KiCad design files for the LH5801 Sharp Microprocessor

Kai Bader writes, “I’m currently working on a custom development board, based on a quarter of a century old microprocessor, the Sharp LH5801. This microprocessor is the heart of the Sharp PC-1500(A) Pocket Computer, also known as Tandy TRS-80 Model II.” More details at Kai Bader’s blog.

BOMtools: Python scripts build Kicad part database

Steve Rodgers has been busy coding. He’s developed a set of Python scripts (BOMtools) which allow you to extract part numbers from a Kicad schematic and match them to a part number database. There are two scripts. One which does the part merge operation and is called from Kicad and the other which manages the […]

Kicad converter for TM-240A Pick-and-Place machines

Kicad converter for TM-240A Pick-and-Place machines by Wayne and Layne: The Pick-and-Place machine needs to know where to place each part, and we have created some software to help convert the PCB design data from our favorite ECAD tool, KiCad, into the proper file format needed for these PnP machines. The documentation for this software is […]

KiCad: CERN’s contribution to Free/Open PCB design

Bearmos writes,  “Looks like more good things are going to be coming to KiCAD, thanks to the folks at CERN. It sounds like they’re committing a programmer full time for one year to the project.” One of the main issues the open hardware community must overcome to reach a maturity level akin to that of […]

Share and visualize KiCad components with KiCadCloud

Alan C. Assis writes with a new way to share and visualize KiCad components. It is not easy to find KiCad components. Normally people search at www.kicadlib.org or just “Google” for the component part-number + KiCad, but neither approach normally will return good results. At end of day he/she decides to “home-brew” their components. But […]

Kicad Tutorial: Using the autorouter

WayneAndLayne is doing a series of short Kicad tutorials.  This next tutorial in the series will show you how to use autorouter: Routing, the process of connecting all the pads of a printed circuit board (PCB) layout, can be a time-consuming and tedious process. To avoid the time and frustration of manually routing your PCB, there […]

Kicad Tutorial: Copper pours / fills

Here’s another Kicad tutorial  by Wayne and Layne: Copper pours / fills: A copper pour or fill refers to an area on a printed circuit board where the original copper is not etched away, and remains in place, usually electrically connected to the Ground signal, producing a “Ground Plane”. This has a number of advantages, […]

Eagle Parts: Our Eagle library converted to KiCad

Lately we’ve been testing the KiCad waters. For the ATX Breakout Board v2 we needed to escape Eagle’s PCB constraints, and we succeed. A major hurdle to using any new CAD package is that all your part libraries have to be built again. Luckily Sjaak pointed us to a script that helps you convert your […]

Our KiCad EDA experience with ATX breakout v2

Last week we used the open source circuit design and PCB layout program KiCad to design version 2 of the ATX Breakout Board. This came as a necessity because the free version of Eagle is restricted to 100mm x 80mm PCBs, and the current ATX breakout already uses all that space. Read our likes, dislikes, […]

Kicad libgen tool

Boseji informs us of the new libgen tool for creating Kicad schematics symbols. This tool is based on Python and can generate one Component from a XML file.This tool in multiple ways emulates the Quick KICAD Library Component Builder online tool for generating the symbols. However since it’s standalone it becomes easier to edit and […]

CPLD breakout board ported to KiCad

Numanto Lab ported one of our CPLD breakout boards from the original Eagle files to the open source KiCad. CPLD breakout board design in KiCad based on design by Ian Lesnet of Dangerous Prototypes. This board is completely designed in KiCad in 3-4 hours. Get the CoolRunner-II development board for $15 and XC9572XL dev-board  for […]