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SVG to Polygons

A project log for Mutable Instruments Clouds PCB Panel

Creating a custom front panel for the assembled Eurorack module.

Richard HogbenRichard Hogben 03/18/2019 at 16:207 Comments

There are a few articles describing different ways to get the SVG files from Illustrator into your PCB design software. Some are direct methods of importing the SVG to polygons, others use DXF format in between. None of these worked for me because of the size of the files, 800mb DXF files? The common SVG to polygon plugin failed. 

Svg2Shenzhen actually worked, really well. You have to use Inkscape, and you have to use Kicad because that's what the extension is written for. I opened the SVGs in Inkscape, setup the layers, opened in Kicad and the files were done. The extension settings are important to get good results.

This produces a 3mb finished Kicad file. 

Really done, holes, board outline, and layers. The only adjustments I made were to the copper annual rings (copper and mask size, etc)

Here it is imported to Oshpark.

If everything checks out with this build I will finish the black, white, and gold version.

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Brook wrote 09/17/2021 at 21:07 point

Did you have any issues with hole sizes importing into KiCad....my ones all come in a little small?

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Richard Hogben wrote 09/17/2021 at 23:27 point

I don't remember specifically having an issue with hole sizes, they may have felt a little tighter than I expected due to the plating maybe? I'm not sure.

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Brook wrote 09/17/2021 at 23:30 point

Thanks for getting back to me! Just worked out how to change the dill pad sizes they generate in KiCad. So, should be able to clean everything up!

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