I like this answer but having problems with doing it.
I’m trying to combine 3 PCB designs for a prototype run to get a lower cost on the first version of each of three designs and get a single stencil to assemble these first prototypes.
Later I will panelize a single design with say a 2x3 array (Qty 6) to fit into a toaster over.
For now, to give these instructions a try, I found the pcbnew application and started it as Administrator (version below)
Version: (2013-05-31 BZR 4019)-stable
Build: wxWidgets 2.9.4 (wchar_t,compiler with C++ ABI 1002,GCC 4.7.2,wx containers,compatible with 2.8)
Platform: Windows 7 (build 7601, Service Pack 1), 64-bit edition, 64 bit, Little endian, wxMSW
Boost version: 1.53.0
When I try to open any one of a few layouts I get this error message. I basically get the same error on several layouts I have tried. Any clue what is going on?
EDIT: I got something to work but not following the directions
1.) I started KiaCAD as administrator
2.) opened a complete PCB layout using pdbnew from the project.
3.) “save as” from pcbnew as XXXX_prototype.
I closed Kicad.
4.) I then used windows explorer to open the XXX_prototype.kicad_pcb file pointing to pcbnew.
5.) Now with the first PCB in the layout I started using “Append board” to add two others.
These designs share a lot of net names as they are very similar mainly differing in layouts. So I now start getting rats nests. I am leary of doing any DCR checks as I can do all of that as individual designs.
Does this sound OK?