[sdiy] Duplicates and multiples in KiCAD

Jason Nanna jasonnanna at gmail.com
Tue Mar 19 20:05:57 CET 2013

You can use the python script Gerbmerge to merge your gerbers
together.  It's pretty manual, and requires you to set up offsets for
x/y panelization.

I once watched a youtube tutorial on duplicating sub-boards, which
involved using variable numbers for netnames. from what I remember it
was a pretty messy process, but it can be done.

No way to import gerbers into Kicad as far as I can tell.  What are
you trying to accomplish with that?  You'd obviously have no netlist.
I'd use gerbv if you want to merge PCB's.  Looking just now, it seems
as though gerbv also supports panelization.

On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM, Tim Parkhurst <tim.parkhurst at gmail.com> wrote:
> So I've run into a situation where I need to do duplicates and
> panelized boards in KiCAD, and I have to admit I have no idea how to
> go about it, or even if it's possible.
> By "duplicates" I mean duplicating most of a circuit several times on
> a single board, For example two or three LFO circuits on a PCB, all
> fed by the same power input and maybe featuring some other common
> circuitry.
> By "multiples" I mean duplicating an entire board several times to
> make a panelized layout. The separate boards would then be cut apart
> later.
> Oooh, one more question: is there a way to import Gerbers into KiCAD?
> Of course, I'm going to go fish around and find some KiCAD forums, but
> I figure I'd ask here first, since this is where all the cool kids
> hang out.
> Tim (Copy and Putz) Servo
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