Words of Advice: What Data Format do you Send Your Assembly Provider?


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In a recent survey, we asked the following question: What PCB data format(s) do you send to your PCB assembly supplier? Here are just a few of the answers, edited slightly for clarity.

  1. PDF drawings, Excel BOM, and PADS ASCII files.
  2. A Mentor neutral file.
  3. Fabmaster.
  4. One good reason to send fab files: Your assembly provider will often be ordering the bare PCBs.
  5. The pick-and-place files.

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