When you have been using KiCad for a while to make PCBs, one of the things you will come to find is a pain is that by default the KiCad grid origin is set up in the top left of the Paper Space, which makes it a bit of a pain to use the position X and Y coordinates system. I assumed that someone must have written an online tutorial on how to move the origin. However, despite looking for instructions for moving the PCB Grid Origin, I ended up raising a support ticket.
The Origin (0,0) in the properties dialogue is outside the frame in paper space, The ability to move the origin would allow for easier setup of PCB edge.cuts, as well as placement of components on the PCB. as the Start Point, and the grid would have the same origin.Support Ticker #15628
Then I was informed in the ticket the functionality already exists in KiCad, and the ticket was closed with the following information:
You could already set the origin to different positions:
- global Preferences –> pcb editor –> Origins & axes –> Display origin –> use drill file origin / use grid origin
Maik Freitag in support ticket #15628
- subsequently set the drill/grid origin point to any desired location (main menu –> Place –> set drill origin/set grid origin)
The Default location of the Origin
As you can see from the above image the cursor is on the origin, X and Y in the status bar read 0,0.
Moving the Origin
the instructions from above are “global Preferences –> pcb editor –> Origins & axes –> Display origin –> use drill file origin / use grid origin”
There are three choices for “Display Origin”, Page origin, Drill/place file origin, and Grid origin.
This is the default origin and is the top left corner of the Paper Space. the origin that I am trying to move away from,
Drill/Place file origin
This is the first of the two origins that we can customise the location of, the Drill/Place file is normally used by PCB fabrication houses when fabricating your PCBs. For PCBs (I normally get my PCBs made up by PCB Way).
I place the grid origin in the same location as I place the Drill/place file origin, and in the preferences choose the Grid Origin as my display origin