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KiKit

Tooling for automation of production of PCB designed in KiCAD

The EDA suite KiCAD is a widespread libre solution for designing electronics. KiKit is a Python library, KiCAD plugin, and a CLI tool to automate several tasks in a standard KiCAD workflow. The main goal of KiKit is to make the step from finishing a PCB design to having a physical PCB as easy as possible, as fast as possible, and as error-proof as possible. It achieves that via automation of manufacturing data preparation. The automated processes are reliable, repeatable, and require zero designer input. Thus, they are error-proof. KiKit allows you to perform sanity checks of the PCBs, build panels according to the description and generate manufacturing data (gerbers, assembly files, BOMs, stencils), PCB documentation, and more. All this can be fully automated and, e.g., integrated into continuous-integration pipelines. Not only KiKit provides ready-to-use pipelines for the most common scenarios, but it can also serve as a framework for building custom PCB post-processing setups.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.

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