Tired of giant solder globs on protoboards?
Can’t afford an expensive EDA license?
Designing boards larger than 4 by 4 meters?
KiCad may be for you. KiCad is the leading free and open source EDA suite for schematic capture and circuit board design. We will provide a gentle introduction to KiCad in an afternoon.
The class will cover:
- Schematic capture
- Custom schematic symbols and libraries
- Board layout
- Custom footprints
- Getting your boards manufactured
You don’t need experience with PCB design, but you must understand the basics of circuit boards and be able to read a schematic. You should know what most of these words mean: trace, via, ground plane, through hole, surface mount, pad, solder mask. (Reading and understanding the relevant Wikipedia pages is enough.)
You must also bring a laptop with the January 2012 Windows or Linux version of KiCad. Macs with Linux running in a virtual machine are okay, the Mac version is not.
Check out our outline for the class.
When & Where
Hack Manhattan is a non-profit cooperative space in Lower Manhattan dedicated to technology, science, and art.