Covers the latest Kicad version
The Kicad development team released Kicad 5 in August 2018. This is an almost complete re-write of version 4. Kicad 5 is full of improvements and new features, including new libraries, a new 3D model viewer, better drawing tools, new symbol and footprint choosers, and new symbol and footprint editors. I wrote this book using Kicad 5.
We learn best when we learn in context. Projects provide a context so that learners can understand not just how to do something, but also why it is done in a particular way. This book uses the project-based learning method to help you learn simple and complicated concepts and techniques. Use the book to guide you through these projects, experience the process of creating the boards yourself. Be in control, and be satisfied that you own your learning.
- In project 1, design the simplest possible working PCB: an LED and resistor circuit.
- In project 2, design a power supply that plugs in your breadboard. Use it to power your breadboard projects.
- In project 3, design a HAT board for your Raspberry Pi. The board contains LEDs, sensors, and other SMD components.
- In project 4, design an Arduino clone board that has a real-time clock and an external EEPROM. This board is perfect for remote applications, and you will develop two auto-routed versions.
Clarity & reliability
Learning should be a straight-forward, rewarding experience for you. This is why I have filled this book with clear instructions, triple checked and verified. Be illuminated, not confused. And if something still doesn't work, we have your back; simply raise a ticket on our help desk.