Manufacturers and prototyping companies ask for the positioning files of all components, including through hole (THT) components.
I have been looking for options in KiCAD 5.1.4-1, but I can’t find how to export them to the positioning files. I do get the positioning information the “Footprint report” file, but that is not an accepted format.
In the positioning file I do succeed in getting the Virtual (!) and SMD components, but not real THT components.
Just to be clear, this is the popup from where I generate the positioning files - I also tick the option “Include footprints with SMD pads …”.
I have checked the forums. This question has been around since the beginning of 2017 at least:
- PCBA wants all parts in the POS file not just SMD
- How to tell contract manufacturer which component goes where?
Defining all THT components as SMD would be a workaround - the positioning file does not have the information about the component type.
The bug report shows " 2018-07-18 / Fixed in revision deed1d67b37d67295e62374b99e51bcd6c68a173" . I’ve checked the code edits - I can’t see how this is “fixed”.
Should this be reopened as a bug report or feature or is this just something that will never be proposed as a standard feature in KiCAD. [Of course we could implement this ourselves, but integrating scripts proposed by other users is generally not a pull and run operation - I am going to try mounter.py]