KiCAD : Design schematics and PCBs for FREE?

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KiCAD : Design schematics and PCBs for FREE?

Postby mj_sound_cubed » 26 Sep 2018, 21:22

Hello All,

I am wondering if anyone is using KiCad for drawing schematics and creating PCBs?

Its available here: http://kicad-pcb.org

On the plus side:
- KiCad is free software and open source
- Its compatible with all the major operating systems like Windows, Mac OS and a lot of Linux distributions.
- Developed by CERNE
- A community and tutorials
- 3D modeling and lots of parts.

On the minus side:
-Lerning it can take some time, as much as any other.

Let me know what you guys think and suggest alternatives . :)
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Re: KiCAD : Design schematics and PCBs for FREE?

Postby Zokk » 27 Sep 2018, 09:20

Hi

unless you have a real business in electronics and you can afford expensive software licences, kicad is the way to go.
There's a huge community support and that last version is way better than the older I used to work with.
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Re: KiCAD : Design schematics and PCBs for FREE?

Postby Yazoo55 » 27 Sep 2018, 13:48

I agree completely. To build anything bigger than a standard guitar pedal with commercial software would cost an arm and a leg. Once you get to grips with Kicad, it's really good. I've just finished a big project, the HK Rotosphere. I sent the Gerber files off to a pcb manufacturer and it all worked fine.

You may have to do a bit of work creating symbols and footprints for non-standard parts not available from the supplied and online libraries, but again, once you have gone through the learning process, this works fine.

I would recommend regular saves. I am using version 4 on OS X and it does occasionally crash. There is a newer version available now and I will be using that for my next project. :)
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Re: KiCAD : Design schematics and PCBs for FREE?

Postby mj_sound_cubed » 27 Sep 2018, 21:30

Totally into the idea of getting the latest version, and starting a project :)

The KiCad community is pretty much english speaking right?
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