How can we convert these multiple formats to correct manufacturing data?Do you know the procedure in details or are there any links to learn? Thanks.
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The standard format, for better or worse, is the venerable Gerber RS-274X format, one per layer, and a human-readable README file. As an engineer I want to generate Gerbers myself. I disapprove of the idea of shipping the source format and having the vendor generate artwork from that.
Even with plain gerbers, I've been bitten several times by vendors adjusting things to suit their needs without telling me. (And probably been saved more times than that, without telling me.) It is the lack of communication that bothers me. If I have a file with errors in it and the board house silently fixes them, then I'm left with a liability: at any future board revision in the future, new boards might suddenly start failing when the vendor forgets to run one of their fix-up scripts.
If the vendor is generating their own gerbers from my Altium files, there are a nearly-infinite number of tweaks they can be doing behind my back. Why else would they need the original files?
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