python script to create fzpz files for fritzing
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FZPZF is a little python script that creates chip-definitions for fritzing. it is a quick hack, so you don't have to use illustrator or inkscape if you want to add a microcontroller to your fritzing library. licensed under mit license

to create your part you can follow these three steps to see what the script is able to do, just execute some .fzpz files will be generated in the out folder.

1. create a .part file

just look at the files parts/16f688.part or parts/max232. they should illustrate how to create your own file. instead, you can also follow this mini-tutorial. just open your favourite text-editor. and create the file 12f629.part in the parts folder.

first you need some meta data: the name of the part and it's keywords.

*TAGS pic, microchip, 8bit

the asterix(*) tells the script a new section in the file follows. Keywords are comma seperated.

The most important part are the pins:

$1 VDD    2.0V-5V
$4 GP3    GP3 MCLR VPP
$8 VSS    0V

we need to tell the parser, that pins will be defined next, so we write *PINS. pins start with a dollar sign. when redefining pins for extra packages this will be easier to read and write. the pin number is followed by some whitespace, and after that the pin name is written down. if you want to add a pin description, you can add more whitespace (a single space, or a tab will be possible, too) and a pin-description.

we also need to tell the script that it should create a schematic-graphic.


but sometimes you want to reorder the pins for the schematic-graphic:

T ,$1,$8,
L ,$7,$6,$5
R ,$4,$3,$2

T,L,R and B (not used here) are the sides of the schematic-graphic in order: Top, Bottom, Right, Left. now you can decide where you want to add the pin. the additional commas are for formatting purposes, to avoid overlaps in the text.

if you just define the R and L side, you also need to define the top side (T) with commas ,,,, to receive a good result.

now we have a chip and it's pins, but we also need the physical dimensions.

*PACKAGE microchip/SOIC
*PACKAGE microchip/DFN-S

same syntax we've seen before. as i learned, the packages slightly differ depending on what manufacture you use. if you are lucky all packages will be already defined, but as this is an example, the DFN-S-package is not defined yet. otherwise we could directly jump to step 3

2. create a package-file

the files DIL and microchip/QFN-4mm-16 have some comments. let's create a file named exactly like we used it for the *PACKAGE. so in our case we navigate to the microchip folder and create a file named DFN-S

same thing as before: we need a name first:


this appears to be the name of the 6x5mm body, so we don't need to put the dimensions in the name

now we have to tell the script what size and what type the pin are of. there are simple PADs but also THTs you can choose from. the syntax slightly differs. for the THT we need to write smth. like:

*PIN THT <diameter hole>, <width>, <height>

if width and height are not equal, the pin will have a rect shape with a center hole. if width matches height, a circle will be produced. but as we try to make a smd package, we need to define a smd pin:

*PIN PAD 0.45mm, 1.10mm

you could also use inch, pt or mils as dimensions. next step is to specify the grid. we need the space between the pins (e.g. distance between pin 1 and 2)

*E 1.27mm

and also the distance in the other direction, (distance between pin 1 and 8 in our example):

*C 5.6mm

a picture is worth a thousand words:

    ____ ____
   |    U    |
###|1       8|### --|
   |         |      c
###|2       7|### --|
   |         |
###|3       6|###
   |         |
###|4       5|###


if we would have a smd part where the pins are all around the chip, we would just define CH, and the script would do the rest. see microchip/QFN-4mm-16 as an example

3. let python do the rest

that's it. everything else should be done by the script. open a terminal window, cd to the folder you downloaded this sourcecode to and execute python now the out folder shout be filled with *.fzdz files. you can also check the temp folder, to see if you like the svg graphics, this should be faster then importing the .fzdzf files, look at them, and deleting them again.