Getting Started in KiCad


Eeschema – Reference manual

[w]   = Change to wire mode


Pcbnew – Reference manual
Drawing Traces

[ESC]         = Cursor
[X]           = Track
[S]           = Set Origin

[V]           = Switch between Front and Back
[N]           = Switch Grid to Next
[SHIFT] + [N] = Switch Grid to Previous

Add tracks and vias (wiring):
[Backspace]   = Delete node

Interactive Router (OpenGL):
[D]           = Drag node / track
[E]           = Interactive Router Settings


NPTH = Non Plated Through Hole = nicht durchkontaktiertes Loch
PTH  = Plated Through Hole     = durchkontaktiertes Loch


3D Model

C:\Program Files\KiCad\share\kicad\modules\packages3d

Export to STEP

How to share step 3D model with all the components on the PCB too?
KiCad Script Hack for Better Mechanical CAD Export
kicad StepUp script hacks MCAD world!
In Development: 3D Plugins
Manufacturer: Sullins Connector Solutions



Multiple Sheet Schematics

Multiple Sheet Schematics in KiCAD
Kicad/eeschema/Hierarchical Sheets
KiCad Hierarchy Tutorial x01 (PDF)


Kicad Electronic CAD libraries
Quick KICAD Library Component Builder : Component Setup
Wemos KiCad Libraries and Footprints, Lolin32
Arduino Nano library files for kicad
Kicad: librairie Arduino.pretty (for all Arduino types)

github, CNY65, etc., Arduino Nano libraries for Arduino Nano
SH_Capacitors.pretty, JST, Molex, USB
ESP32-kiCAD-Footprints, Footprints for the Espressif ESP32 WiFi/BLE Chip and ESP3212 module, Verschiedene Footprints, ex. USB Mini mit 3D Modell

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