Hello I have question. I am in the process of developing a PCB which will be around ~12mm x ~18mm in size once it is finished. I would like to let JLCPCB produce and SMT assemble the boards. They are too small for SMT assembly and they are too small for V-grooves. I have been told that I can use mouse bites/breakaway tabs in order to produce my design on a larger scale.
The PCB also needs a program connector as JLCPCB does not offer a programming service. The grand masterplan is too program the pcbs and break away the program header after the deed.
I looked into mouse bites but I found a lot of different information ranging from python scripts to downloading special footprints.
From what I understand it is not a native feature nor footprint in pcbnew. I can manually copy the pcb, and redo the edge cuts and add the mouse bites in the form of small drill holes. But I am not sure of anything anymore.
Which solution is both relative easy and is not a tonne of work?
Also, any tips concerning cost reduction and pointers to other manufactures which do have a programming service would be appreciated alot.