Toggle switch tutorial

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I’m trying to recreate this symbol on kiCAD. It is a toggle switch. I do not seem to know where to find the circles.


What circles do you mean?
I do not see any circles in your screenshot.

It’s also not clear which library symbol you used as example.

Maybe it’s just: Symbol Editor / Place / Circle ?

Another possibility is to use “inverting pins” which have a circle attached. This is sometimes abused for graphical purposes.

Hi Paulvdh

I mean circles like this: image

The sample picture is from a schematic created in altium. I’m just trying to recreate the switch symbol in kicad - the circles do not have to be there.

Thanks in advance for your help

Looks quite a lot like:

And the circles there are just regular graphical circles, and I do not understand well why you may have any problem with them.

I do see you have a green wire attached. You can only do that in the schematic editor (Eeschema). For modiying or creating symbols you need the Symbol Editor.

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I’m trying to create a symbol and footprint for this particular toggle switch qwithh model E101. Will the sw_spdt symbol work for this?

Yes, in KiCAD the symbols and footprints are only loosely couple, meaning that you can use the stock symbol from kicad and associated with your desired footprint; that being said, if you want to have a pair of symbol/footprint to use later in other projects, you simply make a copy of the symbol into your personal library, rename as you want and associate your footprint to it, that way, every time you use the symbol from your personal library, it will be associated with that footprint.

p.s. When using generic symbols from the KiCAD library, you should verify that the pinout corresponds to the one you expect in the footprint.

Here some links from the forum’s FAQ:

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