The Parts Tab is how you configure which components that you'd like PCB:NG to use to manufacture your design. It's designed to be flexible, so there are a few different scenarios that may be applicable to your use:


If you can, you should really go with an Advanced Pick and Place file, because it's just so super-easy.


Using the Parts Tab for Manual Parts List Entry


If you don't have Pick and Place data, you'll need to enter Digi-Key or Mouser part number for each component that you're using, along with a unique part identifier. If you have special parts needs, please open a support ticket, and we can often issue a "special part number" that you can use in the ordering process. In this example, we're adding some of the parts that are going to be placed for the 555 Demo board:



Note: the screenshots will be updated to reflect that either Mouser or Digi-Key numbers can be input for part identification.


In the example, we've entered identifier information in Identifier fields, and Digi-Key numbers in Digi-Key/Mouser  Part Number fields. Clicking on Add Another Part adds a new set of blank fields.

To make data entry a bit easier, each field has a pop-up menu for additional functions:


In the above example, there's the option of adding a new Identifier to an existing part (as has been done for D2), or assign a new Identifier to an existing part, using Same As..., or to just delete the Identifier entirely. Note that if you delete the last Identifier assigned to a Part, you'll delete the Part along with the Identifier.

You can also delete a Part using the menu for that field:


Once you've entered all of your data, click on the Part Search button. Ideally, all of your Identifiers should get a green check mark next to them, indicating that the part was found and is in stock:



If everything is green, you're ready to continue to the Placement Tab.

Using the Parts Tab with Basic Pick and Place Data


Start by uploading your Pick and Place file. You can elect to use either CSV formatted text, or for you Excel users, XLSX works, too:



If you upload a Basic Pick and Place file, you'll need to enter a Digi-Key Part Number for all of your identifiers. In this example, we've uploaded the the Basic Pick and Place data from the 555 Demo Board

(New Feature: Mouser Part Numbers work, too).



Select and confirm the correct headers in the drop-down menus for each column, and then select Submit Pick-and-Place File for Processing. It'll return you to the Parts Tab:


Essentially, each Identifier requires a corresponding part number. Doing so will change the status of the Identifier:



If more than one Identifier uses the same Part, you can use the Identifier pop-up menu to avoid too much data entry:



You can also delete a Part using the menu for that field:



Once you've entered all of your data, click on the Part Search button. Ideally, all of your Identifiers should get a green check mark next to them, indicating that the part was found and is in stock:



If everything is green, you're ready to continue to the Placement Tab.

Using the Parts Tab with Advanced Pick and Place Data


Start by uploading your Pick and Place file. You can elect to use either CSV formatted text, or for you Excel users, XLSX works, too:



 If you upload an Advanced Pick and Place file, most of the work is done for you. In this example, we've uploaded the Advanced Pick and Place data from the 555 Demo Board:


Select and confirm the correct headers in the drop-down menus for each column, and then select Submit Pick-and-Place File for Processing. It'll return you to the Parts Tab:


The nice thing about using Advanced Pick and Place is that it's a one click operation - once you submit, PCB:NG searches for your parts. If all the parts get a green check-mark, you're ready to continue to the Placement Tab.