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KiCad templates for Euro front panels?
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efm-7
Greetings everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone here has done the legwork of creating a library for euro panels and footprints for common pot/jack holes.

I figure I'd ask first before going though numerous rounds of trial and error, especially since it takes up to 8+ weeks for boards to get to me! I'd rather start with something known to work rather than spend like a year tweaking dimensions!
groove
efm-7 wrote:
Greetings everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone here has done the legwork of creating a library for euro panels and footprints for common pot/jack holes.

I figure I'd ask first before going though numerous rounds of trial and error, especially since it takes up to 8+ weeks for boards to get to me! I'd rather start with something known to work rather than spend like a year tweaking dimensions!


these may help:

https://github.com/russellmcc/eurorack_kicad
https://github.com/nebs/eurocad
Morphology
Not a library of footprints, but you might find something in my KiCad front panels:

https://github.com/AudioMorphology/Europi/tree/master/kicad

Nothing magic, just a few holes & cutouts. I'm not really sure a library would help all that much?
Rob Kam
Eagle not KiCad but there are some quality panels and footprints at https://github.com/TomWhitwell/MTM-Parts-Library
flts
efm-7 wrote:
I figure I'd ask first before going though numerous rounds of trial and error, especially since it takes up to 8+ weeks for boards to get to me! I'd rather start with something known to work rather than spend like a year tweaking dimensions!


Sorry that this doesn't answer your question directly, and I'm not sure if this is obvious, but for panels it doesn't make sense to order something you haven't checked is roughly correct first:

- Get access to a normal desktop printer
- Confirm that you can get it to print things in correct scale, by measuring end result with a caliper
- Print the panel / part of the panel you're trying out
- Glue or tape the paper to a piece of thin cardboard / heavy paper
- Use a hobby knife to cut out the holes
- Dry fit the module, if things do not line up or holes turn out to be wrong size, iterate from one of the previous phases

For individual hole sizes for components, either measure the part of the actual component that goes through the hole with a caliper, or measure the hole in a "known working" panel with a caliper. Or look at the datasheet if everything else fails.

For panel dimensions themselves, look at Doepfer's site regarding A100 mechanical dimensions, they give a pretty clear set of measurements.

Only at the point when you have a panel that seems to dry fit perfectly as a printed copy (and you've again confirmed that the printer isn't scaling the image up or down by measuring), go and order some from a PCB house. If something has accidentally gone wrong somewhere in the process they still may not be completely OK, but this way you cut down the main iterations of making correct panel layouts and correct size component holes to 15 minutes from 8 weeks.
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