I've designed my first PCB that will be machine populated. I sent my design to a fab who is going to panelize and make the bare boards.

I'm using a separate company to populate the boards. Would it be typical if they just wanted the pick and place file I generated for the individual board, or would I have to somehow make one for the whole panel?

  • \$\begingroup\$ If you have already identified the PCB assembly shop(s), you should simply post this question to them. They will be impressed by your consideration. \$\endgroup\$ – Nick Alexeev Nov 5 '15 at 21:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ Personally, I prefer to do the panelization myself. You still have to talk to the board house if you want to optimize the panel size. \$\endgroup\$ – Spehro Pefhany Mar 4 '19 at 16:42

Usually you send a pick and place file for a single PCB. I hope the board house knows what the assembly house needs for fiducials and tooling holes.

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    \$\begingroup\$ That said, DON'T forget fiducials!!! \$\endgroup\$ – Scott Seidman Nov 5 '15 at 19:00

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