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Open Hardware should be easy to build. has lots of great projects and we want to make them easier to build by providing shared BOMs.

Findchips Pro is a vendor-agnostic way to share BOMs that are always up-to-date, and ready to purchase at the cheapest price.

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Michael Welling wrote 01/03/2018 at 22:05 point

Is there a way to get part status/stock update alerts via email? This would be a very useful.

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Mick Oldfield wrote 09/02/2017 at 16:21 point

for some reason my account still says account type: trial in the account profile is this normal

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BetaMax wrote 06/20/2017 at 20:38 point


I really like your project and I think I have skills to help you.
I received an email from Sophie and I like to gave you some feedback from my experience on my own proyects submited for HackaDay Prize. I have a preliminary BOM for the Black Mirror Project that dont get fit on the "Components" section of my project profile because we are profiling 2 separate BOMs for different models of the same device, one first version designed for the Best Product contest that will prioritize low cost and opensource hardware in a DIY kit form for a crowdsourcing campaing on CrowdSupply by the end of the year for a Profesional Maker/Hacker prosumer and another model in a more integrated way with more ergonomics, better perfomance on resolution and frame rendering for a consumer like aproach for final users.
I will take a look on the FindChipsPro this week to test our BOMs on that awesome tool and share it with you to take a more experience based opinion on the platform.

Best wishes and Happy Hacking!

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Ted Yapo wrote 05/26/2017 at 22:29 point

I looked into this - it sounds great, but it won't give me an account.  I'm a member who just hasn't happened to submit a project in the 2017 Hackaday Prize.  When I try to use my account to sign up, it says:

"We're sorry, it looks like you haven't submitted any project to the Hackaday Prize 2017"

which, of course, I knew already.  Is it not enough to be active on and have projects I want to make open BOMS for? Should I submit a random project to the prize just to get an account with FindChipsPro?

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dackdel wrote 05/26/2017 at 18:41 point

what is a open bom?

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Shulie Tornel wrote 06/13/2017 at 21:48 point

@dackdel open bill of materials, as in open to the public. 

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Ashwin K Whitchurch wrote 05/25/2017 at 17:17 point

Wow, this is pretty amazing, especially locating part on Digikey is great. I just uploaded my Schematic file from Eagle, no more exporting and all that stuff. And since this shows costs, even better. Some issues I faced:

1. I couldn't group some parts together (eg. I had to find a 0.1 uF and 100nF)

2. Some part numbers don't match and I can't seem to edit them meaningfully.

3. I don't know how to get prices automatically for the ESP32, its not on Digikey.

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Lutetium wrote 04/28/2017 at 18:49 point

Anyone who would like to give feedback in realtime should join the chatroom.

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K.C. Lee wrote 04/28/2017 at 18:53 point

Might want to make the chat room usable first. :P

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K.C. Lee wrote 04/28/2017 at 18:43 point

More feedback: The UI needs work.  My impression is that as is, it is more useful for industrial users than hobbyists.  It is not a full BOM for a project or a product as it doesn't allow for parts that are not in the database

- Need to be able to handle BOM items that are not in database.  Either being able to add other parts e.g. OSH Park PCB and/or CAD drawings for 3D printing, mechanical parts, firmware load etc. 

- being able to delete the items easily.  additional columns for comments, alternative part, alternative configuration 

- provide a way of selecting a single supplier to source all the parts from a pull down to cut down shipping fees/delivery time/custom etc.  For hobbist show hidden cost, processing fees

- it is painful to use the database for generic passive parts.  Unlike industrial products that that needs full control of the suppliers/sourcing, open source projects are best served by what's available to the end user which might be in a different country with different availability.  This last part is very different between industrial products and open source projects.

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Clara Hobbs wrote 04/27/2017 at 21:28 point

It's an open source BOM tool?  Where can I find the source code?  What OSI-approved license is it released under?

EDIT: Subtitle has been updated.  Thanks!

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 04/28/2017 at 00:20 point

No idea... But it's another site of the supplyframe galaxy, so it makes sense that they converge here.

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Aleksandar Bradic wrote 04/28/2017 at 03:24 point

The description needs update ;) It's referring to "Open BOMs" (as in Open Hardware).

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K.C. Lee wrote 04/27/2017 at 20:04 point

It is like those build a pc websites.  :D
Sometimes it make sense to order all the BOM from a single distributor as the shipping cost (+handling cost/duty/tariff) can add up quickly.  It would be nice if its is aware of hidden costs such as: shipping cost, minimum ordering quantities for each item, minimum ordering to qualify for free shipping etc.

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