Friday Hack Chat: KiCad with Wayne Stambaugh

KiCad is the premiere open source electronics design automation suite. It’s used by professionals and amateurs alike to design circuits and layout out printed circuit boards. In recent years we’ve seen some incredible features added to KiCad like an improved 3D viewer and push-and-shove routing. This Friday at 10 am PST, join in a Hack…

via Friday Hack Chat: KiCad EDA Suite with Wayne Stambaugh — Hackaday

Friday Hack Chat: KiCad with Wayne Stambaugh

Convert Inkscape SVG drawings to KiCad footprints

Thanks to facelesstech for tweeting this design tip:


svg2mod by mtl is a small program to convert Inkscape SVG drawings to KiCad footprint module files:svg2mod-dt

SVG graphics in KiCad (svg2mod)

There didn’t seem to be a good way to get vector graphics into Pcbnew, so I wrote a small utility that uses an existing SVG library to read files, and then writes them out as KiCad modules.

The project is hosted on GitHub:

It uses cjlano’s python SVG parser and drawing module to interpret drawings and approximate curves using straight line segments. Module files can be output in KiCad’s legacy or s-expression (i.e., pretty) formats. Horizontally mirrored modules are automatically generated for use on the back of a 2-layer PCB.



Convert Inkscape SVG drawings to KiCad footprints

KiCad 4.0.5 Stable Release

kicad_logo_newThe KiCad project recently announced a new stable release:

KiCad 4.0.5 Stable Release

The 4.0.5 stable version contains critical bug fixes and version string improvements since the last release. The stable release version 4.0.5 is made from the stable 4.0 branch with bug fixes cherry picked from the development branch of KiCad.

KiCad binaries for Windows, OS X, and several GNU/Linux distributions can be found on the download page:


Please note that KiCad board files (.kicad_pcb) can be uploaded directly to our website:


Wondering who is involved in the development of KiCad?  Project leader Wayne Stambaugh presented at FOSDEM last year about the past, present, and future of the KiCad project:

Wayne also presented at FOSDEM 2016 back in March, but the audio and video quality is worse than the 2015 video.

KiCad 4.0.5 Stable Release

Creating A PCB In Everything: KiCad, Part 2

This is the continuation of a series where I create a PCB in every software suite imaginable. Last week, I took a look at KiCad, made the schematic representation for a component, and made a schematic for the standard reference PCB I’ve been using for these tutorials. Now it’s time to take that schematic, assign…

via Creating A PCB In Everything: KiCad, Part 2 — Hackaday

Creating A PCB In Everything: KiCad, Part 2