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 Files for manufacturing  

Last post Tue, Mar 5 2013 8:43 AM by FrancisFogarty. 2 replies.
Started by FrancisFogarty 05 Mar 2013 07:24 AM. Topic has 2 replies and 552 views
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  • Tue, Mar 5 2013 7:24 AM

    Files for manufacturing Reply

    Hi guys,

    i produced the following files as directed earlier by  Kabalee, but maybe i did something wrong!

    1.Assembly Top and Bottom,

    2.No of Signal Layer

    3.Mask Top and Bottom /Paste Top and Bottom

    4.SilkScreen Top and Bottom

    5.Drill file 

    6.Netlist file in IPC-356 

    i sent these to my manufacturer and he Gerbers are ok except 


    1. no outline of PCB given is files( i taught i had this included , should be easy fix)
    2.  No readme file giving specifications, for example material type and thickness and so on
    how can i produce the 2nd point above? Thanks


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  • Tue, Mar 5 2013 8:30 AM

    • oldmouldy
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    Re: Files for manufacturing Reply

    Strictly speaking, the board outline is the boundary between the edge of your board and the rest of the universe, so it has a width of 0. When you send this to output, you need to set the Undefined Line Width for the Film to get the 0 width of the boundary overridden to "something" that gets plotted in the Gerber data. As a conseequence, you probably want the Board Geometry / Outline to go to its own Outline film. (You could set an Undefined Line Width for any film but this might not be great if there are any 0 widthlines lying around)

    For version 16.5 onwards, Tools>Cross-Section will get you a cross-section generated from the layer data in the design cross-section. You need to use some PCB SKILL function for previous versions, search the PCB SKILL forum if you need this.

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  • Tue, Mar 5 2013 8:43 AM

    Re: Files for manufacturing Reply

    Thanks Oldmouldy,

    yes that is what i forgot to do regards the undifined line width. thanks

    and thanks for the 2nd part also version16.5 onwards , Tools>Quick Reports> cross section did the job.

    thanks again for the help.



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