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Intro To Circuit Board Design Using KiCAD

February 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Class Description
Are you eager to begin designing your own circuit boards, but need help getting started? This class is a ‘quick on-ramp’ to DIY circuit board design using the popular open source circuit board design software KiCAD (free, runs on Linux / Mac / Windows). In this one-day course, we’ll use an example circuit and present the basics of schematic creation, footprint selection, board layout, and board production. At the end of the class, we’ll send our board designs out for manufacture by a PCB manufacturer; students can then return to one of the Asylum’s weekly “Circuit Hacking Nights” to pick up their board designs.

Class Goals
This class empowers students to:

– Translate a DIY circuit into a schematic
– Leverage existing circuit board designs by others
– Select and assign part footprints
– Lay out a simple board design
– Decide among board manufacture options: milling, etching, contract manufacturing

Students will leave class with their own circuit board design, ready for manufacture.

Materials Provided
Computers with the required software (KiCAD) will be available for student use.

Suggested prequisite is Artisan’s Asylum “Intro to Basic Electronics” or equivalent; no prerequisites necessary.



This class will not run with fewer than 5 students


Artisan’s Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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