Recently I’ve used a complicated procedure which I will even not be able to reproduce step by step.
Generally it contains generating of gerber files with a tricky layers on and off and some additional options (like not to plot a references). After that I used online gerber view tool named www.gerber-viewer.com where I uploaded layer after layer and than (luckily) plot the result to PDF.
First of all the assembling employee argued that the drawing was not any good:
- No references (actually it wasn’t to simple to place simultaneously both: references and values = component names).
- Component names goes on the pads in some places
I can add some criticism from my own point of view: low text resolution and small size (as you can see the drawing itself occupies only about 1/4 of the A4 list space).
Finally the procedure is time consuming and really complicated.
Is there any better way to make a good assembly drawings from KiCAD?
My clumsy examples: