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Kicad. From Software To Hardware Part3

We’ve covered both schematic and pcb; so you can think every job’s done.
Last thing and you’re right.

We have the necessity to associate the two parts, because actually kicad doesn’t recognize any correlation between them.
Nothing difficult.

In EESchema put only your MyRelay symbol, make the Annotation and save all into NetList.
Open CvPCB, that’s the “brigde” KiCad’s software where is possible to match components to footprints.

kicad-cvpcb-options

CVPcb options

kicad-cvpcb-options-add-myrelayYou’ll find two columns: on left your schematic’s symbol, on right an amount of voices for available footprints (pads collection); MyRelay (the one created on PCB) misses, so we must load it.

Go to Preferences -> Options; in the first frame click Add and select MyRelay module: it will be inserted to the bottom of list.

 

kicad-cvpcb-footprint-associationPress OK and save all into your project’s file (here kicad3.pro).
Search for MyRelay into right column and double click to associates it to our MR1 relay.
Now save all to NetList file.

 

That’s all? yes, now it surely is.
When you’ll insert a MyRelay on EEschema, PCB will be able to load the module associated to it; just like for any other default component.

Here a summarizing video which you can find every passage in. Enjoy it!
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Written by riccardo

October 3rd, 2011 at 11:31 am