
2:00pm – 5:00pm
What to Bring:
If you would like to follow along bring a Laptop with KiCad installed
KiCad EDA (http://kicad-pcb.org/)
Michael Welling (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mwelling/)
Qwerty Embedded Design (https://groupgets.com/manufacturers/qwerty-embedded-design)
PCB Art is likely as old as the manufacturing process itself. It has evolved over time from engineers hiding easter eggs in wasted space to whole companies devoted to the intricate authentic design. Andrew has created his own style by using each layer of the PCB to make multi-color images from computer generated designs. In this chat he will talk about his process of turning photos into PCBs as well as tricks to getting high resolution results with KiCad.
In this chat, we’ll be talking about PCB artwork:
- Bitmap to SVG Converstion (Inkscape and Illustrator)
- Kicad Footprint creation
- PCB Fabrication Limits