Simple utility to create assembly drawings


#1

I am posting this, the first of several, utilities to extend KiCAD. This set of utilities will make for easier post-PCB assembly and BOM documentation.

The first utility, ku-refdes.py, takes a PCBnew file and outputs a new file with reference designators centered and appropriately oriented on top of their components. There is an option to push them to their appropriate fab layers. This is intended as an assembly documentation aid.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks!

Noel


#2

Hi, Noel, good work! Please consider adding your utility to the listing of KiCad utilities at https://github.com/xesscorp/kicad-3rd-party-tools. If enough people do this, it will make finding these utilities easier. Also, please add a short explanation to your README file that explains how to install your script.


#3

I will do that once the tools are proven to work well enough.