Have you ever thought that when you complete the design on KiCad, you can place an order on PCBWay with just one click? Now this idea is finally achieved. PCBWay has launced a plugin that does just that!
How does it works
When you click PCBWay Plug-in button on Kicad, see the red circle below ( You need to install the plugin in first as described here below.)
The plugin will export the folowing files in your project, so your PCBway ahs all the information they need to produce your PCB and enable it if you choose to.
1.Gerber files in correct format for production
3.Bom-file that includes all information of components
4.Pick and Place-file used in assembly
You can click “Save to Cart” to place an order immediately after uploading the files, their engineers will double check the files before the production. But You better check if everything is in order the way you like it too be.
Note: They have updated plugin for Kicad 7, you could also place assembly order directly now.
Install Kicad plugin
Just open the “Plugin and Content Manager” from the KiCad main menu an install the “PCBWay Plug-in for KiCad” plugin from the selection list.
You can also download the latest ZIP file from https://github.com/pcbway/PCBWay-Plug-in-for-Kicad, then open the “Plugin and Content Manager” from the main window of KiCad and install the ZIP file via “Install from File“.
They can get all information of components used in your design. In order to speed up the quotation of components, they need this information:
1. Designator (necessary)
2. Quantity (necessary)
3. MPN/Part Number (necessary)
4. Package/Footprint (necessary)
5. Manufacturer (optional)
6. Description/value (optional)
As a sponsor of KiCad, they will always support its development!
 PCBWay, PCBWay_Plug_In_for_KiCad, https://www.pcbway.com/blog/News/PCBWay_Plug_In_for_KiCad_3ea6219c.html
 KiCAD, KiCad EDA A Cross Platform and Open Source Electronics Design Automation Suite, https://www.kicad.org