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Re: Latest usage of Kicad


Hi Dick,

If I can figure out the new features, I have an interest in doing a tutorial. It won't likely get done until I get a bit more practice at things. I am still back on the learning curve, but I would like to try and get my spring quarter electronics students to use Kicad for small boards, and a tutorial would be helpful for them.

Thanks for the encouragement. And any tips you can give on setting rules up for freerouter would be appreciated.



Dick Hollenbeck wrote:


I just did a 4 layer board in about a week with Kicad and Freerouter.
What a joy this was in comparison to doing the same thing a year ago.

The netlist support was a dream. I was able to classify nets, setup
widths and spacing on each netclass (a total of 3), and then export to
Freerouter. In Freerouter I have gotten in the habit of manually
routing using the push and shove.

What was really slick was the ability to immediately round trip without
any additional setup. You got something you want to do back in PCBNEW,
such as tweak a zone, simply back import, make the change, re-export
back over to freerouter. No setup, just a very few button clicks.

Undo/redo was also used and appreciated.

Our efforts are paying off. Thanks Jean-Pierre, Wayne, and others for
all your contributions.

The user base is in for a treat whenever they get a hold of these latest
features. The documentation is probably lagging, but this stuff is
almost so easy it can simply be figured out, and is better than nothing.


Rob Frohne, Ph.D., P.E.
E.F. Cross School of Engineering
Walla Walla University
100 SW 4th Street
College Place, WA 99324
(509) 527-2075	http://people.wallawalla.edu/~Rob.Frohne/

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