We’re happy to announce an entirely new KiCad processing engine to make it easier and faster to create new PCBs in the MacroFab platform for designs made with KiCad.
As new versions of KiCad have come out, our original processing engine had trouble keeping up with the changes in file formats and features. Additionally, due to limitations in the processing engine, KiCad users generally had to take more steps to create a new design than Eagle or Altium users had to. With our latest update, you can now do everything you need with just two files.
The MacroFab platform can now process all needed Gerber layer files, part placement, and bill of materials data directly from KiCad native files. It also handles the latest versions of KiCad without error. This means, as a KiCad user, you only need to upload the .kicad_pcb and .sch files and the MacroFab platform will automatically process all of the data necessary to build your board.
For more information on working with KiCad files in the MacroFab platform, check out our knowledge base article. Our knowledge base will help you with additional information on our platform, technical capabilities, platform resources, and troubleshooting. There’s even some legal stuff there, including the Manufacturing Service Agreement and our Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement that ensures IP protection.
Have more questions? Reach out to our support team and we’ll help.
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