So this is my first KiCAD project, and I can’t figure what I’m missing when it comes to filled copper zones. I seem to be able to create them just fine, but they don’t end up on Gerbers, or print outs, or in the 3D view. See the screenshot below.
The left window is pcbnew in default mode, showing three copper zones, on three different nets. They only show up with the hatched fill, which is necessarily consistent with what I’ve seen in some of the tutorials on the 'net, where the filled zones get the solid color. The right hand window is showing the resultant Gerber file (with GerbView), which doesn’t have the copper zones, but it does have the rest of the tracks and pads.
What am I doing wrong to not get the copper zones? I’ve tried “Fill Zone” when brining up the right click context menu (like shown in the video at:
). And I have run the DRC.
Is there some other global setting I need to enable? The DRC deck can see the zones, since they get highlighted correctly when doing the “Highlight Nets” command.
I’ve tried different setting in the “Copper Zone Properties” dialog:
I’ve played with those settings, like “Fill Mode” and “Outline style”, but that hasn’t cured the issue.
The zone doesn’t look filled when using either the “default” or the “opengl” canvas, and things don’t look different when using the “Show filled areas in zones” buttons on the left hand button bar.
Maybe there is an inconsistency with some other setting I have for clearances? Could there be a problem with one of the footprints I created and used elsewhere on the board? Problem with the netlist? Any advice on tracking down the source of the problem? Log files to look at for error messages or warnings that might not make it all the way up to the gui?
I did start this project in v4.0.6, but I had to change computers midstream and upgraded to v4.0.7 on the new machine. I had generated a netlist, and had read it into pcbnew, but had not begun to really place footprints or tracks when I switched over.
Here is my kicad version information:
Version: 4.0.7 release build
wxWidgets: Version 3.0.3 (debug,wchar_t,compiler with C++ ABI 1011,GCC 7.1.0,wx containers,compatible with 2.8)
Platform: Windows 7 (build 7601, Service Pack 1), 64-bit edition, 64 bit, Little endian, wxMSW
Boost version: 1.60.0
Curl version: libcurl/7.54.1 OpenSSL/1.0.2l zlib/1.2.11 libssh2/1.8.0 nghttp2/1.23.1 librtmp/2.3
P.S. Here is a screenshot showing the zones not showing up in the print preview or the 3D viewer.