PCB Workbench

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Introduction

Printed Circuit Board Workbench for FreeCAD (PCB)

Flexible Printed Circuit Board Workbench for FreeCAD (FPCB)

Module allows you to import/create PCB boards in FreeCAD. Scope of module:

  • support for many different layers,
  • possible to choose colours, transparency and names for each layer,
  • module allows you to import IGES/STP models with colours,
  • possible to show holes/vias independent.

References

Tools

For detailed workbench use description see index.pdf in the source code or manual

Toolbar

PCB-menu-orizz.png

Drop down menu

PCB-export-BOM.png PCB-export-hole.png PCB-create-new.png PCB-explode.png PCB-bounding-box.png


Installation

Automatic installation

This workbench can be installed from the Addon Manager.

From GitHub

Prerequisites

FreeCAD-PCB requires FreeCAD in version 0.18 or higher and Python version 2.7 or higher.

Linux Installation Instructions (From GitHub)

Unpack downloaded zip file and copy extracted folder to directory where FreeCAD is installed (subfolder Mod).

Example:

  • FreeCAD path:
~/Programs/FreeCAD
  • So copy mod to folder
~/Programs/FreeCAD/Mod
  • You can also copy files to folder
~/.FreeCAD/Mod .
  • Next change read/write permission to 777. Please don't forget about parameter -R!

Example:

chmod 777 -R PCB

Windows Installation Instructions (From GitHub)

Unpack downloaded zip file and copy extracted folder to direction where FreeCAD is installed (subfolder Mod).

Example:

  • FreeCAD path:
C:/Program Files/FreeCAD-0.18
  • So copy mod to folder
C:/Program Files/FreeCAD-0.18/Mod
  • Next change read/write permission for all users. Click right button on folder PCB and choose Properties →

Security → Edit → Users and mark all checkboxes under 'Allow' option.

MacOS Installation Instructions (From GitHub)

Links to FreeCAD-PCB WB

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