KiCAD PCB Design For Embedded Systems & Electronics Projects

Learn KiCAD For PCB Circuit Design & Create Your Own PCB Boards

This course will help you to know the basics of KiCAD and how to use it as a tool for PCB design projects. And it’ll also teach you how to formulate a project/product idea and document it in such a way that it becomes easier for you to plan and design each part of the complete system.

What you’ll learn

  • KiCAD 5.1.
  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design With KiCAD.
  • PCB Design Workflow (Methodology).
  • Documentation For HW Requirements & TLD.
  • From Idea or Requirement To Actual PCB Product.
  • BOM Selection Process.
  • Schematic Design & Capture.
  • Assigning Footprints To Symbol Parts.
  • PCB Layout Editing & Routing.
  • Gerber Output Files Generation For Fabrication.
  • Generating SMT Files For Automated PCB Assembly.
  • Project-Based Course (Flasher LED Board, Create Your Own Embedded Dev. Board, and a USB-Powered Device).

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 4 lectures • 15min.
  • Getting Started With KiCAD –> 5 lectures • 34min.
  • PCB Design Methodology –> 4 lectures • 13min.
  • PCB Design Project1: LED Flasher Board –> 11 lectures • 1hr 15min.
  • PCB Design Project2: PIC Microcontroller Development Board –> 11 lectures • 1hr 18min.
  • PCB Design Project3: USB-Powered LED Controller With STM32 uC –> 12 lectures • 1hr 19min.

KiCAD PCB Design For Embedded Systems & Electronics Projects

Requirements

  • Basic Circuits & Electronics Knowledge.
  • PC (Windows, Mac, or Linux)& Internet Connection.
  • Patience And Willing To Be a PCB Designer.

This course will help you to know the basics of KiCAD and how to use it as a tool for PCB design projects. And it’ll also teach you how to formulate a project/product idea and document it in such a way that it becomes easier for you to plan and design each part of the complete system.

And ultimately, help you develop a systematic way to approach PCB hardware design projects. Both as a hobbyist or as an engineering student. This course is Project-Based. You’ll learn KiCAD by doing practical project examples through this course.

 

Design 3 PCB Boards and Learn The Essentials of KiCAD

  1. Simple LED Flasher Board
  2. PIC18F-Based Development Board
  3. STM32-Based USB-Powered LED Controller Board

 

Course’s Contents and Overview

The course starts with an introduction to printed circuit boards (PCB) technology. And then shifts the attention to PCB design CAD software tools and mainly focusing on KiCAD which is the main topic of this course. Then, you’ll get introduced to KiCAD tools for schematic capture and PCB layout editing through a very basic example board.

Afterward, I’ll teach you a very intuitive PCB design methodology to get any project done just in 10 actionable steps. And we’ll be sticking to this methodology for all the project examples we’ll be doing thereafter.

Then, the last 3 sections will be dedicated to the 3 projects for this course. And in each one of them, we’ll be doing:

  • HW Req. Statement
  • Schematic Design
  • Schematic Capture
  • ERC Check
  • Footprints Assignment
  • PCB Layout & Routing
  • DRC Check
  • Generating Fab.-Ready Output Files (Gerber)
  • Generating BOM File
  • Generating POS For SMT services

You’ll learn when and how to do each step in detail through this course and three times in 3 different projects. Just to make sure you’ve got a very good understanding and vision for the PCB design workflow.

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