This PDF file contains the first 84 pages of Kicad Like a Pro 2nd edition in PDF format. Feel free to download it and have a look inside before you purchase the full version.
Printed circuit boards (PCB) are, perhaps, the most undervalued component of modern electronics. Usually made of fiberglass, PCBs are responsible for holding in place and interconnecting the various components that make virtually all electronic devices work.
The design of complex printed circuit boards was something that only skilled engineers could do. These engineers used to expensive computer-aided design tools. The boards they designed were manufactured in exclusive manufacturing facilities in large numbers.
During the last 20 years, we have seen high-end engineering capabilities becoming available to virtually anyone that wants them. Computer-aided design tools and manufacturing facilities for PCBs are one mouse click away.
This has to be the best course you have offered so far. And the others were excellent. The amount of time your spent making KiCad Like a Pro 2nd edition is just amazing. I learned so much about designing PCBs. I have made two with your earlier KiCad course and one new one with this course.
I am also very happy with the Book Version of the Course and I find myself often going to the recipes section to add a symbol or to make a custom footprint. I recommend that anyone taking this course should also purchase the book version. It is a great reference for looking up that little trick or trying to do something outside the normal functions of the software.
As I said earlier, I think your courses are excellent because you take the time to teach new concepts. With your background I have been able to move beyond what you taught us to add my own ideas. I have put together a number of Arduino/Pi projects and having the ability to make PCBs instead of trying to solder protoboards has made the resulting boards/projects more reliable.
I wholeheartedly recommend this KiCad like a Pro course as well as any other course you teach.
Thank you for all you do.
You’re doing an outstanding job.
I tried learning Kicad on my own and got frustrated.
I took your course and just got my first PCBs back. And they work!
Thanks so much. Stephen
Hi Peter, I’m just finishing up your course on KiCad, and wanted to let you know that I’ve found it to be of excellent quality. I had already watched the Getting to Blinky 4.0 tutorials (https://youtu.be/JN_Y93RTdSo) and the Digikey tutorials (https://youtu.be/gIf8sdd-JL4), but was left with a lot of questions. Your course filled in the key shadow areas, and greatly enlarged my overall understanding and skill. In fact, I was able to complete a reasonably complex PCB circuit of my own design about half way through the tutorials. I’m currently awaiting the delivery of the attached board from PCBway. I really appreciated the logical development of your materials. The subject matter was well thought out, and you succeeded in making the topics easily accessible. Bravo! Thanks again for this excellent work, and I wish you all the best with your endeavours! Kind regards, Carey PS, I was so satisfied I’ve gone ahead and purchased four additional courses you teach on Arduino.
KiCad is one of those tools. Perhaps the world’s most popular (and best) computer-aided design tool for making printed circuit boards, KiCad is open source, fully featured, well-funded and supported, well documented. It is the perfect tool for electronics engineers and hobbyists alike, used to create amazing PCBs. KiCad has reached maturity and is now a fully featured and stable choice for anyone that needs to design custom PCBs.
This book will teach you to use KiCad. Whether you are a hobbyist or an electronics engineer, this book will help you become productive quickly, and start designing your own boards.
Are you a hobbyist? Is the breadboard a bottleneck in your projects? Do you want to become skilled in circuit board design? If yes, then KiCad and this book are a perfect choice. Use KiCad to design custom boards for your projects. Don’t leave your projects on the breadboard, gathering dust and falling apart. Complete your prototyping process with a beautiful PCB and give your projects a high-quality, professional look.
Are you an electronics engineer? Perhaps you already use a CAD tool for PCB design. Are you interested in learning KiCad and experience the power and freedom of open-source software? If yes, then this book will help you become productive with KiCad very quickly. You can build on your existing PCB design knowledge and learn KiCad through hands-on projects.
This book takes a practical approach to learning. It consists of four projects of incremental difficulty and recipes.
The projects will teach you basic and advanced features of KiCad. If you have absolutely no prior knowledge of PCB design, you will find that the introductory project will teach you the very basics. You can then continue with the rest of the projects. You will design a board for a breadboard power supply, a tiny Raspberry Pi HAT, and an Arduino clone with extended memory and clock integrated circuits.
The book includes a variety of recipes for frequently used activities. You can use this part as a quick reference at any time.
The book is supported by the author via a page that provides access to additional resources.