I need some boards assembled and I want to help make the PCBA plugin work. (thus this is about making the plugins work, not help me work around them and get boards. I’ll wait for the boards in favor of debugging the plugins)
The board I am trying to order:
There is this from 2020:
What I have found so far:
“Sorry, new users can only put 2 links in a post.” um… my history shows I started in 2020 - how am I still “new” ?
Anyway, I will follow up with what I have found. stay tuned!
Also, is there a place to index the PCBA plugins and how well they work with the vendors?
readme: This plugin is not yet very well tested and only works for KiCAD 6.0!
artok : I’ve been successfully generated build files and bom +
placement on kicad 7
alexisvl: JLC doesn’t seem to follow any actual standards for part
I tried it:
2023.04.18 17:32:05 - DEBUG - update_from_board - Part R16 does not
exist in the database and will be created from the board.
There was not much to it. I went through and identified the LCSC part numbers using the plugin, but I think there is some degree of automation on the website so this step may not have been entirely necessary. YMMV
There is also some ability to put in rotation correction data through the plugin. It’s a bit confusing, and you can correct placement and rotation of parts manually on the websites preview. A person will look at your files and do this for you if you don’t so this step is just to avoid confusion and ensure repeatability.
I did have to order some parts for my JLC part library. In this case LCSC carried the part so the simplified process only took ~3days. For my new board, I ordered some parts from digikey/mouser and this took a little more than a week. Not every part was available even if a major distributor did carry it, like a small smd coincell battery for example. Maybe they would add it by request, or maybe they don’t want to deal with batteries. JLC made 3d models with placement data for my new parts included with the small fee of just a few dollars per part per run, and they store them for free. It’s hard to beat. Customer support was very helpful and attentive to the few questions that I had.