Text in Copper Zone


#41

Awesome! Glad it worked for you!


#42

Any chance the layer could be simply edited from F.Cu to “Keepout area” in the file? Or is this impossible?


#43

Is it possible to do the ‘inverted copper’ as shown? image


Enable drill marks for Gerber files
#44

Not directly, but the expanded Gerber standard supports black and white (positive/negative) plotting, so you could plot the text on a separate layers and then instruct the board fab to add as negative to the coppers, or you could manually edit/append the copper Gerber files with the negative header + text.

Doing this, the user (of course) needs to take care to ensure the negative text does not cross any traces :slight_smile:


#45

Not sure how to do this. Does anyone know what layers/objects in KiCAD would create this?


#46

A bit late to the party but here we go:

I see two options.

One option would be to create keepout area(s) from the text. This keepout area(s) can then be placed inside a zone.

The second option is to create a custom pad that is a rectangle on the outside and has the text cut away. (Sadly there is no “negative” pad shape so you would need to create a single polygon with the text removed. Have a look at this part of the kicad-footprint-generator for inspiration)


#47

The lazy solution is to just trace over the text with traces, then it shows as desired.

Edit: Reread the later question, Yes keepout zones set to arbitary slope is a way to accomplish it, little bit annoying, but it functions.

edit: For the “e” at the left end of the horizontal stroke, I went up, traced out the top void, then continued down on the tail


#48

Keepout areas are zones, filled zones could be converted to keepouts, but not tracks or letters. And text is a simple item with the text string and properties in the file, it’s not lines and can’t be converted to something other.


#49

There is a wish for this: https://bugs.launchpad.net/kicad/+bug/1463857