Creating, Managing, and Ordering PCBs

The MacroFab Platform enables you to create and order PCBs through an entirely self-service process, with real-time quoting. These articles walk you through each aspect of the process from uploading your design files to completing an order.
Creating and ordering turnkey assembled PCBs with the MacroFab platform is a self-service process, without the need to call or email anyone to get a real-time, ready-to-order customized quote.  In this article, we provide an overview of how you'll create and order PCBs through MacroFab.
To facilitate our automated manufacturing process, we need complete information about your project, including PCB design files, bill of materials, and placement data for all components. For many EDA tools, we can extract this data automatically from the native files. If you're using an unsupported tool, want to create your data manually, or just want more information on how we handle the data for your project, this article covers all of the data you need to provide.
With PCBs created using Eagle CAD, the MacroFab platform can automatically populate your PCB information from Eagle files, or you can use our ULP to generate Gerber files and raw data to upload manually.  This article walks through getting your Eagle designs into the MacroFab platform quickly and easily.
With PCBs created using KiCad, the MacroFab platform can automatically extract placement and bill of materials data from KiCad files.  This article covers getting your KiCad designs into the MacroFab platform quickly and easily.
For PCBs created using Diptrace, the MacroFab platform can automatically extract placement and Bill of Materials data from Diptrace files.  This article walks through getting your Diptrace designs into the MacroFab platform quickly and easily.
For PCBs created using Altium, MacroFab can automatically extract all manufacturing data from the ODB++ export data from Altium.  This article walks through getting your Altium designs into the MacroFab platform quickly and easily using ODB++.
With PCBs created using PADS, the MacroFab platform can automatically extract all manufacturing data from the ODB++ export data from PADS.  This article walks through getting your PADS designs into the MacroFab platform quickly and easily using ODB++.
You can choose to either use standard PCB manufacturing specifications and be batched with other orders for a lower price, or choose to customize your PCB requirements.  This article guides you through the PCB customization process.
The PCB Viewer allows you to review your Gerber files for correct alignment and check for mistakes before the order is processed.
The PCB Bill of Materials view allows you to manage the list of components to be placed on your PCB during assembly, while also detailing costs and any potential issues all in one place. This article covers the features and capabilities of the PCB Bill of Materials management tab.
To ensure that your PCBs are manufactured as expected, we ask you to visually verify parts placement data.  This article guides you through the process of using the parts placement screen.
To insure that elements from different orders/PCBs do not interfere with each other during our manufacturing process, we may automatically crop elements from a PCB which lie outside of the board outline.  This article covers what issues may potentially occur with cropping, and how to resolve them.
The MacroFab Platform enables you to easily consign materials in for PCB assembly, or to ship materials to us ahead of time and use them in one or more PCB production orders. This article guides you through the process of consigning in materials and building from inventory.