Chapter 26 - Let’s make our own PCB #


  • Make it work
  • Make it not emit a ton of RF or go to shit when around it (everything is an antenna)
  • Make it pretty
    • ref that weird russian autorouter as limits on this
  • Make it repairable
  • Know when to do a PCB or a Perma-Proto
  • Assuming parts will only be available for so long

First things first, we’re going to be using Kicad, so you’ll want to go grab that from the repos. While that’s downloading and installing give this a watch to get the basics down:

image/svg+xml 1) Create a project File New Project New Project cheatsheet 2) Eeschema : draw the schematic Add components : A Move item1 : M + Copy item : C + Copy selection : + Shift Delete item : Del + Delete selection : Shift Ctrl + + Rotate item : R + Mirror item : Y + X / Add wires : W Edit properties : E Add power symbols : P Add no-connect : Q Add text : T Add labels : L List of shortcuts : ? Grab item1 : G + Edit value : V 1grab keeps connections, move doesn't 3) Create new components as necessary If editing an existing library : Select working library Draw component Add pins Library editor / Load component to edit from current library Create new component Save current component to new library / Update current component into current library Preferences Component libraries How to load the new library in Eeschema : Component library files Add Select your .lib file P 4) Create and assign footprints Footprint Editor If editing an existing library : Select active library Draw component Add pins / Load footprint from library New footprint Create new library and save current footprint / Save footprint in active library Run CvPcb to associate components and footprints Preferences Footprint libraries How to load the new library in CvPcb : Append with wizard Select your .pretty folder Generate netlist 6) Export Gerbers File Plot Generate Drill File Plot + Check result using GerbView Anthony Gautier - http://silica.io http://kicad-pcb.org/help/documentation/ 5) Pcbnew : design the layout Read netlist Select top layer : Copy item : Rotate item : Add via : Switch posture : Add tracks : Switch track width : Drag track : Fill zones : 3D viewer : Design Rules Layers Setup Design Rules + Grab item1 : M + C + R + V Q X W D B + 3 Alt Shift + ( ) G + 1grab keeps connections, move doesn't (Only for AZERTY keyboards) Move item1 : Select bottom layer : PgDn PgUp

Sorce: Foalyy @ https://forum.kicad.info/t/cheatsheet-for-kicad/5247


Let KiCad and Python design your PCB Coils [Hackaday]

KiCad STM32 + RF + USB Hardware Design (YouTube, Phil’s Lab)

Chapter 26.1 - PCB Components #

[TODO] Antennas (2.4ghz mostly), Spark gaps, coils, PCB capacitor, distributed element filters, flexible PCB as connectors

and technically resistors and fuses, albeit … eh.

0-ohm resistors to keep 1-sidded

Chapter 26.2 - PCB ‘Badges’ #


Source: @AkioOhtori on Twitter

Furby Theremin Badge (Tindie, Harbinger LTD)


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