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KiCad Tutorial

KiCad Tutorial

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KiCad Step by Step Tutorial
Copyright © 2006 David Jahshan: kicad at iridec.com.au
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Please freely copy and distribute (sell or give away) this document in anyformat. Send any corrections and comments to the document maintainer. You may createa derivative work and distribute it provided that:1. If it's not a translation: Email a copy of your derivative work to the author.2. License the derivative work in the spirit of the GPL. Include a copyright notice and atleast a pointer to the license used.3. Give due credit to previous authors and major contributors.If you're considering making a derived work other than a translation, it's requested that youdiscuss your plans with the current maintainer.
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KiCad
is a open source (GPL) integrated package for schematic circuit capture and PCBlayout.Before you start, you will need an installed copy of KiCad. This tutorial assumes thatKiCad is installed atC:\Kicad. You can download a copy fromhttp://www.lis.inpg.fr/realise_au_lis/kicad/ Installation instructions are available on the web site under Infos:Install1.Run “KiCad.exe”.2.You are now in the Main Window.3.Create a new project: “Projects” -> “New Project Descr”.4.Click on “Create New Folder” button, and name the new folder “tute1”.
 
5.Open the new directory by double clicking on it.6.Enter the name of the project in “File Name”, in this tutorial we will call it “tute1”.7.Click on “Save”. You should notice the project name should change to “tute1”.8.Double click on “tute1.sch”.9.An “Infos” window will appear informing you it is a new project. Click “OK”.10.You are now in the “EESchema” window. This window is used for enteringschematics.11.You should first save the schematic project: “Files” -> “Save Schematic Project”.12.Click the “page settings” button on the top toolbar.13.Select the “page size” as “A4” and the “Title” as “Tute 1”.14.Click on the “Add components” button found in the right toolbar.
 
15.Click in the middle of the screen where you want to place your first component.16.A “Component selection” window will appear.17.Click on “List All”. The “Select Lib” window will appear.18.Double click on “device”.19.The “Select Part” window will appear.20.Scroll down and double click on “R”.21.Press 'r' on the keyboard. Notice how the component rotates22.Place the component in the middle of the sheet by left clicking where you want it.23.Click on the magnifier twice to zoom in on the component.

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