Arduino Shield Modules for KiCad V2

by nicholasclewis, published

Arduino Shield Modules for KiCad V2 by nicholasclewis Feb 15, 2011


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This has been replaced by http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:9630. It has added versions, "*_040pins", with larger pin holes to allow for larger non-stackable pins. This version works perfectly with female stackable header pins but not with many regular male pins.

This replaces the prior version. Some of the pins on the Mega were incorrectly labeled. I also re-arranged some pins so that they made more sense.

These are modules for both EESchema and PCBNew in KiCad. They will allow you to make PCBs that have the appropriate header positions for a Arduino shield. I adapted files I found on the KiCad yahoo group (http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/kicad-users/files/Library/ArduinoShield.ZIP posted by axtz4) adding a version for the MEGA.

I have found many Eagle librarys but very few for KiCad, I hope this encourages others to use this great tool and share more KiCad files.


Add these files to your KiCad library & modules folders, add them to your project, and enjoy.

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The footprint has a design bug. The drill holes have been setup with 0.032" drill holes. However, in order to fit standard 0.1" headers connectors they need to be 0.04". If you produce a shield using this footprint in a factory you probably won't be able to insert your headers.

Fixed version available at http://www.2shared.com/file/eYdsv8af/ARDUINO_SHIELD.htmlhttp://www.2shared.com/file/eY... (only Arduino, no mega)

Thanks for sharing anyway.

I have created a modified version, http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:9630http://www.thingiverse.com/thi..., for people who want to use larger pins.

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Thank you for the suggestion, however the headers I have (female stackable) measure under 0.032" and would fit well in these holes. (Additionally, the hole sizes were not changed from the original file from axtz4.)

That being said, I strongly suggest anyone using any PCB library check the file against their parts before using them. :)

If you have a modified version it would be nice to share it here as well so that others have that as an option if their headers have larger pins. Many people would prefer to download files here and it allows proper attributions.


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