Planar Transformer

Hi Friends,
I’m going to design a Power dc-dc converter and for the purpose I have designed a planar transformer. I need to know what is the best choose for drawing the winding in exact way with considering the clearances. I have searched a lot but unfortunately found nothing. I am going to have 6 layers in first and last layer I have the secondary winding, which is one per layer each 27 mm and for the layers between, I need to have 3 turns per layer each of 10 mm.
Thanks for the attention :slight_smile:

Does this (rather old) thread provide any helpful hints?

Sorry I could not find some helpful things, I think there will be some ways but works with Python scripts and unfortunately I have no idea about python.
But thanks for your help

I believe a way to go would be to use StepUp to generate a couple of footprints with the desired dimensions:

Or use Spiki, I have read good things about it:

tnx, but i have any 3d Model to convert.

If you read though the link I posted you will see that the OP for that thread also had limited python knowledge but the thread contributors talked them through the process. If you have the dimensions you can either programmatically design the layout or alternatively draw the layout in a drafting program and convert to a kicad footprint. I think the former is probably a more flexible general solution but the second is a reasonable alternative. If you have a design already, FreeCad and the Step Up plugin will convert your design to a footprint.
I am not near my computer at present to check but one issue occurs to me - there might be an issue placing a footprint in an internal layer - you might need to hand edit the file to achieve this.

Have you tought about starting with an image search, such as:

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=planar+transformer+pcb+layout&t=h_&iax=images&ia=images

When typing “planar transformer” I got a suggestion that wanted to add “winding design”. Without the images:
https://html.duckduckgo.com/html?q=planar+transformer+pcb+winding+design
The links seem to link to .pdf files with tutorials and design hints.

I would probably not use arc tracks in KiCad, but just plain old 45 degree chamfers. Using arc’s as tracks in KiCad is still “difficult”, and the gain will be very minimal compared to 45 degree chamfers.

With planar transformers there are often parallel tracks, which lead to length differences, and thus resistance differences and current differences. I once saw a trick where a long “outer” winding was combined with a short “inner” widing on another PCB layer, so all tracks had the same copper length. Srry but I can’t recall more details.