Footprint editor should add half-oval pad shape

Bug #1814039 reported by Aaron Michael Williams on 2019-01-31
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Bug Description

I have come across a number of devices that suggest a half-oval pad where the other end is rectangular. I imagine this would not be difficult to add.

For example, I'm looking at the footprint at (page 25).

tags: added: pcbnew
Changed in kicad:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in kicad:
milestone: none → 6.0.0-rc1
Kerusey Karyu (keruseykaryu) wrote :

Aaron, you can compose your own pad shapes with KiCad 5.0, which has a tool for this purpose. Select one of `Custom` as a pad shape then open third tab in pad properties.

Rene Poeschl (poeschlr) wrote :

A bit off topic: Yes some manufactuers suggest such a pad shape. The industry standard (IPC) however suggests the use of pads that are symetrical. In 7351-B and earlier oblong pads (In kicad called oval) are suggested. The future 7351-C suggests to move to rounded rectangle pads.


Regarding the use of custom pads: Well they do not quite work with thermals at this point in time.

Changed in kicad:
status: New → Triaged
Rene Poeschl (poeschlr) wrote :

With a bit of tinkering this could be solved by a generalized version of the current chamfered pad. See

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