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Offline lmagalhaes

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Import PCBs from Kicad
« on: July 18, 2019, 05:01:33 pm »
Hi there,

Is it possible to import just the PCB drawing from Kicad to Altium ? We recently bought the Altium license, but the previous projects were done in Kicad and now we want to do a panel in Altium mixing a couple of projects and needed to have the PCB files for that... Does anyone know a workaround?

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Offline Pseudobyte

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Re: Import PCBs from Kicad
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2019, 05:46:43 pm »
This might be a bit of hack... but it looks like you can import Kicad into circuit maker, and then you could download those circuit maker files and import them into AD.

https://www.altium.com/solution/kicad-library
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Offline thm_w

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Re: Import PCBs from Kicad
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2019, 10:09:16 pm »
If you are saying you want to mix multiple designs on a panel, it may be easier to generate gerbers and then merge those together.

https://hackaday.com/2017/06/21/panelizing-boards-the-easy-way/
 

Offline lmagalhaes

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Re: Import PCBs from Kicad
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2019, 01:48:33 pm »
I opened a ticket on the Altium support line and the response I got was:

"Thanks for your support request.

I had an internal conversation about the document. It is not possible to import KiCad into Altium designer (or Circuit Maker)."

Which is kinda sad, seeing that Altium is trying to get KiCad users to switch tools: https://www.altium.com/solution/kicad-library and https://www.altium.com/solution/kicad-pcb-design-software-free-download.

Regarding the PCB panelizer, I need to have control over the fiducials and the frame, since it's going to be assembled off site, so I really need the PCBs on Altium.

I've spend the entire morning generating gerbers and then importing the gerbers in Altium and converting them to PCB, but the results aren't perfect. Sometimes you lose a pad, sometimes it's a bit of ground plane... Right now I'm trying to export from KiCad to Eagle and then import the Eagle files to Altium, see if that works... but since Altium is so vocal about getting people to change tools, it should have an importer at least.
 

Offline thm_w

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Re: Import PCBs from Kicad
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2019, 09:37:37 pm »
Which is kinda sad, seeing that Altium is trying to get KiCad users to switch tools: https://www.altium.com/solution/kicad-library and https://www.altium.com/solution/kicad-pcb-design-software-free-download.

Yeah not sure why they couldn't grasp that no one would move from KiCad -> Altium, but its probably too small of a market for them

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Regarding the PCB panelizer, I need to have control over the fiducials and the frame, since it's going to be assembled off site, so I really need the PCBs on Altium.

I've spend the entire morning generating gerbers and then importing the gerbers in Altium and converting them to PCB, but the results aren't perfect. Sometimes you lose a pad, sometimes it's a bit of ground plane... Right now I'm trying to export from KiCad to Eagle and then import the Eagle files to Altium, see if that works... but since Altium is so vocal about getting people to change tools, it should have an importer at least.

So maybe could do almost everything in Altium: fiducials, frame, etc. then leave a space for the Kicad gerber and use another program to paste it in. Don't know off hand what program though.
 

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Re: Import PCBs from Kicad
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2019, 09:58:21 pm »

So maybe could do almost everything in Altium: fiducials, frame, etc. then leave a space for the Kicad gerber and use another program to paste it in. Don't know off hand what program though.

I would recommend FAB3000 from Numerical Innovations for that. If it's a one-off thing you can also use the trial.
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Offline jazper

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Re: Import PCBs from Kicad
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2020, 05:05:20 am »
Just added for completeness - https://easyeda.com/ will convert from Kicad to EasyEDA to Altium

The schematic conversion didn't work for me, but the pcb converter did.
 


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