I’m curious, how many professional users of KiCad are out there, and how their work flow looks like. I’m talking of 20+ designs per year.
In Team14 we use KiCad from the very beginning (2017), and I used it in different commercial and hobby projects since 2012.
Over the time we developed a procedure, which leads from the schematic down to the Gerber/BOM and order lists, with KiCad and many different python tools and scripts. That procedure also includes a custom database (a big csv-file), from where all other things were derived. It’s a quite interwoven process and thus maintenance is rather time consuming. Further more, in the current state of development, it isn’t quite user friendly either.
I’m thinking of it building a centralized GUI, to run and monitor all the different scripts for a given project. If I knew, others would also need something like this, I would be a bit more motivated to implement that. But perhaps this is too specific to our work flow anyway.
Here is a flow chart, which isn’t completely up to date, since the current extension to this only exist on paper.
overview.pdf (25.2 KB)
How do you get along with all the hassle of parts database, ordering lists, assembling prototypes and generating production files?