Run trace in new component

Yes, sorry, a track inside a footprint.
Actually it is for the Touch Sensing circuit.
it is a capacitively coupled antenna, so to speak.
but I need a few copies on my board
hence the need to make a footprint,
but I cannot select the routing layers.

Can you show a picture of an example?

And what KiCad version you are using? Version pre-5 (nightly build) may have more possibilities.

I meant an example of a physical footprint

without more knowlege i can only point you to similar discussions:

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The last link i posted above should be about exactly what you show here

ver 4.05, should I upgrade it, seems to work very well… till now.

thanks, I will check it out

Yes, at the end, make it with pads :slight_smile:
works for me, thanks.

In the upcoming v5 it can be made with graphic lines which are turned into pads, no need to use bitmaps or external vector graphic programs. Ask if you’re interested.

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Even better. You can use kicad stepup and design such complicated footpirnts completely in a powerful parametric CAD tool. More details about that: Kicad StepUp: The Sketcher for Footprint generation

General warnings for using development versions apply: Is it a good idea to use a nightly build version?


here is the issue now;

Do you think it is safe to upgrade to 5 ?
Will that over write the 4.0.5 version I have ?

Read the second link @Rene_Poschl posted above.

See also:

Great work, so much faster when you get advice.

I downloaded the slider.mod, no good to me…
I reviewed all posts and links above,
caught a snippet, a Trapezoid pad, it works very well…

Thanks to all.

Its a bit of a mess now, I cant seem to run a track to every pad, to satisfy the DRC
the auto snap wont let me get close to some pads.

Slider2.kicad_mod (4.4 KB)

Yes, How can IO use 5 ?
I have a lot of kicad files running on 4.05, will most of it come across ok ?

otherwise, I have the draft copy .mod file below

please guide me.

Migrating the projects from 4 to 5 may be problematic. I just wrote an article which tries to give some options. The safest way is to install 5 alongside 4 so that they can be used in parallel and continue with v4 for old projects.

Two recent threads discussed the possible problems in the upgrade process.