Using existing footprints in new footprint

Hey all!

Here is my question. Is it possible (and if so, how) to add an existing component to a new footprint? I am trying to make a library of logic gates. But I want to use transistors/resistors. So I made symbols which are simple gates, but I want to make the footprint include transistors and resistors.

Is there a way I can import existing parts into my new footprint? Or do I need to go in and make it all myself?


Daniel Jackson

I’m not sure but all files are text based so at minimum you can try cut and paste.

Sounds like you want to create “subcircuits”, but KiCad does not support that feature.

That would be awesome! Bummer we don’t have it :frowning:

So, I’ve decided to use hierarchical sheets to do this. It means I still have to setup each and every part, but it’s better than nothing.

And it has the benefit of creating a correct BOM

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