First Board Sent to Fab!


#1

So, I sent this ^^^ to OSH Park tonight!

Realize that there are a number of things I would do differently if this were not my first design. Some things are intentionally done “not recommended by IPC”; and I have a reason for this. I want to determine for myself what the effects are if not done according to the almighty IPC. I’ve been a military avionics technician for a very long time now. I’ve seen things work well for a very long time that the IPC frowns upon.

Only thing I forgot to do in the design was trying the new IPC approved oval pads on the SMD parts.

I do have one question though, “How likely are the Gerbers that I generated with OSH Park settings to be compatible with other fab houses?”

GIANT THANKS to EVERYONE here on the forum. I’ve learned things from almost every post.


#2

Nice! You could do a hell of a lot worse in your first board :+1:

Generally the only thing I change from one fab to the next is the filenames - they all have their own expected naming conventions.


#3

Well, I’ve seen/worked a LOT of different boards during my time on this planet. Some of the good stuff probably got learned by subconscious mental adsorption of the things I liked, and the things I hated.

Just really want to emphasize that some things in the design were intentionally not done the way I know they “should” be; I’m a rebel, a rabble rouser, and I want to find out what I can get away with!

Thanks for the compliment though!

And, it will be neat to compare the JPG with the final product. I promise to try to duplicate the angle of the 3D viewer. However, at the moment, I did not see a way to change the color of the solder mask; so the photo of the OSH Park board will have purple solder mask instead of the typical dark green color.

Filenames, or “filename extensions” or “both”?


#4

Well, extensions. Those are part of the filename :slight_smile:

Mask color should be in Preferences → Choose Colors → Solder Mask Color inside the 3D viewer.


#5

INVISIBLE to the typical Windoze user that does’t have that one box checkmarked the correct way.

And, THANKS for the color information! Now I am going to get a purple board that will be a reasonably close match in color to what I can show on the “viewing monitor” at the maker space.


#6

Unhiding file extensions is a critical part of the Windows setup :slight_smile:


#7

The whole point of using Gerbers is that the format is a standard!


#8

And yet there are so many options when generating them :wink:


#9

ROFLMAO!

It is a STANDARD, but I might likely have to change the file name extensions that are by default NOT shown on Windoze machines!

I think I need another Rum and Coke… I can understand the effects of those settings… Lol.


#10

Aaaaand…KiCad has driven another innocent engineer to drink :grin:


#11

I thought my exclamation point was sufficient to let you all know I was being facetious!


#12

I have read you long enough :older_man: that I knew where to shelf that answer.
On the other hand we have all those nice little icons here… a shame not to use them :ghost: