wish list IPC-2581 compliance

Bug #594013 reported by nobody
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I would like to see KiCAD conform to IPC-2581. It would be the first package to support this standard as far as I know. If picked up by the industry this standard would eliminate the need for us to enter pads.


Stephen Eaton (seaton)
Changed in kicad:
status: New → Triaged
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Artsiom Shchatsko (cioma) wrote :

Indeed it would be great to be able export manufacturing data to IPC-2581.
Specification is available here for free after registration: ipc2581.com/index.php/ipc-2581-standard-files

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xzcvczx (xzcvczx) wrote :

the fact it would be the first EDA package to conform and "If picked up" makes it seem rather useless

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Artsiom Shchatsko (cioma) wrote :

Well, this bug and the comment about KiCad being the first tool to support it was created almost 8 years ago. Nowadays quite a number of ECAD packages already support IPC-2581. And IPC-2581 is being picked up by manufacturers because more and more ECAM tools support it.

I decided to add my comment to this old wishlist bug instead of opening a new (duplicate) one.

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Nick Østergaard (nickoe) wrote :

Spec not freely available.

Changed in kicad:
status: Triaged → Won't Fix
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Christopher Wilson (chris-tempo) wrote :

Hi Nick, you're totally right, IPC-2581 standard costs $160 to download from the IPC website (the same is true for IPC-D-356 netlist standard which KiCad supports)

That said, IPC-2581 is an open, neutral industry standard, and it's free for anyone (individuals or corporations) to join the IPC-2581 consortium and get access to latest specification drafts.

If you guys ever change your mind about adding support for IPC-2581, but cost of purchase is a barrier for developers getting access to the standard, please PM me.

(Full disclosure - I work for a manufacturer that's using IPC-2581 to automate the factory, and we would LOVE to be able to accept IPC-2581 data from our KiCad customers!)

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Seth Hillbrand (sethh) wrote :

This has started to get traction with manufacturers and the standard drafts are available via the association's website.

Changed in kicad:
assignee: nobody → Seth Hillbrand (sethh)
status: Won't Fix → In Progress
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KiCad Janitor (kicad-janitor) wrote :

KiCad bug tracker has moved to Gitlab. This report is now available here: https://gitlab.com/kicad/code/kicad/-/issues/1954

Changed in kicad:
status: In Progress → Expired
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