Manufacturing guy-at-large.

Why not Github for mechanical design files

Added on by Spencer Wright.

I spoke today to Jon Placa @ ProtoExchange about how we're using Github on The Public Radio. In a followup email, he asked: "Is there any reason why you aren't using Github to host your actual design files (beyond gerbers)?" My reply:

No singular reason. But...
  • Only I work on our mechanical design, so there's no need to collaborate.
  • When I was collaborating on mechanical design (last job), I used Autodesk Vault - which is actually pretty good.
  • Mechanical design is even more fragmented - it's not as if me posting .ipt and .iam files on Github means they're really useful to anyone else, because maybe they're on Solidworks or an earlier version of Inventor - or, more likely still, on some consumer grade system.
That said, the original goal was to be open with all of it, and I would like to post those files there too - if only for posterity's sake.