S1E12 Chatshaala with electronics gadgets | PCB Layout using KiCAD

  • Links to recordings: here
  • Here is the room link to join: chaatshala
  • Timings: Mo-Fr 11:00AM to 12:30PM

Today we explored the followings:

KiCAD : The Open Source software for designing Schematic and PCB Layout.

Designed PCB Layout of simple power supply in PCB Layout Editor of KiCAD.

  • Open PCB Layout Editor
  • Update PCB from Schematic
  • Load Netlist
  • Placing Components on top layer
  • Routing bottom layer
  • Darwing Edge for dimension
  • Adding text to the PCB silkscreen
  • Viewing 3D model for the PCB



You can also post your question and discuss in this thread.

Happy Exploring!


Some 3d models of components are not visible above. Probably some libraries not installed, or the foot prints used did not have a 3d model.

Here is my pcb 3d view. My connector does not have a 3d model, hence it is rendered only as a silk screen foot print.


With Kicad one can view the 3d in realtime as one places components. This is very useful if one has a cad design for housing. We can add the housing as a custom part and place the PCB inside, then move components in realtime.


I could not log back in, once I logged out during the session. :frowning:

Nevertheless, watched the recording later on. :+1: Ashish showed a ‘handmade’ PCB. Thanks Ashish! :slight_smile:


Saw that the traces have to be hand-routed in KiCAD, Does KiCAD provide autorouting, the way Eagle does?


Kicad does not have autorouter. But it has a push and shove router. IE it will move existing tracks, adhering to your set design rules, as you try to add a track. If it cannot move traces it will find a new shortest path. If it cannot do either it will lay a track upto the point it can and then stop.