after quite some time of not having used KiCAD I was busy with creating a new pcb.
After having completed routing and successfully run DRC I couldn't resist to beautify the layout where the tracks were a bit misaligned with others etc. -> my fault!
I shut off the copper zones to have a better view on the single tracks.
Unfortunately after having shoved some tracks (and it looked very nice now ..) I saved the result, created the gerber files and was convinced that everything was fine. What a bad surprise, when I got the pcbs -> after checking all connections I found out that Vcc was connected to GND !!
Having a deeper view on the layout I found the error -> my shoving some tracks had put one Vcc track such that it touched slightly (but electrically as a short) the surrounding GND plane. Ok - some precise cuts with a sharp knife disconnected the unwanted connections.
Long story short: I had forgotten
a) to rebuild the copper zones (using the "B"-key) after having modified/shoved some tracks
b) to run DRC, which should have shown me if there were some (new) errors after the modifications
before saving and creating the gerbers etc.
Would it be possible to create a routine in KiCAD which is executed and
- automatically rebuilds the copper planes before saving the result of routing
- automatically runs a DRC check and draws the user's attention when an error occurred
Looking forward to your opinions