Gerber export tutorial - KiCad (with important notes)

A project log for Small PCBs for panelizing + tutorial

Ordering a 10x10 board with only 10x4 taken? Panelize one of these!

AryaArya 06/08/2017 at 02:200 Comments


Currently, KiCad-designed boards have origin point problems. This manifests as board appearing outside the outline upon drag&drop, thus, "not geting added" (though it's there).

To fix this, add an "origin point for drill and pick&place files" (badly named, for sure). This guy over at KiCad forums places it in the upper left corner of the boards, I confused left and right for a second, so the picture shows me being about to place it in the upper right corner:

After that, you can export Gerbers and don't worry about them "disappearing".

Here's my usual gerber generation workflow in KiCad:

I use these settings for Gerber plotting:

Note the "auxiliary axis" setting, it's necessary for proper export

Then press the "Generate Drill File" button and generate a "Drill File". Here are the settings I used, the one you absolutely need is circled red: