Is there ever going to be a decent way to via staple in layout? The way layout handles vias in shapes is confounding…
I think there is something planed for release 5 of kicad. But i think it is not yet finished.
In the meantime you can use the workaround of using a single pad footprint where you set the netname manually.
It’s generally “known” that pcbnew doesn’t really support via stitching. You have to link together a bunch of vias using traces, so that they keep their net association. And this is clunky. The traces get in the way of everything, look distracting, and will be removed by “Cleanup Tracks and Vias”.
Here’s a better way. It’s a bit long-winded to set up, but easy to use once you get it going.
Click “Open footprint editor” on the right toolbar: [image]
Click “New footprint” on the top toolbar: […
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Please find attached a tool to via stitching in python. It’s work directly on python console inside pcbnew.
I had successfully test it under Linux. Tell me if it’s working on OSX and Windows…
I had use it on daily build of KiCad. Not (yet) tested on stable versions 4.0.X…
To use it:
First you neet to copy this file (named FillArea.py) in your kicad_plugins directory (~/.kicad_plugins/ on Linux)
Launch pcbnew and open python console (last entry of Tools menu)
Then enter the followin…