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Electronics => PCB/EDA/CAD => KiCad => Topic started by: sink on June 14, 2021, 11:03:36 pm

Title: Convert pcb from gEDA to kicad format
Post by: sink on June 14, 2021, 11:03:36 pm
Hi everyone,
Is there some plugin that will allow me to convert pcb designed in gEDA to kicad pcb project? I was looking for it for some time but I can't find it nowhere.

Thanks
SiNK
Title: Re: Convert pcb from gEDA to kicad format
Post by: Doctorandus_P on June 19, 2021, 01:22:24 am
Create a set of gerber files, then start Kicad and use its Gerbview to export them into a .pcb project.

A lot of information is missing from gerber files, but it's a lot better then nothing.
With this method you get:

* PCB outline & locations of mounting holes.
* All copper tracks.
* Footprint locations (you can place new footprints on the ends of the existing tracks).
* Netlist (This is implicitly created when you put new footprints on the existing tracks).

You have to manually re-create the schematic (And footprint association). I once did this for a test and I made a few mistakes in the re-creation of the schematic, and those were caught because the schematic did not match up with the PCB, and DRC in Pcbnew told me where the errors were.