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Using KiCad for Complex Shapes

From PCB drawings to conference badges and more, designing circuits isn’t just for rectangles (although I’m always fond a good business card PCB). If you’re interested in designing for complex shapes the presentation below by Andrew Sowa is worth watching – the presentation proper lasts about 30 minutes followed by about 13 minutes of Q&A – the slide screenshot above shows Andrew’s details online for further exploration.

While most PCBs can be simple rectangles, sometimes the design requires more complex geometry. EDA tools don’t always make this simple, so we will go over a few KiCad tips to make it easier. In this talk you will learn how to import unique board shapes from Fusion 360, create arbitrary fill zones using images, and embed high-frequency RF filters. We will use multiple software packages to enhance KiCad’s performance beyond its obvious use.

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