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  1. Open KiCAD
    • Open KiCAD

  2. Open the PCB Editor Click on File -> Plot
    • Open the PCB Editor

    • Click on File -> Plot

  3. Select Postscript from the drop down menu
    • Select Postscript from the drop down menu

    • Choose a directory for the destination of your files.

    • In this example it is set to the default, "gerber/"

  4. Select back side
    • Select back side

    • Since it is already mirrored, we do not need to select "mirrored"

    • Select 'small' under 'drill holes'

    • Click on 'Plot'

  5. Select the front side
    • Select the front side

    • Since this is not mirrored by default, select 'mirrored plot'

    • Every other option stays the same as before

    • Click on 'Plot'

  6. Silkscreens help with placing components, but they are an optional step
    • Silkscreens help with placing components, but they are an optional step

    • Select the Front Silkscreen

    • The options here depend on what you prefer.

  7. The back silkscreen is mirrored, so select "mirrored plot" to reverse this.
    • The back silkscreen is mirrored, so select "mirrored plot" to reverse this.

  8. Open Inkscape Under File -> Document Properties, select the correct page size you will be printing
    • Open Inkscape

    • Under File -> Document Properties, select the correct page size you will be printing

  9. Select File -> Import in order to obtain the plots Select the highest quality possible
    • Select File -> Import in order to obtain the plots

    • Select the highest quality possible

  10. Place the image in the correct position on your page Repeat the process for both front side and back side.
    • Place the image in the correct position on your page

    • Repeat the process for both front side and back side.

    • In order to make the best use of your print, it is recommended to copy the design many times in order to have spares.

  11. Select File -> Save As and save your document as a PDF The PDF can now be printed onto acrylic paper (or any other method of your choosing) in order to make your own PCBs! The PDF can now be printed onto acrylic paper (or any other method of your choosing) in order to make your own PCBs!
    • Select File -> Save As and save your document as a PDF

    • The PDF can now be printed onto acrylic paper (or any other method of your choosing) in order to make your own PCBs!

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