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Kit Space (formerly Kitnic) is a registry of open source hardware electronics projects that are ready to order and build. It could be described as a "Thingiverse for electronics". The most important elements of a Kit Space project page are:

  • A prominent link to download the Gerber files and a preview rendering of the board
  • The ability to quickly add the required components to a retailer shopping cart (using our browser extension)

Help us build an open hardware repository of useful electronics projects!

pcb-stackup

The renderings of the PCB files are made using pcb-stackup. You can get similar renderings and also inspect invdividual layers, using the tracespace gerber viewer.

Get in touch

Submitting your project

Check out kitspace.org/submit which will guide you through the process.

kitspace.yaml format

Currently the kitspace.yaml makes use of the following fields:

summary: A description for your project
site: A site you would like to link to (include http:// or https://)
color: The solder resist color of the preview rendering. Can be one of:
       - green
       - red
       - blue
       - black
       - white
       - orange
       - purple
       - yellow
bom: A path to your 1-click-bom in case it isn't `1-click-bom.tsv`.
gerbers: A path to your folder of gerbers in case it isn't `gerbers/`.

Paths should be in UNIX style (i.e. use / not \) and relative to the root of your repository. The YAML format is pretty straight forward but if you need to know more check the example below and the YAML website. Use this YAML validator to be extra sure that your kitspace.yaml is valid.

Some examples

Check out the repo links of the projects listed on kitspace.org already. The minimum required file tree is something like :

.
├── 1-click-bom.tsv
└── gerbers
    ├── example.cmp
    ├── example.drd
    ├── example.dri
    ├── example.gko
    ├── example.gpi
    ├── example.gto
    ├── example.plc
    ├── example.sol
    ├── example.stc
    └── example.sts

A more advanced example could be something like:

.
├── kitspace.yaml
└── manufacture
    ├── advanced-example-BOM.tsv
    └── gerbers-and-drills
        ├── advanced-example-B_Adhes.gba
        ├── advanced-example-B_CrtYd.gbr
        ├── advanced-example-B_Cu.gbl
        ├── advanced-example-B_Fab.gbr
        ├── advanced-example-B_Mask.gbs
        ├── advanced-example-B_Paste.gbp
        ├── advanced-example-B_SilkS.gbo
        ├── advanced-example.drl
        ├── advanced-example-Edge_Cuts.gbr
        ├── advanced-example-F_Adhes.gta
        ├── advanced-example-F_CrtYd.gbr
        ├── advanced-example-F_Cu.gtl
        ├── advanced-example-F_Fab.gbr
        ├── advanced-example-F_Mask.gts
        ├── advanced-example-F_Paste.gtp
        └── advanced-example-F_SilkS.gto

with kitspace.yaml containing:

summary: A more advanced example
site: https://example.com
color: red
bom: manufacture/advanced-example-BOM.tsv
gerbers: manufacture/gerbers-and-drills

Development

Architecture

Current

This repository is the Kitspace front-end. The contents including all project data are currently pre-compiled into a static site. The main part of the site that requires server side components is the submission preview (/submit). Pages also use freegeoip lookup to decide what sites to link to for people that do not have the 1-click BOM browser extension. This roughly illustrates the main data flow when someone is browsing the site.

We have two services running for the submission preview.

And one for the geo ip lookup on pages.

Planned

We are using GitLab as an authentication and Git hosting service. We modify and proxy it to get the functionality we need. The graphs get too complicated if we try to add all the possible data-flows but here is the rough data-flow for submission of a project.

Services used are:

  • nginx-config to configure Nginx to serve the frontend and all services.
  • partinfo for getting part information for BOMs.
  • gitlab-config configuring GitLab to be used for authentication and Git hosting.
  • gitlab-proxy for requests that need to access GitLab API but need any kind of added functionality like unauthenticated access or modifying projects (which needs additional hooks to trigger processing).

Roadmap

  • GitLab and Accounts
    • Modify GitLab and integrate with login in Kitspace frontend
    • Build frontend for basic account settings
    • Make GitLab source of user projects
  • Upload submissions and editing
    • Allow for file upload to GitLab
    • Gerber plotter processing for KiCAD and Eagle
    • BOM extraction processing
    • BOM Builder

Requirements

  • Nodejs >= 6
  • fswatch on OSX/Windows or inotify-tools on Linux
  • Ninja Build >= 1.5.1
  • The rest of the dependencies can be retrieved via npm install

Running a local dev server

  • Get requirements above and make sure executables are on your path
  • npm install (or yarn install)
  • npm start (or yarn start)
  • Point your browser at http://127.0.0.1:8080. The script should watch for file-saves and re-build when you change a source file.