Our countdown to Wuthering Bytes 2016, the UK Maker Belt's prestigious festival opening on the 2nd of September, continues today with a look at a tool many electronics hobbyists may find rather handy: Kitnic.it.
Created by Kaspar Emanuel, Kitnic.it is designed to make it as easy as possible to dive in to the world of open hardware. Projects can be uploaded to the site, where they are given a permanent project page containing a preview rendering of the circuit board and a list of parts required to complete the build - known as the Bill of Materials, or BOM - with one-click ordering capabilities from a variety of component outlets.
Where Kaspar's project excels is in making it as simple as possible for both project creators and project consumers. Those designing open hardware projects need only upload Gerber and drill data files, the specially-formatted BOM, and an optional description file, then issue a pull request to the project's GitHub repository. Those wishing to then build to the project can then see a visualisation of the circuit board, download the Gerber and drill files for submission to a PCB manufacturing house or in-house printing, and use the BOM to order the components required without the fear of buying the wrong parts.
Kaspar is due to give a presentation on the project at the Open Source Hardware User Group (OSHUG) OSHCamp talks day on Saturday the 3rd of September as part of Wuthering Bytes 2016's extended schedule. In it, he promises to talk about the site's overall functionality, the standards he's eager to promote, and the technical challenges encountered during the site's construction, as well as a roadmap for new features and capabilities.