At Flux, we’re harnessing the power of AI to take the tedium out of the hardware design process. Today we’re excited to announce the next game changer from Copilot: AI component creation.

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Simply upload a datasheet, select the part you’d like to generate, and watch Copilot create a component to your organization’s standards. Contact sales if you’d like to request a demo.

The Component-Creation Bottleneck

Your team has a new project coming up, but before they can even start designing, they need the right parts in their design tool. Standard practice today is manually creating those components from scratch, meticulously transferring specifications from the datasheet into your tool. The process is slow, time consuming, and fraught with the risk of error—errors that could set your project back days or even weeks, throttling the entire hardware development pipeline.

References used to create components like datasheets, spreadsheets, PDFs, and CSVs all follow different formats and can be difficult to navigate. Translating this information into your PCB design tool to create symbols and footprints is tedious and time-consuming, slowing down your process. When it’s time to review components, engineers need to navigate datasheets and make edits one by one.

All together, the status quo means your organization is wasting time, losing money, and falling behind the competition. It’s time for this process to be improved.

Reduce Component Creation to Minutes with AI

Complex parts used to take days to create. With Copilot’s new part-generating capabilities, we take that down to hours. Simple parts used to take hours. We shortened that to minutes.

Our new AI-powered workflow allows you to create parts by importing PDF datasheets directly. Copilot will automatically extract part information, generate components, and enable easy review, validation, and editing—all within the browser.

Just follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Upload a Datasheet

The process begins with AI-powered data extraction. By importing your PDF datasheets into Flux, Copilot is off to the races.

Step 2: Import with AI

It intelligently scans, identifies, and extracts data, transforming static PDF information into dynamic, editable components within minutes. Copilot will automatically create schematic symbols and pins mapped from the datasheet, along with footprints. By default, footprints are in compliance with IPC standards, but this can be customized to any format of your choosing. If a part has multiple footprint options, Copilot will allow you to select which one (or ones) you want a footprint for. Copilot is fully customizable, allowing you to automatically extract whichever information from the datasheet that is most important to you.

Step 3: Review with AI

Next, it's time to review the output.

Want to make sure everything looks right, or have more questions? Instead of reading through hundreds of pages of datasheets to review the component, you can simply ask Copilot a question and get a quick response. And in the unlikely event of an error, the project chat of the created part will contain Copilot’s thoughts on what might’ve gone wrong during the import.

Step 4: Make changes seamlessly

Because Flux is an end-to-end PCB design tool, everything from the footprint and 3D model to the symbol and all the properties can be edited. Want to change a corner radius? Just click and edit.

Here, Flux’s emphasis on collaboration shines by facilitating a collaborative environment for your design team. Each member can verify and edit the AI-extracted data and the resultant part, making the process iterative and precise.

Something else that makes Flux different is the use of rules. In Flux, rules can be used to make many cascading changes at once, like CSS, and take effect immediately. Rules can also be used to constrain part properties to ensure they stay within a certain range.

This effort not only ensures that the part is correct but also that it is consistent with your team's standards.

Step 5: Share and Export

Once everything looks good, it’s time to publish the output. The AI-processed and team-reviewed data is now ready to be used by everyone on your team. This means your component data is compliant with industry standards and ready for application in real-world projects with few roadblocks.

Currently, users with an Enterprise license also have access to component exports, where parts can be exported for use in other industry-standard tools. For everyone else, you have the ability to publish your new parts to the Flux community library and start using them in Flux immediately!

Within your team, we have built in organization library management tools that allow for the efficient distribution of components within your team. That way, everyone is on the same page and has access to the same resources.

Major Benefits for Companies

An AI-powered workflow for handling datasheets and part creation offers an entirely new way to approach the task. But what benefits can it immediately actualize for your team?

  • Time-saving: Copilot takes what used to require hours or days and reduces the process to mere minutes. This time saved translates directly into more time for design, iteration, and bringing products to market faster.
  • Rich Metadata: Copilot doesn't stop at basic information about your parts. It dives deep to provide rich metadata, offering a more holistic view of each component's capabilities and constraints.
  • Enhanced Review Process: Flux provides the ideal platform to facilitate an exceptional review process. With Flux, your team can collaborate to ensure that the data carries the collective intelligence and oversight of everyone involved.
  • Everyone’s on the Same Page: With our organizational library management tools, everyone on your team has access to the same parts and benefits from Flux Copilot. That way, you’re all on the same page.
  • Tool Interoperability: Created parts are outputted in industry-standard formats, meaning that you can easily use your part in the design tools of your choice.

Ship Products Faster

With Flux, managing and creating parts from datasheets is no longer a pain point but a streamlined, reliable, and collaborative experience. It's about empowering engineers and designers to break free from the mundane, accelerate the design process, and get products shipped faster.

If you want to embrace the future of PCB design with Flux, contact our sales team today.

If this sounds interesting to you and you'd like to request a demo or learn more, please contact sales.

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Jake Hertz

Jake Hertz is an Electrical Engineer who works with Flux. He has his M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and previously worked for MakerBot Industries where he worked developing the electrical systems for next-generation 3D printers. Find him on Flux @jakehertz

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