Two PCB connected via header pins


#1

I would like to draw two PCB that are connected via male/female header pins for some I/O pins, I2C, power & Gnd …

How shall I go about doing this ?

Can I do it in a single schematic n single pcbnew or do I need a separate files for each .sch & .kicad_pcb ??

Thanks


#2

I prefer 2 different projects, one per pcb. I usually do it this way.


#3

I think kicad generally assumes that one project holds only one pcb.


#4

You could, but when you generate gerbers you will get both PCBs in the same gerbers. Depending on how you intend to manufacture that may or not be a problem. You could even design them as a mini-panel.

Generally it is recommended to keep one PCB per project, but if you are aware of the limitations there is not really a problem. I guess worst case is you have to split it into two PCBs later.


#5

I am bit confused how it will look like between those male/female? But waiting to see …


#6

You can do protosnap., Test without headers. Snap them apart and install headers.

Protosnap


#7

Kinda like how Arduino shield concept … male pins attached to a female headers …


#8

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