Any text file that contains the reference designators & X-Y location of the parts is ideal. You can check to see if you have a text file by opening the file with Windows Notepad. If you can read it, it’s a text file. We have CAM software specifically designed to import files of almost any text format. A typical text CAD file will look something like this.
Gerber data is not ideal for locating components. However, gerber data can be manually digitized for component location information as a last resort.
Shore Printed Circuits can accept BOMs in almost any file type. The BOM should contain the following fields:
- Your part number
- Reference Designators
- Component Package (I.E. SOT-23, SO-8, 0603)
- Manufacturer 1
- Manufacturer 1 Part Number
- Manufacturer 2
- Manufacturer 2 Part Number
Fiducials are used as a data origin & skew alignment for automated SMT equipment.
This is a typical Fiducial.
Keep Fiducials in at least .100″ from edge of board.
This is how component Fiducials are typically setup. Having component Fiducials is helpful for placing fine pitch components.