Projects (BOM management)

Managing lists of electronic parts has long been near the top of the requested features list. A BOM (Bill of Materials) lists all the components required for a project/build, along with their quantities, comments and pricing information.

PartsBox has just taken the first step towards BOM management with its "Projects" feature. It is now possible to create projects and add parts to them. PartsBox will let you know if you have enough stock to build a given quantity of a project, it will also conveniently display which storage locations you will need to access. It is possible to remove stock for all project parts with a single click.

Project notes support Markdown syntax and can be used for short notes or even a full project log.

Note that projects can contain any parts, not just those that you have stock for. This means that PartsBox can be useful for planning future projects and purchasing. In fact, commercial users will have access to pricing and purchase planning features (given your planned builds, distributors' price breaks and your cash on hand, how many of a particular part should you order?) in the future.

Also, there are plans for allowing projects to be public. A public project would have a web page with project notes and a list of components. This is very useful for maintaining up-to-date web pages for open-source hardware projects.

I hope you enjoy the new features and have fun building electronic projects with PartsBox!

Earlier blog posts: An improved search engine (2016-02-27)
Later blog posts: Tags (2016-04-26)

PartsBox is an online app that lets you take control of your electronic parts inventory, BOM pricing, and small-scale production. It keeps track of where components are stored, what the current stock levels are, and which components are used in which projects/BOMs.

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