Ep. 26: The role of electronic components distributors w/ Digi-Key
In this episode we take a broader look at what electronics distributors like Digikey are, what role they play, and what value adds the provide in addition to selling components.
First off, let's start with the basics....what is CircuitHub? To put it simply we provide a PCB assembly service that makes it easy to get your electronics made, whether you are prototyping or ready to scale to thousands of units. On CircuitHub you can upload your EDA design files, get a live interactive quote, and order fully assembled circuit boards. If you are an electrical engineer looking for a new solution to your pcb manufacturing and assembly needs, then CircuitHub might be right for you!
Now let's get started with your first CircuitHub project!
The very first step to getting a quote on CircuitHub is to create a new project. Do this simply by clicking on the "New" button under your projects section on your CircuitHub dashboard.
Next you'll need to upload your original EDA design files. In order to move forward from this step you must provide all of the files specified for the design tool you are using. We cannot accept Gerber files for upload and quoting. Some more information about why can be found here. At the moment we support Altium (and its derivatives), Eagle and KiCAD. We do eventually plan to support all major design tools, but unfortunately don't have a timeline on that just yet.
Once you have successfully uploaded all of the required files, name your project and click Continue to import your project.
After you click Continue your project begins the import process during which CircuitHub automatically extracts all of the important information out of your design files. This process may take a few minutes so please be patient. However, if this seems to be taking an absurd length of time ( more than 10 min) please contact us.
In order to see your quote you first have to reconcile you project. To do so, click on the BOM lines highlighted in red and search for a part number that is appropriate for that BOM line. When you imported your project CircuitHub will have attempted to automatically reconcile each BOM line to a concrete part number. Some details on how to specify parts in your EDA tool so that they can be automatically reconciled can be found here. Even if a part was automatically reconciled by CircuitHub, please make sure to check each part before ordering to ensure that it is the correct one.
If there is a part that is not already in the CircuitHub database or a part that is out of stock that you know of an alternative source you can learn how to add it here.
Once all of your parts have been reconciled you will receive a quote!
Using the slider bars you can dynamically check pricing depending on the number of units and lead time you want. Once you have decided on the number of boards and the ship date you can click on "Order Now" to fill in all of your shipping and payment details to complete the order. After the order is placed you will have access to an order page with all of your order details as well as an interface that allows you to directly communicate any issues that may come up with our manufacturing team.
If you have any other questions about using CircuitHub we recommend checking out our Help Center or feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org