Setting up Library Loader for use with KiCad
Please note you MUST have Library Loader V2.39 or later to work with the *.kicad_mod files which now include 3D Models.
To prevent these instructions from showing every time you download a part, please uncheck “Show Library Import Instructions” from the KiCad EDA settings in Library Loader. If you want to review these at any point, you can click the Help link in the same dialog.
Please note that these instructions are still relevant for the KiCad 6 release as it still supports the “legacy” *.lib symbol library format. The only feature of Library Loader that no longer works with KiCad 6 is the “Launch KiCad on download” which should be unchecked under Options as pictured above.
Steps 1-15 cover a one-time only setup
1 – Change “Your ECAD Tool” in Library Loader to “KiCad EDA” and then click Settings.
2 – Review the library directory and files that have been setup automatically. If you choose to change the Libraries Directory, please note that this MUST be a writable directory (outside of Program Files).
3 – Launch KiCad, and then click the “Symbol Editor” button or select “Edit Schematic Symbols” from the Tools menu.
4 – Select “Manage Symbol Libraries…” from the Preferences menu.
5 – Select the Global Libraries tab, and then click the Folder icon.
6 – Select the SamacSys_Parts.lib file from the library directory in step 2 i.e. C:\SamacSys_PCB_Library\KiCad\SamacSys_Parts.lib by default and then click Open.
7 – Click OK.
8 – A sample symbol is supplied which can be viewed by double-clicking the NE555DR in the SamacSys_Parts library. Then quit the Symbol Editor.
9 – Click the “Footprint Editor” button or select “Edit PCB Footprints” from the Tools menu.
10 – Select “Manage Footprint Libraries…” from the Preferences menu.
11 – Select the Global Libraries tab, and then click the Folder icon.
12 – Select the SamacSys_Parts.pretty folder from the library directory in step 2 i.e. C:\SamacSys_PCB_Library\KiCad\ by default and then click OK.
13 – Click OK.
14 – A sample footprint is supplied which can be viewed by double-clicking the NE555DR in the SamacSys_Parts library.
15 – Select 3D Viewer from the View menu to preview the 3D Model on the footprint.
Using Library Loader with KiCad
1 – Search for a part on our or a partners website e.g. https://componentsearchengine.com/ga
2 – Click the ECAD Model download link.
3 – Click “DOWNLOAD”.
4 – A confirmation message from Library Loader will pop up.
5 – Select Symbol from the Place menu in the Schematic Layout Editor and then click your left mouse button on the schematic.
6 – Select the downloaded part from the SamacSys_Parts library and then click OK. Tip: type “sama” in the Filter to find the SamacSys_Parts library.
7 – The part is complete, and ready to Layout on the Printed Circuit Board with the 3D model.