I wanted to add a logo to a PCB but it took me a bit of googling and trial-and-error before I got it right so I decided to share my findings. KiCAD already includes a tool called bitmap2components which can convert an image to an eeschema symbol or a pcbnew module. I was trying to add a logo to my bottom layer but it seemed you could just add a […]

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In the next phase of creating a PCB with KiCad you must connect the components to “modules” (a term KiCad uses to refer to footprints) with cvpcb. You can open cvpcb from the KiCad main window by pressing the second large button. cvpcb will issue a warning about not finding a .cmp file but this is normal before you have saved with cvpcb (which in turn creates the .cmp file). […]

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Recently I have been using KiCad as my one and only EDA (Electronic Design Automation) tool and I think it’s surprisingly good. I’m not sure why it is not more widely used (maybe because of the fairly crappy website?) because it really is comparable to Eagle and other cheap/free EDA tools. The biggest pro is of course the fact that KiCad is an open source software and has no limitations on […]

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