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Design and build a PCB from scratch using KiCad

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Frustrating, isn’t it? You see all these projects online with all these awesome ideas being put onto circuit boards and you just know you can do it! You know that your idea works on a bread board…or maybe you even know it would work without putting it onto a bread board. The only problem? You don’t know how to design and manufacture PCBs.

It would just take too long to learn, right? Well…not anymore!

The Getting To Blinky series, a free course that’s part of Contextual Electronics is an easy and low-cost way to get started designing your first PCB. With these 7 videos you can learn the basics of KiCad and get started designing PCBs using an open source and increasingly friendly program known as KiCad. Let’s look at the steps you’ll need to go through to design your first PCB:

Step 1: Introduction and Project Creation

Step 2: Symbol Creation with the Symbol Library

Step 3: Schematic Creation with EESchema

Step 4: Part Association with CvPcb

Step 5: Creating Footprints with the Module Editor

Step 6: PCB Layout with PCBnew

Step 7: Creating and Viewing Gerbers with PCBnew and GerbView

And that’s it! Go forth and solder your blinky board!