Hi, it’s my first project with an EDA, I chose KiCAD because it’s open source.
I’m using KiCAD 5.0.0 on Kubuntu 18.04 and I have a few questions:
1: Assigning 3D model to existing footprint
I have used the existing
TerminalBlock_Phoenix_MPT-0.5-2-2.54* footprint from KiCAD for my
SW_Push components however this footprint does not have a 3D model.
I have added the 3D model using the Footprint properties:
I have to add the model and tweak the rotation/offset for each connector on my layout.
What would be a better way? Is copying the KiCAD footprint in my project directory and modifying it to add the 3D model a good idea? I want my project to be portable between computers/platforms.
2: Mounting holes
I call mounting holes the holes that I will put screws inside in to secure the PCB.
I have used the Add Footprint tool and I have chosen
- Is this the right way to add a hole for a screw?
I have renamed the
Mounting hole, so that is is printed on the silk mask, is it ok to do such things?
3: DRC errors
- Is it ok to ignore the “unconnected” errors from the DRC report for my push buttons? Electrically it is not a problem.
- I have an error about the pads of the phoenix contact pins, they are too close:
- Will this prevent the board from being correctly manufactured?
- Should I edit the footprint and make the pads smaller so that they don’t overlap?
- Do you see anything that is missing from manufacturing this part?
- Big errors?
- Tips to reduce the cost of the board?