Parent page: Draftsman Objects
A Draftsman Bill Of Materials (BOM) is an automatically generated table object that lists the physical assembly items in a PCB design. The table data is directly derived from the project PCB file or if one is present in the current project, an Active BOM document. A Draftsman BOM Table can also represent the constituent items from a specified design Variation or a placed Board Assemby View.
The BOM table's visual style and included data content is configurable in (or via) the Properties panel.
A Bill Of Materials table is available for placement in a PCB project Draftsman document from the Editor as follows:
After launching the command, BOM data is retrieved from the source PCB file or Active BOM document, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and the generated BOM table is attached to the cursor. Move the cursor to the desired position then click to confirm the placement.
The position of a placed Bill Of Materials may be graphically changed by selecting the table in the design space then dragging it to a new location. Note that the table cannot be graphically resized, but will automatically scale to accommodate the font style/size as specified in the Properties panel.
To help manage the vertical size of a BOM table in a Draftsman document, the listing sequence can be split over a number of table objects – see Split BOM Tables.
Properties page: Bill Of Materials Properties
The non-graphical method of editing a Bill Of Materials table is available in the Draftsman Properties panel, which provides a range of editable properties, style and design content settings for placed Draftsman objects.
To open the Properties panel and access the properties of a placed Bill Of Materials:
If the Properties panel is already active, click on the Bill Of Materials to access its properties in the panel.