Where's Captain Kirk?

We're getting close to V1.0 of PCB:NG, code-named after the big guy himself, and we thought we'd give you a head's up about what that means to all of our beloved beta testers.

We also have a special offer for you power users, but that's another blog post entirely.

Pricing

The most obvious change for Kirk will be pricing. We're still working on what the release pricing is going to be, and it's still going to be a flat-rate scheme, but no surprise, some designs are going to see an effective increase. Which means that if you've been on the fence about getting an order in, don't wait much longer.

That being said, we've been listening. Folks want great pricing on sparser and simpler designs. We got you covered - it's coming in Kirk.

DFM

We're also going to be incorporating at least one upgrade to the current DFM system, one that a lot of folks have been clamoring for (hint: cough, solder mask, cough).

We've also been working on speeding previews and DFM report generation. Really complicated designs can take up to 10 minutes. Big improvement on the normal 24+ hours of everyone else in the industry? Definitely. Still too slow? We think so, and we're going to steadily get it as close to instant as we can.

Part Sourcing

The biggest upcoming change, and perhaps the one most requested: multi-distributor support. For those of you that have had to deal with hackery to get special order parts, well, that's going away in the next few weeks.

More

If you haven't touched PCB:NG in a while, there are many changes already in place. Some of them are entirely under the hood - we've been refining our automation, and as a result, the vast majority of orders are shipping in 12 days or less. Not only are we going faster, but we're doing it even as our order volume has increased by 50x since we launched the site. And we've expanded our Supported Components - like 0402 LEDs? MELFs? RF shields? So do we!

Kirk isn't all that we've got planned - it's just the start. As the Captain would say, second star to the right and straight on till morning.