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.
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 pre-requisites 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.
Please read the course description and watch the free lectures in the first section to get more information about this course.
What you'll learn
The "KiCad Like a Pro 2e" book
This course is also available as a book, both ebook and in print (expected to be available by the end of December 2018).
As a student of KiCad Like a Pro 2e (video course), you will have the opportunity to purchase the ebook bundle at a 20% discount of its normal price. Look out for the welcome email which will contain information of how to take advantage of this offer.
The book contains all the content of the video course, as well as dozens of additional recipes that are not available in the video course.
While the video course is perfect for the first-time KiCad learner, the book is ideal as both a stand-alone learning resource, and as a quick reference.
The eBook version is available in a bundle that contains:
With any of these files, you can quickly scroll and search through the book's 450 pages of fully illustrated content.
If you prefer to print and keep a physical copy of the book on your desk while you work with KiCad or watch the lecture videos, you can do so with your personalised version of the ebook.
Peter Dalmaris is an educator, electrical engineer, electronics hobbyist, and Maker. Creator of online video courses on DIY electronics and author of three technical books, and has recently released his book Maker Education Revolution.
As a Chief Tech Explorer since 2013 at Tech Explorations, the company he founded in Sydney, Australia, Peter’s mission is to explore technology and help educate the world.
Tech Explorations offers educational courses and Bootcamps for electronics hobbyists, STEM students and STEM teachers.
A life-long learner, Peter’s core skill is in explaining difficult concepts through video and text. With over 15 years of tertiary teaching experience, Peter has developed a simple yet comprehensive style in teaching that students from all around the world appreciate.
His passion for technology and in particular for the world of DIY open source hardware has been a dominant driver that has guided his personal development and his work through Tech Explorations.
Peter’s current online courses have helped over 60,000 people from around the world to be better Makers.
For more information on Peter's work, please go to his web site.