Kicad v 5. 0.0-3-g5ebb6b6 release. I have a board in pcbnew & all is well, except i want to add four mounting holes, these are to be used with GP2 pogo pin mounts.
I go to the library browser and select Mounting Holes, but then nothing shows up.
Why this happens I don’t know but I assume that there will be repository somewhere that has mounting holes, any will do as I can edit to suit the GP2, but when I try: https://github.com/KiCad/kicad-symbols there are no mounting holes.
After searching for several hours I can find nothing that points me to what I have done wrong in not having the mounting holes available in the library or why I can’t find what i need in a repository.
Can anyone please point me to a solution to my problem?
I may be mixing up schematic symbols and layout footprints
I would be happy to just add to the pcbnew layout, but where do I find the library for the footprint mounting holes? In pcbnew if I select add a component I get the library with Mounting_Holes in it, but when i click on it there is nothing. Do I access layout footprints in another way? The layer I have selected is the front silk screen and i have tried the copper, but I still don’t see any Mounting Holes, nor can I find them online.
I am probably confused but I can’t find a way forwards.
In the library “mechanical” there is a symbol “MountingHole”.
Assign to one of several footprints in “Mounting_Holes.pretty”
You can also place footprints directly in the layout, but they tend to disappear everytime You hit F8 in the schematic. You can avoid that by locking the footprints in the layout.
I’m not sure where I’ve got the mentioned librarys from. Had them for years. I’ve also made my own footprints for mounting holes, to control distance to copper zones, size of screw heads etc.
I could not find Mechanical but I found hardware and within there is a mounting standoff which is what I need, just adjusted the diameter to fit the GP2 pogo pin and that seems to have done what I need.
Still a bit confused over why I haven’t got all the other stuff but a solution is a solution. Thank you!
Now I have 5.0.1 installed (with libraries), but I suppose in 5.0.0 it was the same.
When I run Library Browser (from Footprint Editor or from PcbNew) I see many (about 100) footprint libraries and MountingHole (not Mounting_Holes) is one of them. This library contains over 90 footprints.
Are you sure you use fp-lib-table that come with 5.0.0 installation and not your old fp-lib-table?
Yeah, eventually (if you do more than about half a dozen boards) you decide that it’s best to create and maintain your own libraries. My collection of mounting holes covers several screw sizes, with and without washers, a few with copper pads placed to make a deliberate ground connection through the mounting hardware, and silk screen indicating the area covered by screw heads and/or washers. To get REALLY fancy, you could outline the mounting hole footprint with various silkscreen line styles (solid, dotted, dash, etc) to remind the assembler of the correct screw size.
Am using 5.0.0. I could find no file or directory with MountingHole.pretty
in the name.
$ find ./ -name "*Mounting*Hole*.pretty*"
If I want to use any of the footprints from https://kicad.github.io/footprints/
where would I put them and do I need to use a special tool to tell kicad where they are?