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Topics => Product Design => Topic started by: etimou on Dec 23, 2017, 10:17 am

Title: Arduino boards in kicad format
Post by: etimou on Dec 23, 2017, 10:17 am
Hi all,
I find it very surprising that I am not able to find an answer to my simple question.
Are the arduino boards available in kicad format? I can only find eagle files.
Kicad is a very popular and is open source software, and this is probably more aligned with arduino philosophy.

Personally I use kicad to create simple PCB boards from scratch but I am now interested in modifying an arduino pro mini.

Of course I am speaking about the board design including all components and pcb design, and not only global single libray and footprint.

I've found this thread https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=223395.0 (https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=223395.0). It refers to https://github.com/bobc/Arduino_KiCad (https://github.com/bobc/Arduino_KiCad) that seems to fulfill the requirement but that is obviously not exhaustive.

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Arduino boards in kicad format
Post by: spycatcher2k on Dec 23, 2017, 01:37 pm
They were designed in EAGLE! Feel free to spend time and convert then to any package you want.
Title: Re: Arduino boards in kicad format
Post by: etimou on Dec 27, 2017, 06:25 pm
All right! I take the challenge!
I've just made a first version of a pro-mini like.
It's available there: https://github.com/etimou/arduino-pro-mini-kicad (https://github.com/etimou/arduino-pro-mini-kicad)

I'd be very glad to receive feedbacks from people more experienced than me!

So, feel free to make comments to help improving this design.
Title: Re: Arduino boards in kicad format
Post by: CrossRoads on Dec 27, 2017, 06:42 pm
https://github.com/etimou/arduino-pro-mini-kicad/blob/master/Screenshot3D.png (https://github.com/etimou/arduino-pro-mini-kicad/blob/master/Screenshot3D.png)
Needs some pin labels.
These won't be viewable once the  board is made:
https://github.com/etimou/arduino-pro-mini-kicad/blob/master/arduino-pro-mini.png (https://github.com/etimou/arduino-pro-mini-kicad/blob/master/arduino-pro-mini.png)
Title: Re: Arduino boards in kicad format
Post by: etimou on Dec 28, 2017, 07:28 pm
Thanks for the comment,
I've added pin labels and cleaned up the silkscreen.
I think it looks pretty good now!(https://github.com/etimou/arduino-pro-mini-kicad/blob/master/Screenshot3D.png)

How much would it cost to have it manufactured by a pcb maker company?
The original can be found at less than 2$ on the internet...
Title: Re: Arduino boards in kicad format
Post by: spycatcher2k on Dec 28, 2017, 07:31 pm
More than $2 - unless you have them made in 1000's in China
Title: Re: Arduino boards in kicad format
Post by: CrossRoads on Dec 28, 2017, 08:14 pm
What size board?
Can get 10 up to 5cm x 5cm boards for $9.90 from iteadstudio.com
https://www.itead.cc/open-pcb/pcb-prototyping/2layer-green-pcb-5cm-x-5cm-max.html (https://www.itead.cc/open-pcb/pcb-prototyping/2layer-green-pcb-5cm-x-5cm-max.html)

Can be had for less in larger quantities.
Enter the board size and try different quantities
https://www.itead.cc/open-pcb/small-batches-pcb/small-batches-2-layer-pcb.html (https://www.itead.cc/open-pcb/small-batches-pcb/small-batches-2-layer-pcb.html)
Title: Re: Arduino boards in kicad format
Post by: Fofodrilo on Oct 16, 2019, 10:01 am
it's incompatible with the latest version of KiCad ... :/