I’m not sure that is what I really need to import in as a footprint ??
should I only take this part,
hide everything else in the drawing and import that as a foot print ?
as it’s supposed to be installed on the edge of the board and accessible outside an Hammond enclosure, I will need to be so damn sure about measurements and placement… how can I be sure… should I ask for a different drawing ?
I’ve already imported the internal mounting plate that Hammond offer to make my edge cut…
since the plate itself is slightly smaller than the enclosure ( so it fits inside ) how can I place it so i’m sure it on the right spot ?
also, if I do import the top view, in witch layer should it be ? maybe I should import it in the footprint editor instead … ? some will be attached to trace, some will be holes. some will be ‘out of bound’ of the edge cut… will that not throw errors ?
plus they added lines that are no use for me… should I remove them as well ?
What you really need are the XYD numbers, so I’d first import the DXF you have into FreeCAD or LibreCAD
and delete / flip as required, then when you have a minimal drawing, see how that imports into the footprint editor.
CAD pgms are better at ‘intersection of’ stuff than KiCad, so you might decide to create a footprint manually, and then copy/paste the XY Size numbers
If you make the origin the centre pin, most pins are sign-flip paired, simplifying your pastes more.
The flange shows well, so you should be able to place that.
If you are unsure of tolerances, you could always make slots for any screw mounting , then tighten the connector first, then screw down the mounting screws.
You can also create the footprint fully from within freecad using stepup: (Click the link or the arrow to read the full post. If you click the link you get to the full discussion which might also include useful information)
you need to separate out the parts that should be pads into another sketch. Give it the correct name and then you can export the footprint directly. (watch the video in the linked post and look at the example projects that come with stepup)
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pins are always smaller than the hole… this is fine then…
align the image plane to the reference axis (i.e. having pin 5 centered on the zero of the axis changing the placement of the image plane).
Only after that start to create the sketches for pads and silks.