Hi all, Has anybody had a chance to check the draft document I made on Pad Stacks <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lxBI7_X_I7pO-nuDHPRVlfRBH24XTmwuuN69o_Bqk3s/edit?usp=sharing> ?
I would like at least some feedback if this is the kind of document you would be looking for, or if not what to change about it/what it should focus on. I'm keen on pad stacks in KiCad since CADSTAR heavily relies on them - at the moment the importer wouldn't be able to handle complex cases. I would like to help wherever I can to get this in before v6 feature freeze. Thanks. Roberto. On Sun, 21 Jun 2020 at 12:19, Roberto Fernández Bautista < roberto.fer....@gmail.com> wrote: > Jon, > > Thanks for the advice. It will still be a while until I have something > working but yes, I will create a merge request once I have a skeleton for > the importer. > > @Jeff Young - I've made you an editor of the document I made on Pad Stacks > <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lxBI7_X_I7pO-nuDHPRVlfRBH24XTmwuuN69o_Bqk3s/edit?usp=sharing>. > Hopefully you will have received a separate email with an editor's link. > Let me know if that wasn't the case. > > Roberto > > On Sun, 21 Jun 2020 at 02:51, Jon Evans <j...@craftyjon.com> wrote: > >> Hi Roberto, >> >> Welcome! Thanks for pointing that out about Altium, I learn something >> new every day! >> >> I recommend that you open a merge request for your CADSTAR importer >> once it is far enough along for people to do some basic tests. You >> can mark it as "WIP", but having the MR open early will help get early >> testing and review so that we can help get it in for V6. >> >> Regarding Pad Stacks, @Jeff Young is probably the best person to sync >> with on the lead dev team as he has recently been doing some of the >> groundwork. >> >> Best, >> Jon >> >> On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 9:07 PM Roberto Fernández Bautista >> <roberto.fer....@gmail.com> wrote: >> > >> > Hi all, >> > >> > I'm new to the mailing list. I just wanted to make you aware that I'm >> starting work on a native Zuken CADSTAR importer for KiCad. I intend to >> follow a similar approach to @pointhi in the forums for his Altium importer >> - trying to stick to similar class structure where possible. My "short" >> term plan is to provide an importer for the CADSTAR PCB archive format >> (which is an ASCII file that is based on S-expressions). Since I'm doing >> this in my free time, I expect it will take a few months but hopefully the >> PCB importer would be ready before KiCad v6 feature freeze. Once I have >> something that sort of works, I'll make a merge request and ask for further >> feedback on how to improve it. >> > >> > Now, on a second note, I'd like to provide some input on Pad Stacks. I >> joined the mailing list after the last post on the thread "How do we >> envision Pad Stacks?" ( >> https://lists.launchpad.net/kicad-developers/msg44006.html), so I can't >> reply to that thread directly, unfortunately. However, the topic discussed >> in that thread is very relevant to the work I am trying to do with the >> CADSTAR importer (and I bet also important for the Altium importer >> @pointhi made). >> > >> > I'd like to point out two small inaccuracies in Jon's message: >> > >> > In Altium you can define a full pad stack when editing footprints: >> Altium uses a default 14-electrical-layer board stackup which is then >> mapped to whatever layers you actually use in your design when you include >> the footprint. >> > You can define a SMD pad in an inner layer. >> > >> > Please see attached screenshots from v20.1 showing above two cases, >> maybe earlier versions didn't allow this?. More details can be found here: >> https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/pcb-prop-padpad-properties-ad >> . >> > >> > >> > To keep this email short, I've created a document with other bits of >> information that I feel might be useful (such as how CADSTAR handles Pad >> Stacks) as well as some suggestions for Pad Stack implementation in KiCad - >> maybe this could be the start of a more complex design document? >> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lxBI7_X_I7pO-nuDHPRVlfRBH24XTmwuuN69o_Bqk3s/edit?usp=sharing >> > >> > Since this mailing list is public, I have made the above link view only >> access, but if you'd like to edit, just request it. >> > >> > Please let me know what you think. >> > >> > Roberto Fernandez (Qbort) >> > >> > >> > _______________________________________________ >> > Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~kicad-developers >> > Post to : email@example.com >> > Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~kicad-developers >> > More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp >> >
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