Mechanical hole in PCB


Is there a way to directly punch a hole in a PCB? The only way I found is to make a “hole” pattern and add it only in PCB, but it would be nice if it was possible directly. Well, I suppost it is and I simply haven’t found how to.



If you just want a round hole. With no pads or similar. You can for most fabs get away with a circle on the edge cuts layer.

Circles on edge cut will be milled which has a much higher tolerance than drilling. I suggest to place a non plated hole (via a footprint) for all hole sizes smaller than the maximum drill offered by your fab.

Add a pad (type: “NPTH, Mechanical”), it will be be drilled out