Friday, July 31, 2020

Free and Open Source PCB Design Software with 3D View for Windows, macOS, Linux- KiCAD

About KiCAD

    KiCAD is a cross-platform Free Open Source PCB design software that allows you to Create Schematic, PCB Layouts & also allows you to view the PCB layout in 3D models. You can download KiCAD by clicking here.

System Requirements
  • Supported OS: Windows, macOS, Ubuntu, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, openSUSE, Linux Mint, FlatPak, Gentoo, Sabyon, FreeBSD.
  • Processor: Intel 32 & 64 bit, PowerPC 32 & 64 bit, ARM 32 & 64 bit, MIPS 64bit
  • Graphics: Cards with OpenGL 2.1 or greater 
  • RAM: > 1 GB
  • Hard Disk Space: > 10 GB
  • Screen Resolution: > 1280*1024

    Schematic Editor: With the schematic editor, you can create any design possible with the built-in schematic symbol or you can create your own if it is not available in the built-in library.

    Bill of Materials: You can download the BOM using third party plugins
    PCB Layout Editor: You can easily create the PCB Layout from the schematic diagram which you have created using the schematic editor. KiCAD also supports up to 32 copper layers
    3D Viewer: helps you to view your design in 3D

    Export Support: KiCAD various export formats like Gerber, Postscript, SVG, DXF, HPGL, and PDF. You can also print in black & white or colors using the built-in print function.

  • There is no One-Click Auto Routing Function
  • There is no One-Click simulation like other premium software 
Conclusion: If you are a beginner then this is one of the best free open source software for you for creating schematics and professional-grade PCB layouts


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