Welcome to KiCad Like a Pro, 2nd edition, from Tech Explorations, a course that can help you learn how to design custom Printed Circuit Boards using KiCad.
KiCad is an open source and free tool that you can use to design your own PCBs. It is perhaps the world’s most popular (and, in my opinion, the best) computer-aided design tool for making printed circuit boards.
It’s the perfect tool for electronics engineers and hobbyists alike.
PCBs are, perhaps, the most undervalued component of modern electronics. We use PCBs to hold in place and interconnect the various components that make virtually all electronic devices work.
This course will teach you how to use KiCad.
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.
It takes a practical approach to learning. All of the learning takes place in the form of projects of incremental difficulty.
Whether you are a hobbyist or an electronics engineer, this book will help you become productive quickly, and start designing your own boards.
The only prerequisites are a computer, an Internet connection, and the willingness to learn.
By the end of the course, you'll be able to use KiCad to design and manufacture multi-layer PCBs with highly integrated components and a professional-looking finish.
The course contains four projects that give many opportunities to learn and practice all of KiCad's important features.
Apart from the projects, the course contains full sections dedicated to PCB and design principles and concepts. These ensure that you will master the fundamentals so that your PCB project are awesome.
The course includes repositories for each of the projects which you can download and edit on your computer.
If you are someone who is interested in designing PCBs using KiCad, or moving to KiCad from another CAD application, then this course is for you.