On the AISLER project page you have two ways of creating a BOM. A manual one and an automatic one. Obviously, we recommend using the later one, but the manual way isn’t too hard either. So, let’s get right to it:
Add parts manually
Simply navigate Parts tab on the AISLER project page. Then choose “Add part manually”. A pop-up window will appear where you can search for the part you need.
What information do you need to add a part to your BOM?
Ideally you have the Digi-Key part number ready, but the manufacturer part number (MPN) works just as well. If you don’t have either, you can simply search for what you need by name or description. Hit “Search” and the part should pop right up. Just press “Add” and the part will be added to your BOM.
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The green dot in the “Rating” column will let you know if the part is available right away, so you can see if there might be an issue with the supply and you can act accordingly. Usually Digi-Key offers direct replacements that you can use instead. This will also help you when thinking about series production. Some parts are drastically limited in their available quantities. Taking this into consideration during the prototyping phase will save you a lot of money and nerves later on, so it’s good advice to keep that in mind when designing your PCB.
Now let’s get to the fun and easy way of documenting your BOM
Add parts automatically
The keyword here is schematics. If you have a well prepared schematic, your complete BOM is just a file upload away. Simply click “upload schematic” in the BOM tab and choose the right file. If you’ve specified the MPN in your schematic file, that’s all you need to do. All parts will be added to the BOM and assigned correctly.
If you haven’t filled out the MPN fields in your schematic, there’s a small step you still must do. Assigning the parts.
Assign all parts by klicking "Assign" and then assigning the correct part. This step is analog to adding parts manually.
Tags: parts, Bauteile, BOM, schematic, Digi-Key, MPN