It’s still ongoing. I’ve built a few boards with it. You can see more here.
Together with KiPart, SKiDL is definitely my favourite KiCad companion, well done indeed xesscorp
One killer feature for me (if not already in the works/thinking) would be panelizing of gerbers as a last step of the whole SKiDL workflow/api. I’m currently using a SVG/Inkscape hack to panelize my boards when baking them at home:
$ cat crop_svg.sh #!/bin/sh inkscape -g -f `pwd`/kicad-plot-SVG-F.Cu.svg --verb=FitCanvasToDrawing --verb=FileSave --verb=FileClose --verb=FileQuit
Combined with a simple HTML file in dire need for Jinja2/templatization:
$ cat panelize.html <html><head></head><body> <object type="image/svg+xml" data="kicad-plot-SVG-F.Cu.svg"></object> <br/> <object type="image/svg+xml" data="psone_grafitti-F.Cu.svg"></object> </body></html>
I have little clue how easily hackable gerbers are to achieve the same goal (panelize), but since the topic has been brought before on kicad forums I thought it might be a nice wish, combined with proper/automated management of mouse bites between boards, it can really be a huge time saver for both users and fabs, IMHO.
I’m glad that KiPart and SKiDL are helping you out!
As for panelizing, that’s an area I haven’t tried to automate. I just use the PCBNEW ‘add board’ feature to combine several PCBs. I have a mousebite component that I place around each board outline when I create them. The component has two versions of footprints, one being a mousebite with several drills and the other just being a straight piece of PCB edge. Then I just change the footprint at each location where a mousebite is or is not needed.