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Simple KiCad Breakout Board (Part 2)

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Ryan LogsdonRyan Logsdon 06/14/2018 at 16:360 Comments

A step-by-step guide, using KiCad to make a simple breakout board for tiny, tiny chips!

This is part 2: creating the physical component layout.


1.

Open the EESchematic ("Electronic Schematic Editor")


2.

Import Our "Part 1" Tutorial Work

Now that we've created a logical chip, we can import it into KiCad.

Preferences > component libraries > add > (find your newly saved file) > ok


3.

Place the Component on the Board

Place (as in File/Edit/View/.../Place) > Component > (type your component's name in the filter) > select the component > ok


4.

Working with the Footprint

Select the Footprint Editor icon

File > New Footprint > (add a name) > ok


5.

Change the Default Text

Change "REF**" to "U**"


6.

Add a Pad

Add a pad to your footprint. Drop it in place anywhere.

Right-click > Edit Pad > (change "Pad type" to "SMD" & change "Shape" to Rectangular").


7.

Add Remaining Physical Parts


8.

Creating a Library

Click the "Create new library & save current footprint" icon

Name the library "smd_MyProjectName" > ok


9.

Add this Library to Project

Preferences > Footprint Libraries Wizard > Add (choose your "smd_MyProjectName" path > ok  (note that the file was saved as a *.pretty file) > next > (select "global" if in doubt) > finish

Select "Active Library"


10.

Save Footprint

Select the "Save footprint in active library" icon

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